Mehrdad Rashidi -
30 October - 30 November 2015,
MNMA (Jagodina, Serbia)
Merdad Rašidi was born in the town of Sari in Mazandara District on the north of Iran on 27 September 1963. In his early youth, Rashidi was forced to leave his native country for political reasons, so he found his new home abroad. As a twenty-year-old man he settled in Elkhart in Germany where he still resides.
The search for hidden world of lost dreams, the evoking of
forgotten, secret souls which vanish in the machinery and absurdity
of modern age and alien world and time are an inspiring motif of
Merdad Rašidi. Like ghosts, figures leave and disappear and then
emerge again in the thoughts of the author. Observing his works we
learn that a wide field of contemplative processes where the
artist’s consciousness and sensuality intertwine is unlimited. By
using a line he establishes and re-examines his inner iconographic
world of personal mythologies. The nostalgia for the lost balance is
a reaction to suppressed subconsciousness and his unconscious
location in time. The esthetic hierarchy of sensual attractiveness
is revelation of those relations and an unusual challenge.
Merdad Rašidi began doing painting in 2006. He had his first solo exhibition in Dusseldorf in 2012 and then in Erkhart (Nacht der Bibliotheken, 2013). At the exhibition of Outsider Art Fair that is held twice a year in Paris and New York he presented his work to foreign audience with the help of Gallery Henry Boxer. Then, significant exhibitions followed: Rentrée hors-les-normes découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions 2013, Gallery Christian Berst, Paris 2013, The Sixteenth Biennial of Naīve and Marginal Art, Gallery of Central Military Club in Belgrade 2013; Museum of Naīve and Marginal Art, Jagodina 2013, The Seventeenth Art Colony of Naīve and Marginal Art, Museum of Naīve and Marginal Art, Jagodina 2014, Art in Spiritual Exile, Gallery of Central Military Club in Belgrade 2015.
At the exhibition of The Sixteenth Biennial of Naīve and Marginal Art, Gallery of Central Military Club in Belgrade, this talented artist was awarded Grand Prix for his artistic realizations in the domain of marginal art.
The works of Merdad Rašidi are included in significant world collections of art such as La galerie ABCD, Montreuil (France), Galerie Christian Berst, Paris (France), Henry Boxer Gallery, Richmond (United Kingdom), Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (USA), Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne (Switzerland), Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art, Jagodina (Serbia) and many public and private collections.