Siah Armajani



Siah Armajani has been an unceasing trailblazer for public art, focusing on community and blurring boundaries between art, architecture, and new technology. His work is deeply rooted in history and philosophy, as well as the writings of Persian poets, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Walt Whitman, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Armajani was born in 1939 in Tehran, Iran, immigrating in 1960 to the U.S. where he studied mathematics, philosophy and sociology at Macalester College in Saint Paul. His work over many decades has been internationally recognized and revered. He made his home in Minnesota until his recent death in 2020.




Follow This Line, Installation view of  Siah Armajani,  2019. Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Read a review of his 2020 Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

See a short video on his retrospective follow this line.


Learn more about him and see images of his work.

Artnet recaps his life and career.

The NY Times shares a tribute.