Cranbrook Academy of Arts, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Master of Fine Arts, Painting

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Master of Fine Arts, Drawing

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Master of Art, Drawing

Azad University, Tehran, Iran, Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting

Skowhegan Art Residency, Skowhegan, ME 2018 Civitella Ranieri, Italy


Selected Solo Exhibitions

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Shiva Ahmadi, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ascend, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Ascend by Shiva Ahmadi, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Spheres of Suspension, Charles B. Wang Center, New York, NY

Shiva Ahmadi: In Focus, Asia Society Museum, New York, NY
Lotus, Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, New York, NY

Apocalyptic Playland, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Throne, College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH
Throne, Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Reinventing the Poetics of Myth, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Oil Crisis, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Jupan
Long, Winding Journeys: Contemporary Art and the Islamic Tradition, Katonah Museum of Art, NY 
Connected, SF Photo fair, San Francisco, CA
This Land Is Whose Land? Sun Valley Center For the Arts, Idaho

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Agha Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
Sanctuary, Fort Mason Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Exquisite Corpse: Moving Image in Latin American and Asian Art, 
Mana Contemporary, Miami, FL

Homeland Security, For-site foundation, San Francisco, CA
Global/Local, Grey Art Gallery NYU, NYC
Fireflies in the Night Take Wing, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece 
A Heritage Transposed, The Box Freiraum Gallery, Berlin, Germany 

Armory Show, Leila Heller Gallery, NYC

Artist in Exile: Creativity, Activism, and the Diasporic Experience, Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, New York, NY
Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Venice Biennale, Small Works Project, Collaboration of Library Street Collective, Detroit MI and Benetton, Venice, Italy

The Fertile Crescent, Rutgers University Museum Exhibition, Newark, NJ
The Rule and Its Exceptions, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX

Art Abu Dhabi, Leila Heller Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jasmin: Oriental Summer, Sabine Knust Gallery, Munich, Germany
Art X Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
[Dis]Locating Culture: Contemporary Islamic Art in America, Michael Berger Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE
VIP Art Fair, Leila Heller Gallery, Online Art Fair

Art Abu Dhabi, Leila Heller Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tehran – New York, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY 
Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Art Abu Dhabi, Leila Heller Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY 
Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, curated by Dr. Layla Diba, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Just Paper, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Ahmadi & Zhang: Looking Back, the Feldman Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
Distant Shores: Cultural Exchange in Contemporary Art, McIninch Art Gallery, Manchester, NH
Splash, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Conference of the Birds, Leila Heller Gallery, in cooperation with B & S Projects, London

Merging influences, Eastern Elements in New American Art, Montserrat Art Gallery, Boston, MA

Figuratively speaking, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY

Three Positions, Lombard\Freid Projects, New York, NY
Atomica, Lombard\Freid project and Esso Gallery, New York, NY
Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME
Cross Current, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI

Detroit Now, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Rochester, MI
Biennial Art Competition, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
Exchange, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

New Shoes, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI
Paint Creek Center for Arts, Detroit, MI

Selected Bibliography

“Whose land is it, anyway? The Center’s new exhibit explores topics of refugees, immigration”, Andy Kerstetter,, January 2018
“Asian Art Museum program draws on real-world issues”, Brandon Yu, San Francisco Chronicle ,
May 2017

“Shiva Ahmadi Combines The Beautiful And The Violent”, Anna Brady, Harper Bazar, April 2017

“Die Kaiserin als Elefant” (The Empress as an elephant) , Der Tagesspiegel, Werner Bloch, December 2016 (in german)

“Das verlagerte Erbe” (The displaced heritage), Berliner Zeitung, Von Irmgard Berner, December 2016 (in german)

“FOR-SITE Is 20/20”, Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly, September 2016
“New Presidio Exhibit Explores & Illuminates Complex Social Issues” Jean Schiffman, SF Arts, September 2016

“Forum” Radio interview with Michael Krasny, KQED, October 2016

“Six Artists From Iran at Gery Art Gallery”, Holland Cotter, The New York Times, January 2016
“From Shah to Supreme Leader” by Michael Fitzgerald, The Wall Street Journal, Feb 2016
“Shiva Ahmadi’s Subversive Beauty” by Hilary Sheets, Introspective Magazine, Feb 2016
“A Closer Look: Shiva Ahmadi's Pipes” by Julia Rooney, The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, January 2016

