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Born in Iran in 1963, Khosrow Hassanzadeh lives and works in Tehran where he is a fulltime visual artist and
actor. In 1991 he completed his academic training in painting at Mojtama-e-Honar University and later studied
Persian Literature at Azad University from 1995 to 1999.
He first gained attention in 1998 with
his “War” series of acrylic on paper works, which documented his experiences as a volunteer soldier during
the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). Since then he has gone on to exhibit in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US.
Hassanzadeh’s paintings and mixed media works are held in the collections of the British Museum, the Tehran
Museum of Contemporary Art, the World Bank and the Tropenmuseum.
In 2007, Saqi Books (London, Beirut)
published Tehran Studio Works: the Art of Khosrow Hassanzadeh, one of its few monographs on an Iranian
In addition to silk screens that often explore the dynamism of Iranian visual culture as it relates to
the country’s complex history and heightened political arena, he did his “Ready to
Order” series of mixed media light boxes. Exploring the concept of martyrdom, popular culture and the mass
production of religious imagery, these three-dimensional works are layered with objects and photographs,
portraying Middle Eastern divas like Oum Kalthoum, Fairouz and Gagoosh while also paying homage to
everyday superstars such as the artist’s mother.
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