Mahmoud Zendehroudi was born in Iran in 1943, and lived in Tehran during the first part of his life. He was the 4th child of a family of eight. His mother’s artistic sensibility had a great influence on him as a painter, and also on the rest of his brothers and sisters. After leaving college, Zende became a journalist but never abandoned his early passion for painting. At first a radio chronicler, he then produced various radio programmes before becoming a well-known journalist on TV in 1969. However, in 1962, he had already exposed some of his work during the 2nd Biennal Event in Tehran, and also in 1970 at the International Exhibition there. The “Tehran Gallery” organised his first private exhibition in 1969. In 1978, Zende left Iran to settle in the south of France. His own discovery of a new way of painting with raised designs lead him to use ‘collage’ as a technique which has set him apart from more conventional iranian artistic movements. It would be hard to put his work into a single category. He uses various materials and techniques, such as collage and sculpting wood pulp. He has had many private exhibitions throughout the world : in Hong-Kong, the USA and Europe, to name a few places, and many patrons of the arts have purchased his paintings to form private collections, in Cyprus, Canada, France, Iran, Germany, Switzerland, U.S.A, Dubaï.
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