Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Khosro Berahmandi

Born in Iran in the late fifties, Khosro Berahmandi was raised in Tehran when the Shah was in power. In his early twenties, during his technical studies at the university, he let himself be carried away by the overwhelming sweep of the Iranian revolution and the dream of living in a free Iran. His dream was soon destroyed by the reality of the revolution. Deeply affected by the loss of his close friends, he left his native country and found refuge and safety in Rome after crossing two countries on foot. The sublime beauty of the Sistine Chapel in the ancient grand capital, directed him towards a new desire: painting.

At the beginning of the eighties, Khosro arrived in Canada. Without concrete answers to his questions, Khosro sought a refuge in which he could express his dismay and find an answer to his existential quest. He studied fine arts in the University of Western Ontario. His first course with the painter, Paterson Ewen, gave him courage to undertake the difficult approach to artistic creation. Khosro finished his degree at Concordia University in Montreal and continued his studies at the University of Paris VIII where he obtained a master’s degree in plastic arts.

Based in Montreal since 1990, he contributes to the cultural life of the metropolis with his expositions and painting courses, as well as his cooperation with Festival Accès Asie. His style of painting is faithful to its origins and its outstanding vision.

From Iran, he keeps the cultural heritage and the millennium pictorial tradition of the miniatures that had penetrated his childhood and his adolescence. Gaining his inspiration from the eyes of the others, the words of the poets, and the notes of the musicians, Khosro Berahmandi dreams of a harmonious future through artistic creation.(Ratsdeville)

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