Keyvan Shovir
Walnut creek, California

Keyvan Shovir, an Iranian born artist, creates Pop Art that combines visual references from his native culture with classic images of American consumerist culture. Borrowing from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Keyvan paints cultural icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn masked in a hijab or overlaid with Islamic calligraphy. Under his pseudonym CK1, Keyvan was a pioneer of the graffiti movement in Tehran. Iranian artists have experienced censorship of their work since the revolution over 30 years ago. Street and urban art is on the rise in Iran, as young artists use public spaces to question the country’s social and political status quo. Keyvan’s work challenges the notions of the viewer by presenting the familiar in a new and unexpected way, combining two cultures to confront the stereotypes we have of each other. Keyvan currently lives in San Francisco, pursuing his MFA at California College of the Arts.

Marilyn Monroe in Red Pattern
14.5" x 11.5" , mixed media artwork

Marilyn Monroe in Patterns
15.5" x 14.75" , mixed media artwork

Vampire Marilyn
15" x 12.2" , other media

Audrey Hepburn with Scarf
19.5" x 13" , mixed media artwork

Colorful Girl
36" x 36" , acrylic painting

Marilyn Monroe
15.5" x 13" , mixed media artwork

Cover Up Colors
22" x 28" , mixed media artwork

Marilyn Monroe Calligraphy
30" x 24" , mixed media artwork

Blonde in the Wind
11" x 28" , mixed media artwork

Wind Blows
11" x 28" , mixed media artwork

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