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Davood Roostaei
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Davood Roostaei in Paris (1995)
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Davood Roostaei in Paris (1995)
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Davood Roostaei in Paris (1995)
BornOctober 12, 1959
Malayer, Iran
💀DiedMarch 11, 2023
Los Angeles, California, USMarch 11, 2023
🏳️ NationalityIranian - American
🏫 EducationFaculty of Fine Arts, Tehran, University of Fine Arts of Hamburg
💼 Occupation
Known forPainting, Drawing, Sculpture
MovementAbstract expressionism, Cryptorealism, Surrealism
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Davood Roostaei (12 October, 1959 - 11 March, 2023) was an Iranian - American painter and the founder of Cryptorealism.[1] [2] [3] [4]

Roostaei worked in both oils and acrylics, and while most of his oeuvre was made up of paintings he also sculpted and created drawings. Cryptorealism was his style; painting with his fingers was the way he executed it.[5] He is represented by various galleries internationally.[6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Roostaei was born in 1959 in Sarab; a village in Malayer county, Iran.[8]

He began his art education in 1977 at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran. After the Iranian revolution, he moved to Germany in 1984, and then Los Angeles in 2000 where he lived and worked until his death in 2023.[9][10][11]

Career[edit]

The first time Roostaei’s art was shown was as a part of a group cultural art tour in 1981 which included the countries of Egypt, India, and the then Soviet Union.[12] Roostaei didn't travel with the art show but remained in Iran where he engaged in graffiti art which the Khomeini regime deemed subversive, and for which he was jailed for two years. [13][14] After his release from jail he gained asylum in Germany in 1984, where he continued his art studies first at the Kunst fur Hochschule in Cologne, then at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg and developed a career as an artist.[7][15][16]

In his early years in Germany he created Cryptorealism, inspired by both his political and artistic experiences. He developed Cryptorealism in 1990, he did this to practice an art that overlaid levels of images so as to foster multiple perspectives on different issues.[17] [18]

The art historian and critic, Hanns Theodor Flemming, describes Cryptorealism as a revolutionary method of painting which reconciles the major currents of contemporary art, realism, and abstraction, from both traditional and present-day aspects, into an original state of unity with individual identification.[6] [19] Another art historian, Dr. Albert Boime, describes Cryptorealism as a kind of magical eclecticism that is also a game of visual hide-and-seek that Roostaei plays with the viewer.  Roostaei paints compositions from eccentric angles and viewpoints and often depicts forms that metamorphose in a twinkling of an eye. His work consistently discloses disguised and reversible imagery that sends the viewer on an optical steeplechase.[20] A collection of writings on Cryptorealism are brought together in a book called, “ Davood Roostaei and the Manifesto of Cryptorealism”, a book published in 2007.[21] [22][23][24] [25]

Roostaei remained committed to this way of painting ever since he developed it in 1990; and this freeing himself of the constraints of the paint brush enabled him to express himself in ways that allowed him to fully express the world he saw.[26][27][28]

Roostaei did not pick up a paint brush since 1986 in executing his oil and acrylic paintings, he painted entirely with his fingers .[29] [30][31][32][33]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • Cryptorealism, Vancouver Fine Art Gallery, Canada 2022[34]
  • Cryptorealism, Vancouver Fine Art Gallery, Canada 2021
  • Cryptorealism, Pashmin Art Gallery- Hamburg, Germany  2018[35]
  • Stumpf Art Collection: A Cryptorealism  focused private collection,  Pashmin Art Gallery- Hamburg, Germany 2017[36]
  • “Borders and Bridges”, MOCA ( Museum of Contemporary Art-Beijing, China ) 2016
  • Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida 2015
  • SCOPE New York Art Fair 2015
  • Cryptorealism, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art- Beijing, China) 2015
  • SCOPE Miami Beach, Miami  2015
  • SCOPE New York 2014[37]
  • Art Monaco, Monte Carlo 2014
  • Cryptorealism,  Pashmin Art Gallery-Hamburg, Germany 2013
  • SCOPE Miami Beach, Miami 2013
  • Cryptorealism,  Pashmin Art Gallery- Hamburg, Germany  2012
  • Cryptorealism,  Pashmin Art Gallery- Hamburg, Germany  2010
  • Cryptorealism,  Pashmin Art Gallery- Hamburg, Germany  2006
  • Cryptorealism, Beverly Hills Hotel- Los Angeles 2000[38]
  • Cryptorealism, Rathaus ( City Hall )- Hamburg, Germany 1998[39]
  • Cryptorealism, Le Metropole Palace- Monte Carlo, Monaco 1996
  • Cryptorealism, Hotel Atlantic- Hamburg, Germany 1996[40][41]
  • Cryptorealism, Hôtel de Crillon- Paris, France 1995
  • Cryptorealism and its creator Davood Roostaei, Four Seasons Hotel - Hamburg, Germany 1994[42]
  • Cryptorealism, Schloss Reinbek- Reinbek, Germany 1994[43]
  • Surrealism, Schloss Reinbek- Reinbek, Germany 1989



References[edit]

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  2. Benzine, Vittoria (2023-03-02). "Davood Roostaei: Many Lives Lived, Many Worlds Imagined". FAD Magazine. Retrieved 2023-03-18.
  3. "Davood Roostaei: Hide the Picture to Show It". Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2023-03-18.
  4. "UNREPD gallery hopes bringing marginalized artists to Grand Ave. will 'make people feel seen'". Los Angeles Times. 2023-04-08. Retrieved 2023-04-09.
  5. Staff, OK! (2022-04-08). "Davood Roostaei: The Master Behind Cryptorealism". OK Magazine. Retrieved 2023-03-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Davood Roostaei and the Manifesto of Cryptorealism" (PDF).
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Revolutionizing Perspectives: An Interview with Davood Roostaei". Art & Object. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
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  9. "Davood Roostaei, Famed Iranian-American Painter, Dies at 63". Yahoo Entertainment. Retrieved 2023-04-02.
  10. "'DWTS' star Maksim Chmerkovskiy and painter Davood Roostaei use art to rebuild Ukrainian lives". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2023-03-18.
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  19. Benzine, Vittoria (2023-03-02). "Davood Roostaei: Many Lives Lived, Many Worlds Imagined". FAD Magazine. Retrieved 2023-04-02.
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  21. "Beverly Hills Public Library". m.bhpl.org. Retrieved 2023-03-18.
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  24. "Contemporary Artist, Davood Roostaei Reveals His Inspiration to Create Cryptorealism – the Unique Art Style Explicitly Crafted by Bare Hand". Flux Magazine. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
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  40. "Die Kunst der spontanen Hilfe". Hamburger Abendblatt. 1997.
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