Ali Akbar Sadeghi

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Ali Akbar Sadeghi
Ali Akbar Sadeghi in his studio, 2014.jpg
Ali Akbar Sadeghi In his Studio, 2014
Born 1937
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Painter, Animator, director, and Illustrator
Known for Iranian Surrealist
Spouse(s) Ashraf Banihashemi

Ali Akbar Sadeghi (Persian: علی اکبر صادقی‎, born 1937) a graduate of the College of Art, University of Tehran, is one of the most prolific and successful Iranian painters and artists.[citation needed]

He began to teach painting in high school in the 1950s, before entering the university in 1958. His early works were with watercolor, but as of 1959, soon after entering college, he began oil painting and drawing. He initiated a particular style in Persian painting, influenced by Coffee House painting, iconography, and traditional Iranian portrait painting, following the Qajar tradition – a mixture of a kind of surrealism, influenced by the art of stained glass. He did his early works in graphics and illustration. He is among the first individuals involved in the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and the Youth, and was among the founders of the Film Animation department of this institute.[citation needed]

Aside from illustration, he has published number of books for the Center for the Development of Children and the Youth, and has made seven films by using his style in painting.[citation needed]

Films produced by Sadeghi have won more than 15 awards at International Film Festivals.[citation needed] Also, for his book illustrations he has won four international awards.[citation needed]

After the Iranian Revolution, Sadeghi seriously pursued painting. In 1989 he founded Sabz Gallery, which was actively and continuously exhibiting the works of Iranian painters until 2003. In 2011 His permanent works space and atelier established that continuously showcases works belonging to different periods of Sadeghi's long professional life.[citation needed]

In total, he has participated in over 50 individual and group exhibitions, over 7 volumes of books of the collection of his works have been published, and he has been a member of jury panels in over 10 international biennial exhibitions.[citation needed]

Sadeghi has been artistically active in the past 60 years. His style is a Persian surrealism, based on Iranian forms and compositions of traditional paintings, the use of Iranian iconography, and the use of Persian cultural motifs, signs and myths, full of movement and action, in prominent and genuine oil colors, in large frames, very personal, reminiscent of epic traditional Persian paintings and illustrations.[citation needed]

Ali Akbar Sadeghi in Shahname


In his paintings, Ali Akbar Sadeghi draws on the traditions of Persian art but adds to them a surreal edge. Sadeghi's inspiration from the cultural heritage of Iran is not just aesthetic; the presence of Persian sagas and legends, epic poems and philosophies, and even the teachings of Gnosticism loom large in his work.[citation needed] While Sadeghi has been motivated by the varied artistic forms and schools of thought of his country, his productions have links to the automatic art of Max Ernst and De Chirico, among others.[citation needed]


  • Seven Cities (1971)
  • Boating (1972)
  • I Am Whom ... (1973)
  • The Rook (1974) [1]
  • Malek Khorshid (1975) [2]
  • Zaal and Simorgh (1977) [3]
  • Coalition (2005)

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External links[edit]

  • Official Website [4]
  • Tavoos Magazine, [5]
  • Dideh Art Gallery [6]
  • Tehran International Animation Festival [7]
  • Aaran Gallery [8]
  • TEDx Tehran [9]