Aidin Xankeshipour Iranian, b. 1981


Aidin Xankeshipour (b. 1981 Rasht, Iran) started painting seriously in the city of Rasht, his birthplace, in 1997. He received a BA in Painting from the University of Sistan and Baluchestan and two MAs in Painting and Illustration from Tehran University of Art. He has been teaching drawing, painting, and print-making for the past 16 years.

Aidin Xankeshipour proclaims his preference for "process" over "outcome." In his works, the act of painting – building the base by laying down crosshatches, bringing clarity to the subject matter by precision drawing, withdrawing clarity from the subject matter through the soft touches of brush, blurring foreground and background on canvas, and giving the right of way to semiology – or what Aidin Xankeshipour calls "action," grounds concepts in the soil of painting by deferring the outcome. The act of painting takes center stage and what he wants to say with it goes backstage.

Aidin Xankeshipour has held eight solo exhibitions with Dastan Gallery. He has been a curator for the past 10 years. More than thirty group and solo projects have come to life through his midwifery. His last solo exhibition ("Freedom", 2021) and his works have appeared in many group and solo exhibitions with Dastan.