Artist: Aydin Aghdashloo
Title: End of an Era: Portrait of Ziba Khanoom, 2012
From series Memories of Destruction
Medium: Archival pigmented inkjet print on Hahnemühle 190gsm, William Turner
Size: 570 x 740 mm
( 22,4 x 29,1 inch. )
Aydin Aghdashloo, son of Mohammad-Beik Aghdashloo and Nahid Nakhjevan, was born on October 30, 1940 in the Afakhray neighborhood of Rasht, Iran. In 1959, at the age of 19, after successfully passing the university entrance examination, he enrolled at Tehran University’s School of Fine Arts. In 1967, unable to complete his studies after eight years, he dropped out of college. In 1975, Aghdashloo held his first individual exhibition at Iran-America Society in Tehran. The exhibited paintings were mostly about floating things, dolls and some works about the Renaissance. Between 1976 and 1979, Aghdashloo helped open and launch Museums Abghineh va Sofalineh, Reza Abbasi Museum and Contemporary Arts in Tehran and also Kerman and Khorram-Abad Museums. Aghdashloo’s interest in including surreal spaces in his works and painting floating objects began in his 30 years of age. During the period, his works were of floating objects having a shadow on the ground. In a surrealistic environment, he painted dolls having no faces influenced by Gergeo Deki Riko and they later became a large part of his series “Years of Fire and Snow”. According to him, painting of such faceless dolls helped him say the subconscious suspicious and illusive word in the form of a painting. In a ceremony that was held in French embassy in Iran on January 12, 2016, Aghdashloo received the Legion of Honour.