Ali Zakeri’s (b. 1959, Iran) paintings and drawings range from abstract readings of nature to expressive renderings of figures in both imagined and actual surroundings. Zakeri’s various explorations are often rooted in different chapters of his life. Having lived through the Iran-Iraq war, Zakeri addresses violence, humanity’s never-ending battle of survival and his existential solitude in this battle in “The Eliminated or The Sons of God”, a series of works depicting boxers in a symbolic ring with no spectators. In “Childhood Prairies”, Zakeri’s large collection of plein air paintings, on the other hand, he invites us to the vast, lush landscapes much like those of his childhood, not so much to evoke the nostalgia of those distant, carefree days but rather to experience the world through the curious eyes of a child again. Dynamic, dense, and palpitating, these paintings offer a multisensory experience where nature feels tactile and out of touch all at the same time and every brushstroke brims with sunlight and fresh air.
b. 1959, Iran
Born in 1959 in Zanjan, Iran.
1999 M.A. in painting, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
1990 B.A. in Painting, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
2004 Selected Artist, 3rd International Painting Biennale of Iranian Academy of the Arts, Saba Art and Cultural Institue, Tehran
1991 Selected Artist, First Biennale of Iranian Painters, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 The Eliminated or The Sons of God Series, Saradipour Art Gallery, Mahshahr, Khuzestan, Iran
2017 Solo exhibition, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran
2005 Solo exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2004 Landscape, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Drawing Movement, Shavadoon Gallery, Shooshtar, Khuzestan, Iran
2018 Group Visual Arts Exhibition, Solouk Art Gallery, Tehran
2018 Drawing and Gravel: Masters of Drawing in Drawing Museum, Drawing Museum, Tehran
2018 Art Feast 6: Drawing as Living, Selected by Amir Soqrati, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2018 Garden Alley, Bon Gallery, Tehran
2016 The Winter Experience, e1 Art Gallery, Tehran
2004 3rd International Painting Biennale of Iranian Academy of the Arts, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran
2004 Iran Painters Association Artists Exhibition, CityScape Community Art Space, Vancouver, Canada
2002 2nd International Painting Biennale of Iranian Academy of the Arts, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran
Hosseini, D. (2017, September 2). Negāhī be namāyeshgāh-e jadīde Ali Zakeri: hazf shodegān, revāyat-e khoshunatī azalī [A review of the new exhibition by Ali Zakeri: The Eliminated, a narrative of pre-eternal violence] Shargh 2952. p. 18.