Reza Derakshani (born 1952) is considered to be one of the most significant contemporary Iranian artists. He was born into a nomadic childhood, living atop a mountain in a tent in Sansgar, a small village in the North East of Iran. He received his B.A. in Visual Art from the University of Tehran in 1976, and continued his study of Visual Arts at the Pasadena School of Art, USA in 1978.
Derakhshani's works have been featured in numerous public art collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The British Museum (London), The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pasargad Museum (both in Tehran), the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz (Chemnitz), The Russian Museum (St Petersburg). He has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, in both galleries and museums, all over the world.
The multi-talented child prodigy is also a musician, poet and performance artist. This is also reflected in his canvases, which display both rhythmic harmonies and cultural memory - characteristics that have often led to comparisons with the works of Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee.
Stretching his success way beyond the realm of visual art, Derakhshani has graced the stages of numerous museums and festivals as a musician, with performances at the Brooklyn Museum and the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as album collaborations with legendary musicians such as John Densmore, the drummer of the Doors, Madonna, and Branford Marsalis.
Derakshani’s artistic and geographic migration took him to New York City, where he made a home and worked for sixteen years. He later moved to Italy, eventually returning to Tehran for seven years before leaving his homeland once again in 2010 and settling in Dubai. He moved back to the United States a few years later. Derakshani currently lives and works between Austin, USA and St Petersburg, Russia.