Azadeh Razaghdoost

Born in 1979 in Tehran, Azadeh Razaghdoost studied at the Academy of Fine Art and at the Art University in her native city. Azadeh is a member of Badaneh Group, Iranian Society of Painters, and the Visual Arts Society of Iran. She has exhibited widely in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Europe, including Candlestar’s exhibitions Whispered Secrets, Murmuring Dreams and Masques of Shahrazad.

Blood, love, and passion all convey the visceral reactions Azadeh experiences while working. Her hands are the controlled weapons with which she swiftly wounds the fleshy backgrounds of her canvases, with weeping ‘bloody’ rose, a beating heart or a uterine form. The one constant element in Azadeh’s work is the colour red with all its eroticism, love and remembrance. Red infallibly drew her to the rose and the heart and a series called Les Fleurs du Mal after the collection of poetry by Charles Baudelaire, not because it harboured any ideas of controversy but because it demonstrated to viewers beauty at the moment of its death and deterioration. The surface of the canvas became a scene filled with accidents, impulses and physical reactions creating one of two outcomes; unrecognisable violence or pleasant ornamentation, final testaments to love and life suffering and inevitable end. With these thoughts she wounds her canvases further, scratching the words of William Blake Oh Rose, thou art sick.