Rod Bianco is pleased to present Remembering the Oblivion by Mehdi Ghadyanloo. This will be his first solo show at the gallery. Known 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.
In this exhibition the artist will present a series of paintings, as well as a collection of drawings. Through the expression of seascapes Ghadyanloo explores a lost time and the lost memories of an entire people. These landscapes are simultaneously nowhere and anywhere. Like fields of memories and dreams they represent that which is gone and forgotten, places impossible to locate, but still always reachable through thought and remembrance.
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).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.