Mehdi Hosseini

Mehdi Hosseini

Mehdi Hosseini was born in Kashan, a city south of Tehran, in 1943. He went to the Tehran High School of Fine Arts and left for New York in 1962. There he studied painting and print making at the Chicago Institute of Art, from which he graduated in 1968. He studied the same course at the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1970.

Mehdi Hosseini is an artist who both draws and paints. There are few artists who can express their mentality and experiences through drawing simple lines in a novel way. Traditionally, most artists leave the main bulk of their creative ideas in the abstract instead of giving them concrete visual expression. Hosseini, on the contrary, is one of the few artists who manages to bring along everything in his drawings yet still encapsulates his ideas concisely.

Hosseini's drawings bear a catastrophic and timeless essence, which presents itself in the dramatic situations that encompass his figures. These forms mix with the dynamic atmosphere surrounding them in such a way that one may conclude that the dynamic domain of thinking and matter has united to give them birth. Hosseini's drawings create an air of premonition, prognosticating humankind's pains and sufferings. He endeavours to give a soul overwhelmed with ennui a semi organic form, but the resulting human figure has been consecutively reduced to a largely abstract image. Hosseini's drawings are evidence of all that contemporary humankind has undergone, and all that he illustrates is a representation of inevitable realities.

The subjects of Hosseini's paintings are the landscapes and objects that humans encounter in their everyday lives. Yet these subjects are presented without emotionality or sentimentalism. They are employed, instead, to achieve a balanced aestheticism compatible with the essence of authentic painting.

Line is an essential element of Hosseini's paintings, whose compositions are usually based on rhythm and repetition of forms. Hosseini takes advantage of the visual possibilities of line and geometric patterns to express his ideas about his subjects. The rhythmic, repetitious elements with their somewhat mathematical harmony, along with the paintings' cool colours and seeming neutrality produce a cold, impersonal and aloof atmosphere symbolic of a modern machine world in which everything is condemned to be routine. Yet not all of Hosseini's paintings fall into this category. Some defy repetition and symmetry, leading to a kind of deconstruction. In these works, the artist's geometric perspective is no longer capable of controlling the world outside his mind. Hence disorder and asymmetry find a chance to represent themselves.

Solo Exhibition:

  • Tehran Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1974)
  • Zarvaran Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1975)
  • Iran-America Society, Iran, Tehran (1977)
  • Shahr Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1978)
  • Golestan Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1989)
  • Golestan Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1990)
  • Sabz Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1991)
  • Sabz Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1992)
  • Barg Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1994)
  • Arya Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1996)
  • Bamdad Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1996)
  • Haftsammar Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1997)
  • Barg Gallery, Iran, Tehran (1998)
  • Mah Gallery, Iran, Tehran (2008)

