1981 born in shiraz, iran

2000 lives and works in vienna

2007 university of applied arts vienna (christian ludwig attersee)



erziehung / tarbiat, 22. jan. 2020, 5 pm, sotheby's artist quarterly, vienna *


schau.....6, kunsthaus kollitsch, klagenfurt


past (excerpt)


mahroum/ausgeschlossen (excluded), strabag kunstforum, vienna *

a matter of form, langenzersdorf museum, langenzersdorf, curated by silvie aigner

vienna art week, artist talk with Lisa ortner-kreil   

award exhibition, strabag kunstforum, vienna 

a matter of form. kunsthaushorn. curated by silvie aigner

crease, galerie weihergut, salzburg *


vienna art week, artist talk with angela stief

2=1, galerie Lisa kandlhofer/project room, vienna *

vienna contemporary

segregation/tabiies, lendhafen-klagenfurt, curated by Nora leitgeb *

galerie hinterland, structures/sakhtar, vienna *


identity, parallelvienna *


galerie ulrike hrobsky, vienna


artmark gallery, vienna

querschnitt, galerie zimmermann kratochwill, graz

das vertraut entfremdete, aic gallery, vienna *


project space/kunsthalle, vienna

wittgensteinhaus, vienna


stuttgarter film winter, der gezeichnete nomade


heiligenkreuzerhof, vienna 


strabag international artaward 2019

award of recognition

in her work soli kiani refers to her teenage years in iran as a woman in an isolated, strictly religious and patriarchal country. after years in vienna, she became more and more aware of the circumstances under which she spent her childhood and youth where she was prescribed the ideology of family, society, school and moral police. clothing, fabrics and fashion have played a rather dominant role in her life. fabric was not only clothing, but also a protective cloak, as well as the prison of her identity.


her artistic exploration derives from the depiction of her own life as a woman in islamic iran and in democratic austria, hence the starting point is an autobiographical one. nevertheless, her goal is to bring social issues to the fore and not to force something on people what she has experienced. 


“the viewer should be allowed to freely forge an opinion through my abstract forms. I do not teach anyone or impose an opinion on anyone. my goal as an artist is to allow debates on all sorts of topics, with which the recipients are confronted through my works, emerging in a broader social and political context,” says kiani.


(text: liesa takagi)

(* solo exhibition)