Houshiary was born in Shiraz, Iran 1955. She moved to London in 1974. She studied at Chelsea School of Art, London 1976-1979, was Junior Fellow, Cardiff College of Art, 1979-1980, and her first solo exhibition was subsequently at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff in 1980.

She quickly became established at the forefront of the younger generation of sculptors working in Britain in the 1980s and her work was included in important group exhibitions such as Aperto ’82, XL Venice Biennale in 1982, and ‘Les Magiciensde la Terre’ at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 1989. Houshiary’s first solo show at the Lisson Gallery, London was in 1984, and she has continued to show there on a regular basis ever since. She had her first solo exhibition in New York at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in 1999. The Centre d’Art Contemporian, Geneve organised a solo museum show for the Musée Rath, Geneve in 1988, which then toured to the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1989. Her solo exhibition, ‘Ishmus’, was first shown at Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, before touring to the Museum Villa Stuck, München, the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, and Hochschule für Angewandete Kunst, Vienna in 1995-1996. Her work was included in the XXIII Bienal de São Paulo in 1996. ‘10 Intensita In Europa’ at Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato 1998. Skulptur Biennial Münsterland in 2003. ‘Art and Happiness’ Mori Art Museum Tokyo 2003. ‘Turning Points 20th Century British Sculpture’ at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 2004. ‘Without Boundary’ Museum of Modern Art New York 2006. Deloitte Ignite, Royal Opera House London 2008. ‘Between Metaphor and Object’ IMMA Dublin 2009 and Sydney Biennale 2010. ‘Arsenale’, Kiev Biennale, Kiev 2012. ‘Breath’Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2013. The International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia 2014. ‘Genius Loci’ – Spirit of Place, on the occasion of the 14th International Architecture Biennale, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice. ‘Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art’ Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, 2015. ‘The River is Within Us’ Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore 2016. ‘The Grains Whirl and the Ripples Shift’ Espace Muraille Geneva Switzerland, 2016. ‘Glasstress 2017’ 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice. ‘Sculpture in the Close’, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, 2017. ‘Breath’, Everything At Once Vinyl Factory, London 2017.

