Reza Derakshani

Reza Derakshani is painter, poet, musician and performance artist, born in Sangsar, Iran in 1952. He graduated from the University of Tehran in 1976 and pursued his studies at the Pasadena School of Art in California. He now lives and works between Dubai, UAE and Austin, USA.

After experimenting with pure abstraction at the beginning of his artistic career in the 1980’s whilst being associated with the Neo-expressionists, Derakshani devised his personal artistic style blending abstract and figurative elements from both Western and Eastern cultures, thereby creating an idiosyncratic oeuvre at the confluence of civilizations. In his work, the artist explores the natural world, 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.

His work features in many public art collections including The British Museum, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art; The Russian Museum in St Petersburg, Russia and the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany. In 2016, Derakshani has had two major solo exhibitions at The State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, Russia and at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany.

  • Arabesque

    Arabesque

    Beirut

    January 29, 2016 - March 13, 2016

  • Morning Calm through the Persian Light by Reza Derakshani

    Morning Calm through the Persian Light by Reza Derakshani

    Seoul

    November 06, 2014 - November 30, 2014

  • Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real

    Hong Kong

    May 23, 2014 - June 13, 2014

  • 20th Anniversary

    20th Anniversary

    Singapore

    April 25, 2014 - May 11, 2014

  • The Greater Middle East Unveiled

    The Greater Middle East Unveiled

    Dubai

    April 22, 2014 - May 06, 2014

  • Reza Derakshani

    Reza Derakshani

    Monaco

    June 21, 2013 - July 04, 2013

  • Art of Iran

    Art of Iran

    Dubai

    March 19, 2013 - April 11, 2013