Hamid Rahmanian

Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John Guggenheim Fellow. His work centers on film and graphic arts and has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. Rahmanian’s narrative and documentary films have premiered at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and IDFA film festivals. He has won numerous international awards, and his works have been televised on international networks, including PBS, the Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. Rahmanian undertook the immense task of illustrating and commissioning a new translation and adaptation of the tenth-century Persian epic poem Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, published as Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings (Quantuck Lane Press, 2013). This best-selling 600-page illustrated book was lauded by the Wall Street Journal as a “masterpiece.” Rahmanian’s artwork from the book has been exhibited and purchased by several museums. He also created a cinematic shadow play based on a love story from the Shahnameh, entitled Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016 and later at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rahmanian recently completed Zahaak: The Legend of the Serpent King, a pop-up book to be released in 2017 through Fantagraphics Books in English and French. He lives in Brooklyn.