She was short-listed for the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery in 1994, and was awarded the title Professor at the London Institute in 1997. Houshiary lives and works in London.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023Rhizome, Long Museum, Shanghai, China
2021A Thousand Folds, Lehmann Maupin, NY, USA
Pneuma, Lisson Gallery, London, United Kingdom
As Time Stood Still, Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, China
2017Nothing is deeper than the skin, Lisson Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2016Shirazeh Houshiary, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
Les grains tourbillonnent et les ondulations se déplacent, Espace Muraille, Geneva, Switzerland
2015Smell of First Snow, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Shirazeh Houshiary, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
2013 Breath, Torre di Porta Nuova, collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Breath, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India
The Eye Fell in Love with the Ear Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, USA
2012String Quintet, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, USA
Shirazeh Houshiary, Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
2011No Boundary Condition, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Altar, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK
2010Light Darkness, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2008Shirazeh Houshiary: New Work Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Saint Martin-in-the-Field Church, London, UK
2007The Paradise (28), The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2006Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2004Lehmann Maupin, New York
Playground, Gloucester Primary School, London, UK
Breath, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Breath, Battery Park, NY, USA
2003Recent Works, Lehman Maupin, New York, NY, USA
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Lisson Gallery, London, UK
2002Museum SITE, Santa Fe, NM, USA
2000Self-Portraits, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
1999Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1997Islamic Gallery, British Museum, London, UK
1995Isthmus, Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Natherlands
Hochschule für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria (British Council touring exhibition)
1994The Sense of Unity, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
1993Turning Around the Centre, Amherst Fine Art Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA
York University Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
Harn Museum, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL, USA
Dancing Around My Ghost, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
1992Galleria Valentina Moncada, Rome, Italy
Isthmus, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
1988Centre d’Art Contemporain, Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
1987Breath, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
1986 Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1984 Lisson Gallery, London, UK
1983Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Syracuse, Italy
Galleria Massimo Minini, Milan
Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna
1982 Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, UK
1980 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Everything At Once, Vinyl Factory, London
Sculpture in the Close Jesus College, Cambridge, UK
Glasstress 2017, 57th Biennal di Venezia, Venice
2016 Mass Individualism: A Form of Multitude, Ab-Anbar, Tehran, Iran
5 50 500, Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
2015 Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA
Au rendez-vous des amis, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini, Collezione Burri, Citta di Castello, Perugia, Italy
Lisson Gallery & STPI Present: Collaborations, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
2014 International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Genius Loci – Spirit of Place, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice, Italy
Reductive Minimalism: Women Artists in Dialogue, 1960–2014, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2013Sculpture in the City, City of London, London, UK
Pattern: Follow the Rules, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI, USA
Writings Without Borders, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China
Glasstress: White Light/White Heat, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2012Arsenale 2012, Kiev Biennale, Kiev, Ukraine
13th Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
2011 Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, Dayton Art Insitute, Dayton, OH, USA
201017th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Drawing to Form: Art from the Weltkunst Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2009 Lisson Presents 5, Lisson Gallery, London
2008Tropismi, Valentina Moncada Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
More Than Words, Von Lintel Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
13th Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara, Carrara, Italy
Fatto Bene!, Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
2007What Is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
Reverence, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, USA
PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2006Without Boundary: Seventeen Ways of Looking, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
A New East Window for St Martin-in-the-Fields, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London, UK
Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK
2005 Effervescence, Musée des Beaux Arts, Angers, France
2004The Search for Identity, New Visions, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster, UK
20 Years, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
2003Sculpture Biennial Münsterland, Warendorf, Germany
Back in Shape, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
From Dust to Dusk, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2002A Century of Innocence, Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden
Skultur, Basel, Switzerland
Tenable, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK
As Fontes!, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, Netherlands
Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY, USA
Thinking Big: Concepts for 21st-Century British Sculpture, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
2001 Sculpture Contemporaine: Œuvres de la Collection Frac Rhône-Alpes de l’Institut d’art contemporain, Substances, Lyon, France
New Works, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1999Art Worlds in Dialogue, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
10 Intensita in Europa, Museo Pecci Prato, Italy
British Sculpture, Skulptur im Schloßpark Ambras, Germany
1997Shadow of Life, London Contemporary Art Fair, London, UK
Meditation, Madrasa Ibn Youssef, Marrakesh, Morocco
Sculpture at Goodwood, Goodwood Sculpture Park, Chichester, UK
Follow Me. Britische Kunst an der Unterelbe, Schloß Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
1996Negotiating Rapture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA
Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
23rd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1995Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA
British Art of the 1980s and 1990s: Works from the Weltkunst Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Dialogues of Peace, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
A Changing World: Fifty Years of Sculpture from the British Council Collection, Castle Riding Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
Arte Inglese: A New Generation, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
1994Skulptur statt Denkmal, Galerie Marion und Roswitha Fricke, Dusseldorf, Germany
Sculptors’ Drawings Presented by the Weltkunst Foundation, Tate Gallery, London, UK
Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London, UK
Sculpture at Goodwood, Hat Hill Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK
1993Second Tyne International, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Machines for Peace, 45th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
State of Siege, Bienal Internacional de Óbidos, Portugal
Tresors de Voyage, Monastero dei Padri Mechitaristi dell’ Isola di San Lazzaro degli Armeni, Venice, Italy
1990 Dujourie, Fortuny/O’Brien, Kapoor, Houshiary, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands
1989 Les Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
1987Skulptur Projekte 87, Westfalisches Landesmuseum fur Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany
Vessels, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
1986Sonsbeek 86. International Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem, Netherlands
Skulptur – 9 Kunstnere fra Storbrittanien, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1985The British Show, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; The Exhibition Hall, Melbourne, Australia; National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Seconds Ateliers Internationaux des Pays de la Loire, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, Fontevraud, France
The Poetic Object: Richard Deacon, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Arts Council Gallery, Belfast, UK
1984 British Art Show: Old Allegiances and New Directions 1979–84, City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK; Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK; Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton, UK (Arts Council touring exhibition)
1983Beelden/Sculpture 1983, Rotterdam Arts Council, Rotterdam, Netherlands
New Art, Tate Gallery, London, UK
1982Aperto ’82, 40th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Objects and Figures: New Sculpture in Britain, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Commissions & Public Artworks
2016 Christmas Tree, Tate Britain, London, UK
2015 Chrysalis, Jimmy Choo, Bond Street, London, UK
2011 Altar, St Martin-in-the-fields, London, UK
2010 Undoing the Knot, San Diego, USA
2008 East Window, St Martin-in-the-fields, London, UK
2006 Bloom, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
2004Playground Peckham, London, UK
Breath II, Battery Park, New York City, NY, USA
2003 Breath, Freckenhorst, Munsterland Germany
2001Hum, UBS City of London, London, UK
2000 Basel Switzerland
1996 Bright Shadow, Bristol Life Assurance Company Bristol, UK
1995Dancing Around my Ghost, Dusseldorf Zitadellviertel, Germany
1993 Christmas Tree, Tate Britain, London, UK
Museum and Public Collections

Berardo Collection, Lisbon, Portugal British Council Collection, London, UK British Museum, London, United Kingdom Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, UK Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France, Institute d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne, France, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Museum of Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA, Qatar Museum Authority, Qatar, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, Solomon R. Guggenheim Musuem, New York, NY, USA Tate Collection, London, UK, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK, Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands