Vita

About the artist

Ahmad Rafi was born in 1961 and started his artistic career in Tehran. At the age of 25 he moved to Germany.

He settled down in Aschaffenburg where he got into contact with German artists. They organized art exhibitions, performances and happenings.

In 1996 Ahmad Rafi was awarded with the Förderpreis für zeitgenössische Kunst (Promotion Prize for Contempory Art) by Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg. In the course of the years he not only participated in many single and group exhi- bitions, but he also curated art events with international guest artists in Frankfurt, e.g. the exhibitions “Taste of Place” in 2002 and “HautNahOst” in 2003.

Gallery Schuster in Frankfurt presented his portrait paintings in 2007.

In 2008 Ahmad Rafi organized an exhibition together with the Dartington College of Arts entitled “1442666 Steps between Dartington and Frankfurt”, in which 19 British and German artists participated.

In 2010 Rafi showed together with the German artist Karin Hoerler at Kunstverein Bellevue-Saal in Wiesbaden, a group of works entitled “Of War and Idyll”. Gallery Witzel, also in Wiesbaden, hosted a concurrent exhibition with further pieces of art from both artists and with the same topic.

In 2011 the foundation Klosterneuburg/Austria nominated Ahmad Rafi for the St. Leopold Friedenspreis (Peace award) on the subject “Justice creates Peace”. One year later Klosterneuburg presented his works under the topic “Dignity versus Cynicism”.

In 2012, 2015 and 2016 the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf presented Ahmad Rafi as part of the exhibitions “Die Große” with his paintings and installations.

Under the title “aab – wasser”, a four-years-project about water that started in 2014 was presented end 2018 in the Kunstverein Familie Montez in Frankfurt.

Between July and October 2019, Ahmad Rafi initiated and curated a series of four European exhibitions on the topic “Artist / Don Quixote”, which takes place in Aschaffenburg, Frankfurt/Main and Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. 22 international artists were invited to show their interdisciplinary works, showing Don Quixote as a parable of the contemporary artist existence in the 21st century.

The artistic work of Ahmad Rafi consists of paintings, videos and installations, but he is also known for his curatorial activities to national as well as international artists in order to offer them a platform for societal topics.