Biography

After growing up near the agricultural fields in the suburbs of Tehran, Ghadyanloo studied at Tehran University’s College of Fine Arts and graduated with a BA in 2005. Subsequently,  he earned an MA in film studies from Tehran’s Teachers College (Tarbiyat-e Modarres). Known primarily for his gigantic trompe l’oeil-style murals in central Tehran, Ghadyanloo also creates paintings, with surreal and minimalistic themes. Through his works, Ghadyanloo opens a window into the mood of life in Iran today. At the same time, he provides an autobiographical perspective, portraying the landscapes of his youth, his memories of Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), and his life experience in the Islamic Republic. Although at times sombre and even suggestive of a failed utopia, Ghadyanloo’s work conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in gloomy times.

In addition to a great variety of print making techniques, sculpture and his works on canvas, Medhi Ghadlyanloo is also considered one of Iran’s leading public artists. Between 2004 and 2011, he painted over 100 gigantic murals throughout Iran’s capital, after answering an open call from the Municipality of Tehran’s Beautification Bureau. In 2016 he became the first Iranian artist to be commissioned in both Iran and the US since the revolution in 1979, when he completed a massive mural for the Rose Kennedy Greenway project in Boston, US.

Press 

Artsy: Remembering the Oblivion: Mapping the Sublime in the Work of Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Dezeen: Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s surrealist utopian paintings
Wallpaper: Double take: Mehdi Ghadyanloo uses the art of illusion to reveal truths
Sotheby’s: The Otherworldly Art of Mehdi Ghadyanloo
USnews: The Art of Detente
Juxtapoz: MEHDI GHADYANLOO “SPACES OF HOPE” IN BOSTON
Associated Press: Stairway to heaven: Iranian artist’s wall mural turns heads
The Boston Globe: Brilliant new Greenway mural is a trompe l’oeil triumph
The ARTery: Surreal Mural By Iranian Artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo Materializes On The GreGuardian
The Guardian: Flying cars, magic portals, levitating giraffes
CNN: Iranian artist beautifies Tehran
BBC: Wall painting from Tehran to London
Artnet: Surreal Murals Enliven the Streets of Tehran
The Huffington Post: Iranian Artist Has Covered Over 100 Of Tehran’s Walls In Surreal Street Art
It’s Nice That: Mehdi Ghadyanloo – “a Magritte of our times”

Lectures

World Economic Forum, China 2017 – Public Art: Spaces of Hope
NYU, Washinton, DC ,A Conversation with Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Atlantic Council, Public ArTheTimee universitysityaMichigan, Wall at a Time
University of Michigan, Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Stanford University, Art, Social Space and Public Discourse in Iran​
University of California, Irvine ,City of Hope: Contemporary Art and Mural Making in Tehran