Biography

Mehdi Ghadyanloo (b. 1981, Iran), a Frankfurt-based artist, creates surreal yet familiar environments that invite us to interrogate universal human emotions. Mehdi creates his philosophical and poetic spaces inside architectural arrangements and often uses symbolic motifs. Through his paintings, Ghadyanloo investigates new realities and the possibility of finding hope despite feelings of confinement we receive from our surroundings. Mehdi is also known for large scale murals installed around the globe.

Mehdi Ghadyanloo CV

Selected Press 

Artnet: Surreal Murals Enliven the Streets of Tehran
Artsy: Remembering the Oblivion: Mapping the Sublime in the work of Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Associated Press: Stairway to heaven: Iranian artist’s wall mural turns heads
BBC: Wall painting from Tehran to London
The Boston Globe: Brilliant new Greenway mural is a trompe l’oeil triumph
CNN: Iranian artist beautifies Tehran 
Dezeen: Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s surrealist utopian paintings
Forbes: How Iranian Artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo Brings ‘Hope’ to the World Economic Forum 2019
The Guardian: Flying cars, magic portals, levitating giraffes
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”
Juxtapoz: Mehdi Ghadyanloo “Spaces Of Hope” in Boston
Newsweek: Iranian artist brings eerie dreamscapes to the US 
Sotheby’s: The Otherworldly Art of Mehdi Ghadyanloo
USnews: The Art of Detent
Wallpaper* Magazine: Double take: Mehdi Ghadyanloo uses the art of illusion to reveal truths

Selected Lectures

World Economic Forum, Switzerland 2018 – Public Art: Spaces of Hope
World Economic Forum, China 2017 – Public Art: Spaces of Hope
New York University, USA 2016 – A Conversation with Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Atlantic Council, USA 2016 – Public Art in Tehran: Painting One Wall at a Time
University of Michigan USA 2016 – Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo in conversation 
Stanford University, USA 2016 – Art, Social Space and Public Discourse in Iran
University of California, USA 2016 – The City of Hope: Contemporary Art and Mural Making in Tehran