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Ali Golestaneh

December 2014

Ali Golestaneh’s painting career started in the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran in 1960. His progressive artworks were objected by his professors and he was discharged from the faculty. He moved to England in 1969 where he was working as a designer and illustrator.

During his stay in Spain between 1979 to 1987, color pencil was Ali Golestaneh’s main medium. He has painted significant number of landscapes, seascapes, places, daily life and people in the cafe or at the beach in Madrid and Ibiza Island. Color pencil remained as his favorite medium for many years even after his return home.


Fascinated by the beauty of human body and faces, especially that of women, Golestaneh has been painting live models and people, weather his housekeeper, street people or long time friends. He believes that human body is beautiful and scared, from birth to death.


Today he rarely works with color pencil, but mostly with gouache and oil. Less likely for him to go out, sit and paint in the street or nature (except short weekend trips to the beautiful valley of Talaghan, west of Tehran). He spends most of his time at his home/studio and paints his immediate and very real surroundings.


He is presently working on a series of black & white illustration-like paintings as an homage to Tehran of 1950-1960, the golden age of Tehran, of the café scene and grand parties of the rich and the famous, the way that he remembers it.

Press coverage of the exhibition in Gulf News

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