Aydin Aghdashloo
Iranian painter
Aydin Aghdashloo
Aydin Aghdashloo is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer. He currently lives in Tehran, Iran and lectures in different Iranian Universities besides his professional work.
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  • 1981
    Age 40
    He married Firouzeh Athari in 1981 from which they have a son and a daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Early in his career, Aghdashloo took great interest in the Renaissance and Sandro Botticelli's paintings in particular. He even used to test his own skills by copying Botticelli's works to the last detail. His admiration for Renaissance paintings lead to the creation of his "Memories of Destruction" series in the early 1970s which became his most celebrated and famous series. In these series Aghdashloo depicts destruction of identity and beauty by painting a complete Renaissance masterpiece and then partially destroy or deface it.
    Aghdashloo had to adjust himself to the new strict rules imposed by the government to control and Islamicize arts and culture. Before being allowed to teach in Iranian universities in 1981, he started his private art classes which he still continues to teach, beside lecturing in a number of universities in Iran.
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  • 1979
    Age 38
    He also uses Persian miniatures extensively in his paintings after 1979.
    More Details Hide Details The crumpled Persian miniature series are the best example. Besides painting, Aghdashloo is an expert in Iranian pre-Islamic and Islamic art history and artifacts. He assesses items for auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's. Aghdashloo has published eight books; three articles collections, two paintings collections and two researches in Iranian art history. He has been teaching art and art history in a number of universities in Iran since 1981.
    "Memories of Destruction" continued after 1979 but went through a transformation in which Islamic art became his main model instead of Renaissance art, while in both periods he uses Islamic and Renaissance models simultaneously.
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    After the Iranian revolution of 1979, Aghdashloo lost both his official jobs and was under threat by Khomeini's regime and was barred from leaving Iran for over 10 years, until 1989.
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  • 1972
    Age 31
    He married his first wife, Iranian actress Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar, aka Shohreh Aghdashloo, in 1972. They divorced in 1979.
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  • 1940
    Born on October 30, 1940.
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