Reza Derakshani(Iranian, b. 1952)
Derakshani is a painter, poet, musician, and performance artist. He completed his formal artistic education in the University of Tehran, followed by the Pasadena School of Art in California. He returned to teach at the University of Tehran until the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when he fled his native country for New York City. While living in New York, Derakshani became engrossed by Abstract Expressionism and soon became associated with the Neo Expressionists of the 1980s. Running in the same artistic circle as Cy Twombly and Francesco Clemente, Derakshani’s style blends abstract and figurative elements from both Eastern and Western culture. His work is included in esteemed public collections such as the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Russian Museum, St.