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Born 1940

Tehran, Iran


Ali Golestaneh’s painting career started in 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 in the Publications Department of the Royal Automobile Club.

Fascinated by the beauty of the human body and people’s portraits, especially those of women, he has drew and painted a lot from live models, anybody who at some point crisscrossed his path as impulsive/ spontaneous as a street passenger or long time friends. He expands that human body is beautiful and scared, from the minute of birth to death, in any age. During his stay in Spain (1979 to 1987), he has done significant numbers of art in color pencil on paper nature, people in the cafe, the beach or other places. Working with color pencil (which basically was chosen based on his challenging economic situation as the most available medium) remains with Golestaneh for many years to work with even after his return to Iran seven years later. Among them are a series of Tehran’s neighborhoods as well as his travels in different cities in Iran. His very personal way of seeing the nature: Less detail, more of the volume and not realistic color.

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 trip to 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.

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