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.

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
CNN: Iranian artist beautifies Tehran
The Boston Globe: Brilliant new Greenway mural is a trompe l’oeil triumph
Dezeen: Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s surrealist utopian paintings
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