Group Exhibition:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago (1965)
  • Pennsylvania State University (1970)
  • 7th Asian games, Tehran (September 1974)
  • Ghandriz Art Gallery 100th exhibition, Iran, Tehran (October 1974)
  • First International Art Exhibition, Iran, Tehran (January 1975)
  • Tehran Art Gallery, Iran, Tehran (January 1975)
  • Iran’s Contemporary Painters and Sculptors Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland (June 1976)
  • “50 years of Iran’s Art” Exhibition (Winter 1977)
  • Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran, Tehran (Summer 1977)
  • Master Mohammadi’s memorial, Niavaran Cultural Centre (March 1986)
  • Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (March 1988)
  • Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (Summer 1989)
  • Niavaran Cultural Centre, Iran, Tehran (1990)
  • Tehran’s first Biennial (1991)
  • Barg Art Gallery (Summer 1993)
  • As’ad Gorgani Hall, Iran, Gorgan (Spring 1994)
  • Haft Samar Art Gallery (Autumn 1994)
  • Aspects of Iran’s Art, Contemporary Museums (Winter 1995)
  • Fajr-e-ershad Hall, Iran, Zanjan (Spring 1995)
  • Cultural Development Seminar, University of Tehran, Iran, Tehran (Spring 1995)
  • Haft Samar Art Gallery (Autumn 1995)
  • Tehran’s 4th Biennial (Autumn 1997)
  • First “Iran’s Contemporary Drawing” Exhibition (Autumn 1999)
  • Iran’s 5th Contemporary Painting Biennial (Autumn 2000)
  • 2nd International Exhibition of Iran’s Contemporary Drawing (Winter 2001)
  • First International Islamic World Painting Exhibition (Winter 2001)
  • Painting Exhibition for “Sheikh Shahab al-din Sohrevardi International Congress”, Iran, Zanjan (Summer 2001)
  • Spiritual Outlook, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (Autumn 2003)
  • Behzad in my imagination, Academy of Arts (Winter 2004)
  • 3rd International Biennial of Islamic World Painting (Winter 2005)
  • Novel Movement, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (Winter 2006)
  • 4th International Biennial of Islamic World Painting (Winter 2007)
  • “Iran’s Spring” Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts (Spring 2007)
  • 7th Biennial of Tehran’s Contemporary Painting, Saba Cultural Centre (Winter 2008)
  • Naar Art Gallery, Iran, Tehran (Winter 2008)
  • “Bagh-e- Iran” Exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum, Iran, Tehran (2010)
  • Group Exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum (2012)
  • “Expression and Abstraction” Group Exhibition, Pardis-e- Mellat Art Gallery (Winter 2014)
  • “Shahname Negari” Group Exhibition, Laleh Art Gallery (Spring 2014)
  • “Khak Art Gallery Artists” Group Exhibition (Summer 2014)

International Exhibitions:

  • Painting Exhibition of “Nations Friendship House”, Russia, Moscow (1999)
  • 9th Painting Biennial, Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh (Winter 2000)
  • Painting Exhibition, Jordan (Winter 2000)
  • Iran’s Contemporary Painting Exhibition, New York (Spring 2000)
  • Iran’s Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Syria, Damascus (Autumn 2000)
  • Iran’s Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Italy, Rome (Spring 2000)
  • Iran’s Contemporary Painting Exhibition, Morocco, Casablanca (2005)
  • 12th Painting Biennial, Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh (Winter 2008)

Jury and Secretarial Positions:

  • Member of the jury of Iran’s 1st Contemporary Painting Biennial
  • Member of the select committee of Iran’s 2nd Contemporary Painting Biennial
  • Member of the select committee of Iran’s 3rd Contemporary Painting Biennial
  • Member of the jury of Tehran’s 1st International Drawing Exhibition
  • The Secretary of 5th Iran Contemporary Painting Biennial
  • Member of jury of 2nd International Exhibition of Iran Contemporary Drawing
  • Member of the jury of 2nd International Biennial of Islamic World Painting (2002)
  • Member of the select committee and jury of 3rd International Biennial of Islamic World Painting
  • Secretary of 4th International Biennial of Islamic World Painting (2006)
  • Secretary of “Shams Farhangestan” (2006)
  • Secretary of “Tabriz Style Painting” Conference (first round), Ilkhani Style, Tabriz, Iran (2007-2008)
  • Secretary of “Jonbesh-e- Saqakhane” exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran, Tehran (2013)

Books:

  • English for the Students of Visual arts (Painting, Graphics, & Sculpture), Tehran, Samt Publications, 1998 (12th edition 2011).
  • The Art Workshop 1, Pre-university Course, Tehran, Ministry of Education (1998)
  • The Art Workshop 2, Pre-university Course, Tehran, Ministry of Education (1998)
  • Persian Painting (Translation), by Sheila R. Canby, Tehran University of Art, Tehran, 2000 (fifth edition 2011)
  • Master Mohammad Javadipour and his artworks, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran, Tehran (2010)
  • Master Ahmad Esfandiary and his Masterpieces, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran, Tehran (2011)
  • Sohrab Sepehri in three views, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran, Tehran (2011)
  • Recognition beautiful and painting restoration, Isfahan, Goldasteh Publications (2011)
  • Günther Uecker, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran, Tehran (2012)
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