Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Khosrow Hassanzadeh was born in 1963 In Tehran where he lives and works. As a young man, he volunteered in the bloody Iran-Iraq war which left an indelible mark on him, prompting him to create his first internationally recognized series “War, Life and Art”. Upon returning from the war, Hassanzadeh studied Painting at Mojtama-e-Honar University and Persian Literature at Azad University, both in Tehran. Glancing through the catalogues of his work in the past two decades, it's easy to notice the evolution of this artist’s incredible craft. “War” (1999) with its’ figure's bodies wrapped in white long clothes morphed into “Chador” (2000), which is the long cloth Muslim women wear over their head that covers their entire bodies, leaving only their faces exposed. Next, he depicted women in “Ashura” (2001), one of Shia’s most revered religious ceremonies, followed by “Prostitutes” (2004) who were murdered by a serial killer in the religious capital of Iran. In “Terrorist” (2005), he portrayed himself and his family members as terrorists, questioning the concept of terrorism and how it’s conveyed internationally. “Pahlavans” the traditional Iranian wrestlers became the focus of his work for over a decade after 2003, during which Hassanzadeh introduced the medium of ceramic tiles into his work.