Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is a French – Iranian artist. Born in Paris in 1984, he lived in Tehran, Iran as a teenager and young adult. Many of his works are well-known for exploring his visionary and philosophical views on life and humanity, derived from the artist’s personal life experience of post-revolution Iran, including the Iran-Iraq war, a traumatic period in the history of the country; and his subsequent reflections on these experiences while living in France and elsewhere.

Behnam-Bakhtiar’s oil paintings are created in his signature style of peinture raclée involving an intricate style of scraping, relaying and spreading of numerous blends over particular points.

For the artist, these represent layers of energy, feelings and time. He paints from one layer to another for several months to years to create his complex works referencing to a prosperous way of life, human evolution, the universal language, eternal feelings and Self, history, present and future, awakening a strong sense of experiencing positive emotions and transcendence, while accessing its audience’s psyche to bring about locked knowledge, intuition and human sensitivity.

Sassan’s most recent body of oil paintings have been shown worldwide including a solo exhibition at Dusseldorf’s Setareh Gallery, London’s Saatchi Gallery and a solo exhibition at the historic Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Behnam-Bakhtiar’s works are part of notable private collections internationally.

Sassan is currently based in the South of France where he continues to pursue his chosen disciplines.

Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is a French – Iranian artist. Born in Paris in 1984, he lived in Tehran, Iran as a teenager and young adult. Many of his works are well-known for exploring his visionary and philosophical views on life and humanity, derived from the artist’s personal life experience of post-revolution Iran, including the Iran-Iraq war, a traumatic period in the history of the country; and his subsequent reflections on these experiences while living in France and elsewhere.

Behnam-Bakhtiar’s oil paintings are created in his signature style of peinture raclée involving an intricate style of scraping, relaying and spreading of numerous blends over particular points.

For the artist, these represent layers of energy, feelings and time. He paints from one layer to another for several months to years to create his complex works referencing to a prosperous way of life, human evolution, the universal language, eternal feelings and Self, history, present and future, awakening a strong sense of experiencing positive emotions and transcendence, while accessing its audience’s psyche to bring about locked knowledge, intuition and human sensitivity.

Sassan’s most recent body of oil paintings have been shown worldwide including a solo exhibition at Dusseldorf’s Setareh Gallery, London’s Saatchi Gallery and a solo exhibition at the historic Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Behnam-Bakhtiar’s works are part of notable private collections internationally.

Sassan is currently based in the South of France where he continues to pursue his chosen disciplines.

Collection (selection)

Mairie of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, FR
Santo Sospir, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, FR
Collection of Lady Frederick Windsor
Collection of HRH Sheikha Muneera Bint Ahmed AlKhalifa
Collection of HRH Sheikha Hessa Bint Ahmed AlKhalifa
Collection of Yevgeniy and Gulnara Feld
Collection of Andrea Morante
Collection of Farhad Bakhtiar
Collection of Ilya Melia
Collection of Ali Jassim
Collection of Darius Sanai
Collection of Eric Underwood
Collection of Maselis Family

Publication (selection)

Extremis
Essay by Felix Fischer
Setareh

​Oneness Wholeness
Essay by Edward Lucie Smith
Unicorn Publishing
Saatchi Gallery

​Future & Memory / Memory & Future
Essays by Lisa Pollman, Janet Rady and Joobin Bekhrad
Shirin Gallery