Iran Darroudi is a revered Iranian painter, director, writer, art critic and university professor. She was born in 1936 in Khorasan to a prominent dynasty. Her paternal family were well-known merchants in the north-eastern province, while her maternal family were caucasian merchants, who travelled to Iran following the Soviet Revolution and took residence in Mashhad.
Darroudi discovered her passion for painting at a young age. After completing her secondary school education, she travelled to France and continued her studies at the University of Fine Arts (École des Beaux-Art). To learn the secrets of successful colour mixing, she headed to the Belgian capital and attained a course in "stained glass" at The Imperial and Royal Academy of Brussels. Darroudi completed her education with a degree in the History of Art at Ecole du Louvre in Paris.
In 1968 Darroudi was commissioned by the ITT corporation to create an artwork, entitled Iranian Petroleum, on the occasion of the launch of a pipeline from Abadan to Mashahr. The painting generated a great deal of media interest and was published in the likes of Time magazine, Newsweek and Life Magazine -- to name but a few. The artwork was later dubbed "Our Veins, the Earth's Veins," by Ahmad Shamlu, a distinguished Iranian poet.
Darroudi continues to add to her ever-growing collection. To date she has held 60 exhibitions worldwide, and contributed to some 200 group exhibitions across Europe, Central America, Japan and of course her homeland, Iran.
Following her success in arts, Darroudi took on a new adventure. In 1966 she began to learn directing at the RCL institute in New York City. That's where she met her husband, Parviz Moghadasi, who was also studying television directing at the time. The two began to collaborate with each-other on various projects at a newly established television production company. Over the period of six years, they produced over 80 documentaries about both Iranian and international artists. Her work was consequently recognised by Iran's university of Sharif, where she was invited to lecture the History of Art as an honorary professor.
Darroudi's lifetime achievements include her 60 individual exhibitions and 200 group exhibitions, art critiques published in various newspapers, colourful speeches in cultural and artistic establishments around the world, some 80 collaborative documentaries, and last but not least an autobiography, "Distance Between Two Dots".
These are the results of more than 50 years of her work in Contemporary Art of Iran. The same activities that she carried out while rubbing shoulders with great individuals such as Andrew Marlowe, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Antonio Rodriguez, Ahmad Shamloo etc.
Today she's hailed as one of the most influential artists in the world, with her artwork displayed at internationally recognised venues such as the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Kerman Museum of Fine Arts, the Sa'dabad Palace, the Saheb Gharani-e Palace, Belgium's Ixelles Museum and a number of exhibitions of Contemporary Art in New York.
Her latest project takes Darroudi back to her motherland, where she has donated some 150 works of art to a foundation named after her to be put on permanent display for the people of Iran.
1958 Miami Beach Art Centre, USA
1958 Columbia University, New York
1959 Royal Hilton Hotel, Tehran
1959 Farhang Hall, Tehran
1961 Iran-America Society, Tehran
1961 Farhang Hall, Tehran
1963 Museum of xelles, Brussels
1964 Galeria Santa Maria Pizza, Milan
1964 Borghèse Gallery, Tehran
1965 Iran-America Society, Tehran
1969 Negar Gallery, Tehran
1970 Royal Hilton Hotel, Tehran
1970 Sharif Industrial University, Tehran
1972 Goethe Institute, Tehran
1973 Space Gallery 2000, New York
1973 Goethe Institute : Shiraz, Abadan, Mashhad, Isfahan
1973 Drouant Gallery, Paris
1973 Atrium Artis Gallery, Geneva
1974 21 Gallery, Zurich
1974 National Iranian Oil Company, Abadan
1974 Ferdowsi University, Mashhad
1975 Darroudi Gallery, Tehran
1975 Drouant Gallery, Tokyo
1975 La Galleria Gallery, Mexico
1976 Museum of Bellas Artes, Mexico
1976 Heritage Gallery, Toronto
1976 Ferdowsi University, Mashhad
1976 Isfahan University, Isfahan
1976 National Iranian Oil Company, Abadan
1976 Iranian National Television, Shiraz
1976 Alexander Gallery, Tehran
1978 Prime Minister’s Club, Tehran
1978 Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva
1982 Motte Gallery, Geneva
1987 Bailleul Gallery, Paris
1988 Salon Roland Garros, Palais de Chaillot, Paris
1988 Studio Q, New Jersey
1988 Art Decor Gallery, Washington D.C.
1989 First Credit bank, Los Angeles
1991 A.M.O.R.C. Cultural Center, Paris
1991 Iran Cultural Center, Dusseldorf, Germany
1992 Azadi Museum, Tehran
1993 Sepehri Gallery, Tehran
1994 Art 54 Gallery, New York
1994 United Nations, New York
1995 Barg Gallery, Tehran
1999 Hourian Gallery, San Francisco
1999 Virginia Tech University, Virginia
1999 U.C.L.A. University, Los Angeles
2002 Artists’ House, Tehran
2002 Museum Of Modern Art, Isfahan
2003 Pegah Gallery, Kerman
2008 Museum of Modern Art, Tehran
200 group exhibitions in France, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Australia, Japan, and Germany also exhibitions with Iranian artists in Iran, France, USA, Canada, Monaco, Germany and UAE.
Since 1964, a member of International Congress of Artists, Art Critics and Artistic Studies of Rimini, Verrucchio, San Marino, Italy.
From 1967-1972, producing and directing 1900 minutes of documentary film for television on “Art Appreciation”.
Producing and directing a 55 minute documentary film entitled “Biennial of Venice 1968 ”.
1970-1972, Honorary professor of “History and Art Appreciation” in Sharif Industrial University, Tehran.
A series of conferences about painting and the role of women in the Iranian history and the contemporary art, and also about her book entitled “ In the Distant between Two Points”.
1988 Cultural Society of Iranian Immigrants, Brussels.
1998 The Library of Iran’s Study Center; London
1998 Virginia Tech University, Virginia
1999 L.A. University, Los Angeles
1999 Berkeley University, San Francisco
1999 San Jose Experts Society, USA
1999 Kahrizak ‘Cultural Institution’, San Francisco,
1999 Virginia Tech University, Virginia
1999 Sokhan Society, San Francisco
1999 Sokhan Society, Los Angeles
1999 Iranian’s Cultural Society, Sacramento
1999 Cultural Society of Iranian Immigrants in New Jersey
Research on “ The Art of Achaemenians ”, printed in Sokhan and Negin press in 1957 and 1958.
Articles and criticism on painting in Iranian press and Sokhan magazine.
1973 “Iran Darroudi’s Paintings ”, Tehran, first edition
1976 “Iran Darroudi’s Paintings ”, Tehran, second edition by Amir Kabir
1995 “In the distance between two points…!”, Her autobiography, first edition by Ney
2004 “Hearing Eye” Iran Darroudi’s Paintings, Tehran, First edition
2007 “In the distance between two points…!”, Ninth editio