Mehdi Farhadian, A Pleasant Day, 1010. Acrylic on canvas. 130x180cm.

Mehdi Farhadian (Iran) in his work, seeks to integrate abstract and figurative features to create dreamlike landscapes and city views, inhabited by people and animals commonly engaged in enigmatic acts. The idiosyncratic iconography depicted in his paintings comes from different sources such as the overflowing vegetation of the Khazar bank in Northern Iran, famous Iranian buildings and historical figures, and the Iranian middle-class life of the mid-20th century.

Mehdi has an MA in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Tehran and teaches at the Elm o Farhang (Science and Culture) University in Tehran since 2010.

Mehdi’s recent exhibitions include Sanctums of Decision, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York (2016); Art Capital (Comparison), Grand Palais, Paris (2016); The Great Game at the Iran Pavilion for the Venice Biennale (2015); Iran Without Border, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris and Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Museum, New York (2009).

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