Behrang Samadzadegan

Gallery Artist

Behrang Samadzadegan (b. 1979, Tehran, Iran) received his BFA from the Tehran University of Arts and his MFA from Tehran Tarbiat Modares University. His works range from highly symbolic pieces to arrangements of stuffed toy sculptures, and from drawings and paintings to installations that restage ritual or historical narratives. As critic and curator, Samadzadegan writes for art journals and has organized numerous exhibitions incorporating works by fellow artists. Through his works, he questions the legitimacy of normative values and systems of authority, and attacks the sanctity of cultural attitudes toward politics, religion, sexuality, art history, and education. He also examines cultural and social identity in his paintings and sculptures through found sources—literature, Chinese toys, photographs, commercial illustrations—to reveal the ways in which the history of colonialism, the civil rights movement, and totalitarian politics inform understandings of Iranian society. Samadzadegan is a guest professor at Tehran University of Arts and Aria Art Institute. He lives and works in Tehran.