Shaghayegh Cyrous

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Tehran, Iran
mixed-media, pop, installation, video-art, performance, modern, traditional, photography, digital, graffiti/street-art, exhibition/performance

Shaghayegh Cyrous is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary and Social practice artist. Her  works deal with communication and translation caused by worldwide cultural and political circumstances. Using interactive strategies such as participatory engagement projects, performances, video, installations and video chats to create poetic spaces and opportunity for communication and connections. 


Tehran, Iran, 1987


MFA in Social Practice, California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco, CA, 2015-2017

BA in Visual art, University of science and culture (USC), Tehran, Iran, 2010


Co-founder and creative director of Klozar Design, supporting women weavers residing in the rural areas of Iran

The Language Project, Interactive Performance series in collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova 

Lost Rug Project, specific site installation in collaboration with different strangers around the world, 2012-present


2017   The House of Power, Four Elements Fitness Oakland, CA

2015   Lost art project, Meyer library, Oakland, CA

2011   Motivation, Tehran East Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


2017   A Window to Tehran, Commencement Exhibition 2017, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

           Light, Art and Crime, Organized by Kota Ezawa, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 

           Golden Class Language Breakfast, From The Language Project series, in collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova, Open Engagement, Chicago, IL

           The Closest I could Get to the Sun, MFA Thesis exhibition, PFC, Wattis, San Francisco, CA

           Debtfair (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

           The Garden, Practice Social, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

           Meet "THEM", MENArt Group, 100 Days Action, Hubbell Street Galleries, San Francisco, CA

            A window to Tehran, MFA Now 2017,  Root Division, San Francisco, CA

            Again, Rigo 23 project, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2016   ‪#‎simulacra, A window to TehranEmbark Gallery‬, Juried by Julie Casemore and Allie Haeusslein

           Critiquing United Nations, as a part of The Language Project, SFArtNight in collaboration with Shirishti School in Bangalore, India, UN Plaza, San Francisco, CA

           In-Transit, Co-Curated by Shaghayegh Cyrous, Hubble street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Inhale, group exhibition at Silk Road gallery, Tehran, Iran 

           Real people performs, real people by Arash Fayez, Two performances, The language project in collaboration with Magdalena Hartelova and Museum in Museum in collaboration with Prima Sakuntabhai, Asian Art museum, San Francisco, CA

           The Language Project, Parking Lot Art Fair, Collaborated with Magdalena Hartlova, San Francisco, CA

          Practice Social, Social Engaged art group exhibition, in collaboration with Samira Davarfara, Art Center gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Crossroads project, part of Make a Change exhibition, Project leader Sepa Sama, at Kulturcentrum Ronneby Konsthall, Ronneby, Sweden

           Unison Of Sky, The 5th festival of 30 performances, 30 Artists, 30 days, curated by Amir Rad,  in collaboration with Samira Davarfara, Tehran MOCA and CCA  in San Francisco, Iran/USA

2015   Can We Talk About Art?, facilitated by Amanda Eicher, SFMOMA On The Go, San Francisco, CA

           Outside Ourselves, Ourselves Outside, CCA MFA group exhibition, Bryant, San Francisco, CA

           Inside Out Iran, Curated and presented by Art Canteen and Roya Arab, Rich Mix, London, UK

           Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

           Offline.1, SO Contemporary, London, UK

2014   Ma (We) in collaboration with Taraneh Hemami, Fabrication Exhibition, Project of Survival, Southern Exposure (SoEx), San Francisco, CA

           The future of the past, the past of future, 4th festival of 30 performances, 30 artists, 30 days, curated by Amir Rad, Tehran East art gallery, Tehran, Iran

           Culture Citizen: The Immigrant and the StrangerDenver Seminary, The Bridge Gallery, Denver, Colorado

           Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

           Red Carpet and Black Dandelion, Solitary Collaborative Practice, Emeryville, CA

2013   Speak Your Peace, SOMArts Cultural Center, curated by Justin Hoover, San Francisco, CA​

2012   Mirror, Golestan Palace, Curated by Drawing House, Tehran, Iran

2011   Balcony, Curated by Haleh Anvari, Aaran art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

           Ajayebol Maxluqat, Iran art organization, Momayyez art Gallery, Curated by Drawing House, Tehran, Iran

           Portrait, Seyhoun art gallery, Tehran, Iran

           In appreciation of Shamsol ‘Emare, Golestan palace, Tehran, Iran

2010   Water, mud, wind, fire,in appreciation of Pakistan’s flood, Solh gallery, Red Crescent, Tehran, Iran

           First Iranian art festival, Saba museum of art, Tehran, Iran

           Spring, MOP, curated by Haleh Anvari, British Museum of London, UK

           Coffee House, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran

2009   The Traveler, University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Iran​