Aghdashloo in 2003
October 30, 1940
|Education||University of Tehran|
|Known for||Painting, Art history, Art criticism, Graphic design|
|Notable work||Memories of Destruction
Aydin Aghdashloo's father, Mammad Aghdashloo (born Mammad Hajiev) was an engineer and the Labour Minister in Azerbaijan Democratic Republic between 1919 and 1920. After the invasion of Azerbaijan by the Soviet Red Army in 1920, he and his wife Nahida, Aydin's mother, had to flee Baku, Azerbaijan and take refuge in Tabriz, Iran. To avoid identification by the Soviet spies in Iran, Mammad changed his last name from Hajiev to Aghdashloo and moved to Rasht later, where Aydin was born, and then finally to Tehran when Aghdashloo was 5 years old.
Aghdashloo was appointed by the Shahbanu (Empress) of Iran, Farah Pahlavi, as the "Head of Artistic Affairs of Shahbanu's Special Bureau". His responsibilities included purchase of artworks from contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He also helped establish the Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran in 1977 and was the head of the museum until 1979.
He married his first wife, Iranian actress Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar, aka Shohreh Aghdashloo, in 1971. They divorced in 1979.
Aghdashloo had to adjust himself to the new strict rules imposed by the government to control and Islamicize arts and culture. Before being allowed to teach in Iranian universities in 1981, he started his private art classes which he still continues to teach, beside lecturing in a number of universities in Iran. He was also the first artist to exhibit his artwork at Tehran's Assar Art Gallery in the late 1990s.
He married Firouzeh Athari in 1981 from which they have a son (Takin Aghdashloo) and a daughter (Tara Aghdashloo).
Early in his career, Aghdashloo took great interest in the Renaissance and Sandro Botticelli's paintings in particular. He even used to test his own skills by copying Botticelli's works to the last detail. His admiration for Renaissance paintings lead to the creation of his "Memories of Destruction" series in the early 1970s which became his most celebrated and famous series. In these series Aghdashloo depicts destruction of identity and beauty by painting a complete Renaissance masterpiece and then partially destroy or deface it.
"Memories of Destruction" continued after 1979 but went through a transformation in which Islamic art became his main model instead of Renaissance art, while in both periods he uses Islamic and Renaissance models simultaneously.
Aghdashloo has published eight books; three articles collections, two paintings collections and two researches in Iranian art history.
He has been teaching art and art history in a number of universities in Iran since 1981.
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- Ali Dehbāshi, Aghdashloo, a passer-by by the side of the wall (Aghdashloo, āberi dar kenār-e divār), in Persian, Jadid Online, January 30, 2009, .
• Aghdashloo: Living to Paint, in English, Jadid Online, 14 May 2009, .
• Audio slideshow by Shokā Sahrā'i, in Persian (with English subtitles), Jadid Online, 2009:  (7 min 6 sec).