Born 1963, Sari, Iran.
Mehrdad Rashidi was born in the town of Sari in Northern Iran in 1963. At the age of 20 he fled Iran because of his strongly held political views and settled in Germany. In 2006, for no particular reason, he began to draw. He found it relaxed him and made him feel happy, he also thought of his homeland, his childhood and easier times in his life whilst he doodled on any piece of paper that came to hand. Using old notebooks, envelopes, shopping receipts and discarded advertising pamphlets, he gradually, in what seems to be an obsessive and compulsive surge of creativity, began to produce an extraordinary, and hauntingly beautiful body of work. This outpouring has continued to this day, the momentum, and the joy it has given the artist have not ceased. In 2012, he was offered a one-man show in Dusseldorf which received much acclaim.
- Courtesy of Henry Boxer Gallery, London
2013, NADA Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2013, Outsider Art Fair, Henry Boxer Gallery, New York & Paris
2013, Rentrée hors-les-normes, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris
2012, Mehrdad Rashidi, Düsseldorf
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
Museum of Everything, London
Dagen, Philippe, "On the Sidelines of the FIAC, an Art Fair Held in the Comfort of a Hotel," Le Monde, October 2013.
Rentrée hors-les-normes, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris, 2013.
Cardinal, Roger, Colin Rhodes and Mehrdad Rashidi, The Restless Line, Henry Boxer Gallery, London, 2012.