Dariush Hosseini

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Born (1970-01-13) January 13, 1970 (age 54)
Tehran, Iran
EducationM.A in Illustration
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
OccupationContemporary painter
Spouse(s)Banafsheh shahrzad
  • Mahdi Hosseini (father)
  • Zari Safari (mother)
  • Caricature special Statue
  • Fifth Biennial of Tehran International Caricature (2001)

Dariush Hosseini ( born in Karaj 1970) is a contemporary Iranian painter.[1] He was instructor and a faculty member of Painting Department in College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran from 1996 till 2011.[2]


Childhood and adolescence

Dariush Hosseini, child of Mahdi Hosseini and Zari Safari, was born in 13 of January in 1970 in Tehran. He and his family moved to Karaj in 1976, and he spent all his school time there for twelve years. He was the second child of the family and he has one brother and two sisters. He started painting when he was seven intrinsically and without training and kept it on till he was eleven. He didn’t have a childish style and he tended to express reality in his works. Then, because of sport activities, he quit painting for seven years and he studied Experimental Science in high school.

College education

A year after receiving his Diploma, he was accepted in College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran in Painting and he has been painting and drawing non-stop. As a university student, he practiced objective representation painting and drawing with different technics and styles and then dealt with different abstract experiences (1990-1994). After this period, he finished his M.A of Illustration in College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran in 1997-2000.[3]

The beginning of artistic activities

After finishing his M.A course, he started different formic experiences. During this time, he was preparing the foundation for what is still considered as one of the most important aesthetic elements of his work, what he reminds it as formic essence in painting. The results of these experiences are the emergence of Destruction and drawing, collage and improvising features that were the most important formic characteristics of his works.[4]

The beginning of teaching activities

He had been teaching as invited professor in Tehran Fine Art Faculty from 1996 till 2004 and from February 2004 till January 2010 he became a faculty member of painting department.[5] in 2004, he founded Ariush Visual Art Institute and has been teaching drawing and painting there. This institute is working in drawing, painting, sculpturing and printmaking.


His style is abstract figurative that is the result of turning back from abstraction to reality. In his works, a combination of representation and abstraction in the form of reciprocity between abstract and figurative methods and testing the achievements of these two can be clearly recognized. His series of human figure, mass of skeletons, open wounds and grasshoppers are the results of his experience in these two fields. His selected subjects, usually give him the greatest opportunity to release his visual abilities to create the mental and psychological situations that the painter is interested in.[6]

About the variety of his works, he believes that the artist should be able to expand his form and content by offering new subjects and present the results of his discovery to his viewers.[7] Thus, he avoids presenting a familiar atmosphere with a specific theme and subject for several years and this way he can achieve his goal in discovering new situations.

His working periods

Categorizing Dariush Hosseini's work based on different levels of form and content experiences are as follow: [8]

  • First period "creation of Formic essence"
  • Second period "abstract painting"
  • Third period "testing abstraction capacities"
  • Fourth period "stabilization of Return Condition"
  • Fifth period "the emergence of the first personal subject"
  • Sixth period "content concerns and subjects continuance"
  • The Note series (drawings)


  1. Instructor and faculty member of Tehran Fine Art Painting Department (1996-2011).
  2. A permanent member of Iranian Painters association (2013-2018)
  3. Individual exhibitions
    • Drawing exhibition - (print and collage) (eternal questions, Laleh Gallery, 2002)
    • Exhibition of paper embossments (Tarahan Azad Gallery,2003)
    • Painting Exhibitions (Laleh Gallery 2006)
    • Painting and Drawing exhibition (Tarahan Azad Gallery 2006)
    • Drawing exhibition (Laleh Gallery 2007)
    • Painting exhibition (infantry, Tarahan Azad Gallery 2012)
    • Painting Exhibition (Free zone, Tarahan Azad Gallery 2014)
    • Drawing Exhibition (The notes/Unveiling the book The Notes, Farahani Gallery,2014)
    • Drawing Exhibition (Dystopia, Emkan Gallary,2017)
    • Drawing Exhibition (The notes series, Emkan Gallery,2017)
    • Drawing Exhibition (Dystopia, Diba gallery, Kerman,2017)
    • Painting exhibition ( Wide-shot, O Gallery,2019)
    • Painting Exhibition (Infantry, Saradi Poor Gallery,2019)
  4. Attending in more than 60 group, periodic and annual national exhibitions of Iran, including:
    • The First International Exhibition of Contemporary Iranian Drawing (Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art 1999)
    • The 5th International Biennial of Contemporary Caricature in Tehran (Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art 2001).
    • The 7th National Biennial of Contemporary Iranian Painting (Saba Cultural and Artistic Center, 2008)
    • The 8th National Biennial of Contemporary Iranian Painting (Saba Cultural and Artistic Center, 2011)
  5. Arbitration of Iranian National Festivals, including
    • The first International Festival of Visual Arts of Iranian Students (Tehran, 2009)
    • Practical Painting Workshop of the 8th National Biennial of Contemporary Iranian Painting (Neishabour 2011)
    • Third National Left Painting Festival (Qeshm 2012) [9]


  1. "azadart.gallery/fa/artistexhibitionlist.aspx?id=19".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Daryoush Hosseini, Notes, Rasm Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2014.
  3. "saradipourartgallery.com/artists/dariush-hoseini/".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "www.aparat.com/v/8qXVO".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Daryoush Hosseini, Notes, Rasm Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2014.
  6. Moslem Khezri, Figurative in Iranian Contemporary Painting, Nazar Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2018.
  7. "Alireza Jahromi, Tandis, no. 350, 2017, Talking in circles doesn't work anymore, page 12 and 13". Tandis.
  8. "www.aparat.com/v/8qXVO".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Daryoush Hosseini, Notes, Rasm Publication, Tehran, Iran, 2014.

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