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Davood Mantegh

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Our lives are great gifts and I just try to live the best way I can.

Davood Mantegh
17, 09, 1974

B.A in Painting
(Art university of TEHRAN)

Painter, Art Director,
Graphic Designer, Stage Designer

www.mantegh.com
www.manteghstudio.com
www.painting.mantegh.com

Painting Exhibitions:

1-  1996 Haft samar gallery
( Group Exhibition )

2-  1997 Haft samar gallery
( Solo Exhibition)

3-  1998 Haft samar gallery
( Solo Exhibition)

4-  1998 ebne-sina   gallery
( Group Exhibition)

5-  1999 Haft samar gallery
( Solo Exhibition)

6-  2000 Haft samar gallery
( Solo Exhibition)

7-  2001 Haft samar gallery
( Group Exhibition)

8-  2002 Haft samar gallery
( Group Exhibition)

9-  2004 Lale  gallery
( Group Exhibition)

10-  2004  Haft samar gallery
( Solo Exhibition)

11- 2005 Arte Gallery
( Group Exhibition)

12- 2005  ( niavaran meusum) Spiritual art Exhibition
( Group  Exhibition)

13- 2006 Haft negah ( niavaran meusum)
( Group Exhibition)

14- 2006 annual of  upstream art gallery ( usa) (Special Recognition)
( Group Exhibition)

15- 2007 Iranian Artist’s Forum ( night)
( Group Exhibition)

16- 2007 Iranian Artist’s Forum (Presence of literature in painting)
( Group Exhibition)

17- 2007 Sad Abad  ( Iranian painters forum)
( Group Exhibition)

18- 2007 Haft negah ( Isfehan meusum)
( Group Exhibition)

19- 2008 Haft negah ( Niavaran meusum)
( Group Exhibition)

20- 2008 Haft samar gallery
( Solo Exhibition)

21 -2008 Iranian Artist’s Forum (Iranian painters forum)
( Group Exhibition)

22- 2008 Valy art gallery
( Group Exhibition)

23- 2010 Queen Gallery (Toronto,CANADA)
( Solo Exhibition)

24- 2010 Arta Gallery (Toronto, CANADA)
( Group Exhibition)

25- 2010 Queen Gallery (Toronto,CANADA)
( Group Exhibition)

26- 2010 Queen Gallery (Toronto,CANADA)
( Group Exhibition)

27- 2011 Queen Gallery (Toronto,CANADA)
( Group Exhibition)

28- 2012 SNAC – Social Network Art Competition ( USA)
( Group Exhibition)

+ ++++ 6 private Solo Exhibition from 1996 to 2008

Artist Statement

‘Born in 1974, I graduated from Tehran’s University of Art in Iran with a degree in painting, and have had eleven solo exhibitions in Iran and participated in more than 20 group exhibitions in Iran and internationally.

This exhibition showcases all new artwork that I have made since I have left Iran. All of the work has been made in the short period (about five months) since I have been here. This work was inspired by my reflections, often in my bed, as I am drifting off to sleep, on my memories and the mystery of the future. I don’t know what the future holds for me and as I lay there thinking about it, I draw.  Although I do not have my studio or my equipment, and the work was all made in unfamiliar conditions, I seem to have found the best of my imagination and creativity.

Because I have suddenly found myself in Canada, in completely different circumstances, I feel like I am suspended between hope and anxiety.I have come from a country where human rights and democracy are not a priority, to a country where everyone is allowed their say. Adjusting to this difference in culture is challenging and it’s hard to abandon the way of life you were born into and grew up with.  And I miss my friends and family and the good times and familiarity in general.  It is natural that adapting to a new way of life will take time and occasionally be very difficult. This is where my art brings me some peace and relaxation.  I have sought refuge in my past and my wishes for the future; my memories and dreams and pain and joy, and these paintings are the result.

Our lives are great gifts and I just try to live the best way I can.

“Davood Mantegh”

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