Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:59AM
An artwork created by Iranian street artists Icy and Sot
An artwork created by Iranian street artists Icy and Sot

Tehran has held an exhibition of works by Iranian and international graffiti artists in Dena Art Gallery.

‘Different Strokes of Tehran’ exhibits works by 15 artists, including Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Otto Schade (Chile), Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Madc (Germany), Cept (UK), Canvaz (Ireland),  Cart1 (Spain), Icy and Sot (Iran), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Nafir (Iran), and Levalet (France).

Visitors will be able to see original works by Iranian artists and screen printed versions of works by the international participants.

‘Different Strokes of Tehran’ has been curated by Italian art expert Giancarlo Petrucci and will run until December 7 in the Iranian capital.

Petrucci has held similar events in Malaysia, the US and Afghanistan so far, gathering international street artists from all over the world to share some of the best graffiti artworks with the ordinary, art-loving audience.

The 41-year-old believes organizing such events provides an opportunity to take art out to the open, where it is no longer something meant only for the rich.

Street art is visual art created in public locations and executed outside of the context of traditional art venues. It became popular during the graffiti art boom of the early 1980s, and has been used by artists to communicate with the public without the perceived confines of the formal art world.