Reza Derakshani
Iranian, born 1952
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Selected exhibitions
2018
Reza Derakshani: Hunting the Light,
Sophia Contemporary
2017
Reza Derakshani. Black Water,
Setareh Gallery
Grisaille,
Leila Heller Gallery

In his large-scale paintings, renowned Iranian artist Reza Derakshani draws from the decorative style of traditional Persian art. Brought up in a nomadic family in the Iranian mountains, Derakshani explores the natural world in his work, as well as emotional states and themes of exile and alienation. He builds up the luminous, textured surfaces of his paintings with a base of roof tar, after which he applies layers of color and other materials such as gold, silver, enamel, and sand. Derakshani is also a musician, and the influences of music and poetry can be seen in the rhythmic harmonies that play out across his canvases, qualities that have prompted comparisons with the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.

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