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HOSSEIN KHOSROJERDI

Hossein Khosrojerdi is a leading Iranian artist and designer and a noted historical figure. He was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1957 and was educated at the Beaux Arts School of Tehran, receiving a diploma in 1975, and at the Fine Arts Faculty of Tehran University, from which he received a degree in 1985.

Khosrojerdi has exhibited in numerous museums and has received numerous prizes and accolades, including the Grand Prize of the Sharjah Biennial in 2001.

Hossein Khosrojerdi was at the forefront of Iranian political activism in the 1970s and 1980s, and following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he was designated the official artist of the newly established Islamic Republic.

Khosrojerdi’s canvases vacillate between the surreal and the expressive. He is amongst those of his generation in Iran who moved away from the Eastern focus on aesthetics in the arts. It is the concept behind his works which is Khosrojerdi’s mode of, and reason for, artistic expression. On many levels his conceptual art is philosophical, exploring the notions of thought, remorse, regret and introspection, and above all, the importance of humility and self awareness.

The historical relevance of Khosrojerdi’s art, and its seminal importance, cannot be understated, drawing inevitable parallels to the socio-cultural and political influences of Jacques Louis David and Kazimir Malevich.

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