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Ali Saeedi

Saradipour Art Gallery is pleased to announce Ali Saeedi as the winner of Khor Art Initiative 2021.
Ali Saeedi Kenari (b. 1971) is a self-taught artist, and as with many outsider artists in the history of art, his connection to his art is far more visceral than cerebral.
“My soul narrates a new story to my fingers every day, every moment from a parallel universe, abandoned in nowhere”, says the artist. “Painting is a necessity for me and I can’t resist all those dancing forms, shapes, and colors deep down in me. Every painting is an irreparable piece of me.”
Saeedi’s otherworldly, Boschian compositions filled with unrecognizable inhabitants, together with his particular diminutive style of removing blacks to reveal the elements against a colorful background vowed the jury in their strange sense of order and elusiveness in details.
As another Khor comes to an ended, a new tale of discovery begins. Stay tuned for more news on this year’s winner and the next Khor event in 2022.

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Mahdieh Abolhasan

To end these final moments of 2020 on a positive note, Saradipour Art Gallery is pleased to announce Mahdieh Abolhasan as the winner of Khor Art Initiative 2020.

Mahdieh Abolhasan (b. 1980) is a graphic designer and visual artist. She began her drawing training with Iranian drawing artist Farhad Gavzan, and her creations are combinations of manipulating surfaces and volumes of various media with a drawing-oriented approach. Abolhasan’s works were particularly praised by her nominating juror Katie Grinnan for their layered topographic and historic aspects and the “dynamic nature of the layers” which allowed for shifting forms and structures, creating a complex narrative. Mahdieh also engages in performance art and land art.

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