Iran Darroudi

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Iran Darroudi
ایران درودی
Darroudi in 2006
Born(1936-09-02)2 September 1936
Died29 October 2021(2021-10-29) (aged 85)
Tehran, Iran
Other namesIran Droudy[1]
EducationÉcole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
École du Louvre
Royal Academy of Brussels
Known forFine art painter
Parviz Moghadasi
(m. 1966; died 1985)

Iran Darroudi (Persian: ایران درودی; 2 September 1936 – 29 October 2021) was an Iranian contemporary artist. Her art consists of surreal paintings dealing with Iranian themed imagery and strong lighting. She lived between Tehran and Paris for many years.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Mashhad, Iran, to a family consisting of traders from Khorasan on her father's side and on her mother's side the family were Caucasian merchants who had settled in Mashhad.[3][better source needed] Her family moved to Hamburg, Germany, for her father's business, in 1937, and by the early 1940s they were forced to leave because of the beginnings of World War II. By 1945 her family returned to Mashhad.[3]

Darroudi studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the history of art at the École du Louvre, both in Paris, France, stained glass at the Royal Academy of Brussels, in Brussels, Belgium,[4] and television direction and production at the RCA Institute in New York City.[5]


Darroudi’s paintings are defined as Surrealist works. She was able to combine the delicacy and romantic spirit of Persian paintings with the elements of Surrealism.

Darroudi's first solo exhibition was held in Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, in 1958 at the invitation of the Florida State Art Center.[6]

She wrote articles on the history of art and art criticism for the conservative Iranian newspaper, Kayhan.[citation needed]

In 1968, she made a 55 minute long documentary about the 1968 Venice Biennial. She was appointed an honorary professor at the Industrial University of Tehran, teaching art history. In 1969 the ITT Corporation commissioned her to paint Iranian Oil. She held exhibitions in Paris and at the Atrium Artist Gallery, Geneva, and a month later at Galarie 21, Zürich.[citation needed]

In 1976, she exhibited at the Mexican Museum of Art, where Spanish painter Antonio Rodríguez Luna praised her as one of the world's four greatest painters.[5]

In 1978, she moved to France. Later, she lived between Paris, France, and Tehran, Iran.

In 2009, a documentary Iran Darroudi: The Painter of Ethereal Moments produced by Bahman Maghsoudlou, focused on the life and art of Darroudi.[7][8]

Personal life and death[edit]

In New York City, she met and married Parviz Moghadasi in 1966, who was studying television direction.[9] The couple worked at the newly established Iranian television organization as producer and director for six years.[9]

Her husband Parviz Moghadasi died in 1985.[9] On 29 October 2021, at the age of 85, Darroudi died in Tehran of cardiac arrest after a three-month battle with COVID-19.[10]


Select solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1958 - Florida State University, Miami, Florida[6]
  • 1960 - Farhang Hall, Tehran, Iran[6]


  • Darroudi, Iran (1973). Iran Darroudi: Oeuvres/Works 1959-1973. Tehran, Iran: Offset Press Inc. ASIN B0007AHRWM.
  • Darroudi, Iran (1996). Distance between two points (in Persian) (1 ed.). Nashr-e Ney.
  • Darroudi, Iran (2000). Distance Between Two Points (in Persian) (5 ed.). Tehran, Iran: Nashr-e Ney Publisher. ISBN 964312231X.


  1. ^ Momen, Mehrsa Taghizadeh; Moghadam, Asghar Kafshchian. "Demonstration of the world of example and the real world influenced by painting in contemporary Iranian painting (a case study of the works of Mahmoud Farshchian, Iran Droudy and Mehdi Hosseini)". Paykareh (in Persian). 9 (22): 48–58. ISSN 2322-4622.
  2. ^ Shahrokhi, Shamsi (31 July 2013). "Iran Darroudi : A Never Ending Artist". Persian Tribune. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Meet an Iranian painter: Iran Darroudi". Neo-resistance. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  4. ^ Eskandar, Amir Hossein (10 May 2012). "Photos: Iran Darroudi's Exhibition at the Iranian House of Artists in Tehran". Payvand Iran News. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Darroudi to Be Honored". Financial Tribune. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Resources, Iranian Painters". Toos Foundation. Jamil Kharrazi Charity Foundation. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Film: Iran Darroudi, The Painter of Ethereal Moments". Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Iran Darroudi: The Painter of Ethereal Moments Movie Screening". Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Tavoos' Choice, Iran Daroudi". Tavoos Online, Iran's First Bilingual Art Magazine. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  10. ^ ایران درودی، نقاش نامدارِ معاصر ایران، درگذشت (in Persian)

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