Early Years and Family History: Shirin Neshat was born into a well-to-do family in Qazvin, Iran. Her father was a physician, and her mother was a homemaker. Her upbringing was progressive, and she was encouraged to pursue education and cultural activities.

Education and Early Career: Neshat moved to the United States in 1974 to study art at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her BA, MA, and MFA. The Iranian Revolution in 1979 significantly affected her, as she was cut off from her family and homeland for many years due to the political situation in Iran.

Career Beginnings and Development: After completing her studies, Neshat moved to New York City, where she initially struggled to find her artistic voice. She took a break from creating art, working in a non-art-related field and managing the Storefront for Art and Architecture, an alternative space in Manhattan.

Major Works and Artistic Breakthrough: Neshat’s return to Iran in the 1990s inspired her to start creating again. Her experiences and observations of the changes in Iranian society, especially the role of women, became central themes in her work.

  • Women of Allah Series (1993-1997): This series of black-and-white photographs marked her breakthrough. The images depict veiled women with calligraphy on their skin, combining Persian poetry and images of martyrdom, reflecting the complex identities of Muslim women.

Ups and Downs: Neshat’s work often faced controversy and censorship, both in Iran and abroad. Her portrayal of Muslim women has been criticized by some for reinforcing stereotypes, while others praise her for giving a voice to the voiceless. The political nature of her work has sometimes limited her access to exhibitions in certain countries.

Real Name: Shirin Neshat

Date of Birth: March 26, 1957

Birth Place: Qazvin, Iran

Nationality: Iranian-American

Religion: Islam (culturally Muslim but secular)

Horoscope: Aries

Residence: Lives and works in New York City, USA

Partner: Neshat has been private about her personal relationships.

Father: A physician who encouraged her education.

Mother: A homemaker who supported her cultural pursuits.

Age: 67 (as of 2024)

Height: 165 cm

Weight: Around 132 lbs (60 kg)

Body Type: Slim

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Hair Color: Black