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Aydin Aghdashloo is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer.His parents immigrated to Iran after the invasion of Azerbaijan by the Soviet Red Army in 1920.
Aydin Aghdashloo started selling his paintings from the age of 14, two years after his father's death.
Aghdashloo was appointed by the empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi, as the "Head of Artistic Affairs of Shahbanu's Special Bureau". His responsibilities included purchase of artworks from contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. 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. 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. He was also the first artist to exhibit his artwork at Tehran's Assar Art Gallery in the late 1990s.
Early in his career, Aghdashloo took great interest in the Renaissance and Sandro Botticelli's paintings in particular. His admiration for enaissance 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.
He also uses Persian miniatures extensively in his paintings after 1979. The crumpled Persian miniature series are the best example.
He has been teaching art and art history in a number of universities in Iran since 1981. (Source: Wikipedia)
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