Timo Nasseri German-Iranian, b. 1972
Timo Nasseri (b. 1972, Germany) explores themes such as geometry, mathematics, architecture, calligraphy, and most recently, camouflage. Combining Islamic and Western cultural heritages, his work is inspired as much by specific memories and religious references as by universal archetypes described by mathematics and language, and the inner truths of form and rhythm. His work uses the means of natural science to open up a perspective for the poetic and fantastic. Nasseri takes his inspiration from mathematics, geometry and patterns and underlines their interconnectedness in terms of repetition and aesthetics in his drawings and sculptures. His practice is one that tackles the subject of infinity and that aims to solve puzzles, whether they are historical mysteries or the explorations via mathematical theorems to discover an overarching order in the chaos of existence.
Timo Nasseri was born in Berlin in 1972 to a German mother and an Iranian father. He received his diploma in photography from the Lette-Verein, Berlin in 1997. Nasseri began his artistic career as a photographer before making the transition to sculptor in 2004. After travelling to Iran with his father he started to explore the relationship of geometry and Islamic architecture. Combining Islamic and Western cultural heritages, his work is inspired as much by specific memories and religious references as by universal archetypes described by mathematics and language, and the inner truths of form and rhythm.
He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at Mercedes-Benz Contemporary (2022); Museum Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt (2022); The British Museum, London (2021); The Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2021); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2022, 2019); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2019); Sfeir-Semler Gallery (2009,12,15,19); CCA Andratx (2019); Stichting Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen (2018); The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017); The Melbourne Triennale (2017); Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2017); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (2016); AK Vienna (2016); KW-Kunstwerke, Berlin (2015); and The Drawing Room Biennial, London (2021,2019, 2015).
Nasseri is a winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011 and was awarded the Saar Ferngas Förderpreis Junge Kunst in 2006.
His work is in the public collections of: Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, Berlin, Germany; British Museum, London, UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Spenser Museum of Art, Kansas, USA; and David Roberts Collection, London, UK.
Timo Nasseri lives and works in Berlin.
Timo Nasseri and Walid Siti in conversation with British Museum Curator Venetia PorterFebruary 25, 2021Drawing lies at the heart of the practice of Timo Nasseri and Walid Siti. This talk explores the art they make, what inspires them and...
Art Dubai Portraits talks with Timo NasseriApril 23, 2018For the inquisitive German-Iranian photographer-turned-sculptor Timo Nasseri, the concept of infinity has held a dominant presence in his body of sculptural and illustrative works. The...