About the Artist

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Cyrus Mahboubian (b. 1986, London) is a British-Iranian artist known for his contemplative approach to photography and his continued use of analogue materials, especially polaroid. He has stated that his intentionally slow process is a response to the increasing influence of technology in modern life.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Moscow, Istanbul and Dubai, and he has taught workshops at venues including Tate Britain and The Photographers’ Gallery. Recent projects include a commission of 10 site-specific photographs for Soho House Greek Street in London. His debut photo-book VISCERA was published in May 2019.


“Each click of the shutter is precious, so it has taught me to look more closely at everything“

– quote from an article published by Culture Trip, August 2018




Selected art fairs & festivals

11th Fotografia Europea - ‘The via Emilia. Roads, Journeys, Borders’, Reggio Emilia, Italy (6 May - 10 July 2016)

SCOPE, De Re Gallery booth, Miami Beach, USA (1-6 December 2015)

Photo LA, De Re Gallery booth, LA, USA (15-18 January 2015)

Moscow Photo Salon, Artwin Gallery booth, Moscow, Russia (11-15 September 2013)

Selected solo exhibitions & projects

‘VISCERA’ book signing at London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (7 September 2019)

‘VISCERA’ book launch at Sotheby’s, London, UK (12 May 2019)

‘Nomad’ at The Edit, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE (12 November 2018 - 17 January 2019)

‘Murmur’ at Galerie Nivet-Carzon, rue Geoffroy l’Angevin, Paris, France (13-17 April 2016)

‘Mulholland: Polaroids from LA’ at Galerie Nivet-Carzon, rue Geoffroy l’Angevin, Paris, France (11-15 November 2015)

Screening of video work 'Un Hôte' at Edge of Arabia, Elcho Street, Battersea, London, UK (11 August 2015)

‘Muse’ at De Re Gallery, Melrose Avenue, LA, USA (18 September - 22 October 2014)

A photographic installation in response to the play ‘The Body of an American’ at Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, UK (27 February - 8 March 2014) and at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London, UK (16 January - 14 February 2014)

‘Instant Exposure: The Physical Print’ at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London, UK (6-15 June 2013)

Selected group exhibition

current ‘Lande: The Calais Jungle and Beyond’ at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK (27 April - 29 November 2019)

‘Botanica’ at Tristan Hoare, Fitzroy Square, London, UK (17 May - 5 July 2019)

'MIGRATE' at the Amastan Hotel, Paris, France (8-11 November 2018); LCB Depot, Leicester, UK (18-23 June 2018); St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK (15-25 February 2018); and Omeara, London, UK (29 August - 2 September 2017)

'Alchemical Imagination' at LIBRARY, St. Martin's Lane, London, UK (7 October - 6 December 2017)

Summer Group Show at Arthill Gallery, North End Road, London, UK (6 July - 1 September 2017) 

ArtAttack launch exhibition at The.Dot.Project, Fulham Road, London, UK (27 June - 3 July 2016)

‘Beyond Borders’ in aid of Unicef at Blain|Southern, Hanover Square, London, UK (16-21 May 2016)

‘Spaces, Contexts, Habitats’ at Palazzo Biscari, Catania, Sicily, Italy (30 June - 3 July 2015)

‘Blue Nudes’ at De Re Gallery, Melrose Avenue, LA, USA (28 May - 27 June 2015)

‘Échos’ at Galerie Anne et Just Jaeckin, rue Guénégaud, Paris, France (3-30 December 2014)

‘Parallel Threads’ at Ekavart Gallery, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey (31 October - 23 November 2013)

‘Young Masters’ at Sphinx Fine Art, Kensington Church Street, London, UK (8-23 October 2013)

‘Analogue: The Photograph in an Age of Digital Reproduction’ at The Jam Factory, Oxford, UK (13 August - 29 September 2013)

‘Womart: The Male Perspective’ at Dubai Ladies Club, Dubai, UAE (19-23 May 2012)

‘External: New Art from Further East’ at The Redchurch Street Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK (25-31 October 2010)

Selected talks

Artist talk at Christie’s, King Street, London, UK (11 February 2019)

Panel discussion 'Art for Everyone' at St Cross College, University of Oxford, UK (17 January 2018)

Panel discussion ‘Artist as Entrepreneur’ at Shoreditch House, London, UK (3 October 2016)

Artist talk at the 11th Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy (8 May 2016)

Panel discussion ‘What Makes Art Sell?’ at LIBRARY, St. Martin’s Lane, London, UK (2 December 2015)

Artist talk, ‘Muse’ exhibition at De Re Gallery, Melrose Avenue, LA, USA (28 September 2014)

Artist talk, ‘Instant Exposure’ exhibition at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London, UK (11 June 2013)

Selected workshops led

Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey, UK (6 June 2015)

The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK (13 October 2013)

Tate Britain, London, UK, for Crossway Foundation (22 August 2013)

Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey, UK (2 February 2013)

Tate Britain, London, UK (7 July 2012)


Villa Lena Foundation, Tuscany, Italy (October 2018)

Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland, UK (March 2015)

Artist-in-Residence at the Gate Theatre supported by Chelsea Arts Club Trust, alongside the production ‘The Body of an American’, London, UK (February - March 2014)