Reza Derakshani(Iranian, b. 1952)
Painter, poet, musician, and performance artist, Reza Derakshani, a child prodigy, received his first commission at the age of 9, his first solo exhibition at 19. Derakshani while living in New York, fell in love with Abstract Expressionism, now known both in the Middle East and in the West as one of the most influential contemporary Iranian artists. His work now features bright colors and scenes including equines.