“Tracing Tradition in a Survey of Six Iranian Artists,” by Livia Alexander, Hyperallergic, March, 2016

“Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran,” by Bansie Vasvani, Art Asia Pacific, March 2016

“The Best of Iran at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery,” by Ozana Plemenitash, Artversed, April  2016

“13 Artists you should fall in love with this spring”, by Katherine Brooks, 
The Hufftington Post, March 2015

"Graceful Grenades" Shiva Ahmadi animates tales of violence and beauty By Sehba Mohammad,
Modern Painter Magazine, June 2014

“Using beauty to examine ugly political truth” by Laura Mallonee, Hyperallergic, July 2014

“An Exclusive Preview of Lotus, Shiva Ahmadi's New Video Installation”, by Mark Guiducci, Vogue, June 2014

Shiva Ahmadi “Apocalyptic Playland” ARTINFO, February 2013
“CHELSEA ART” Bloomberg, March 21, 2013
 “Flowers of Evil” Manor House Quarterly, October 2013
“RISING IN THE EAST” Art & Antique Magazine; September 15, 2013
Shiva Ahmadi “Apocalyptic Playland” Exhibition Recommendation, GALLERY INTEL, March 2013

Ecker, Heather, “Flowers of Evil,” Flowers of Evil Catalog, Leila Heller Gallery, February 2013
“50 Next Most Collectible Artists,” Art and Auction, June 2012
Laura, Stewart, “Passion for Art: Leila Heller,” Art Bahrain, May 2012
“Leila Heller,” Harper’s Bazaar Art, Spring 2012
Daftari, Fereshteh, “Altered Miniatures: Shiva Ahmadi”. Canvas Magazine, March/April 2011
Genocchio, Benjamin, “Shiva Ahmadi,” Reinventing the Poetics of Myth Catalog, Leila Heller Gallery, February 2010
Gennochio, Benjamin, “Import/Export in the Heat of the Moment”, Art in America, November 2009

Kino, Carol, “Iranian Shine, Assisted by Expatriate”, The New York Times, August 2009

Wei, Lilly, “Selseleh/Zelzeleh” at Leila Heller Gallery, ArtNews, October 2009

Cotter, Holland, “Iran Inside Out”, The New York Times, July 2009

Nazhand, Nazi, “Abu Dhabi Report”, Artnet Magazine, November, 2009

Kaylan, Melik, “The View From Here”, The Wall Street Journal, August, 2009

Waxman, Lori, “Art Galleries: Iran as You’ve Never Seen It Before”, Chicago Tribune, October, 2009

Genocchio, Benjamin, “A Dialogue Between Tradition and Innovation”, The New York Times, 

Joel Brown “New American Art, informed by the East” The Boston Globe, Sep. 2007

Biro, Mathew “Contemporary developments in Drawing” Contemporary 21, August 2006

Crawford, Lynn, “The Mind’s Eye” Web link,, March 2006

Rutter, Ben. Art Review; “It's pronounced nu-cle-ar” New York Art, September 2005

Roberts, Bryony Art Review; Art in the City “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road” L Magazine New York, August 2005 
Haddad, Natalie “Displaced,” Real Detroit Weekly, April, 2004

Pilgian, Ellen “Expats on show” Metro Times, April, 2004

“Review of Exchange at Forum Gallery”, Web Link: "" 

 “Review of On the Wall at Tangent Gallery” Real Detroit Weekly, June 2003

Tysh, George “Wild at Heart” Metro Times, June 2003

Selected Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York, NY
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA
Asian Museum of Arts, San Francisco
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Asia Society Museum, New York, NY 
DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Morgan Library, New York 
Wayne State University Art Collection
Grey Art Gallery, New York
The Farjam Collection, Dubai
TDIC Collection, Abu Dhabi
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Awards and Fellowships

Anonymous Was a Woman Award
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Kresge Artist Fellowship, Kresge Foundation

Nominated for Altoid Award by The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

First Prize, NYC 6th National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY 
First Prize, Biennial Art Competition, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

First prize, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI

John & Irene Sowinski Scholarship 
Wayne State University, Graduate Professional Scholarship, Wayne State University 

Second Prize, 2002 Michigan Drawing Biennial Exhibition, Ford Gallery, Ypsilanti, MI

Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship, the most prestigious Fellowship at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI