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MOJTABA TAJIK

Born in 1966 in Tehran, Iran, Mojtaba Tajik’s artistic companion was a camera before a paint brush.  Later, he was trained by the Iranian Master Aydin Aghdashloo and went on to become a hyperrealist painter, holding his first solo show in 1995.

As a keen photographer, he treats his camera as an instrument which supplies him with sketches of his paintings.  Being known for his Boxes, Tajik’s unexpected juxtaposition of still life goes beyond the photos that serve as his roadmaps and work the viewer into a more symbolic dimension.  Although focusing on mundane and everyday subjects for his paintings, he tries to portray them beyond their outward image in order to make them his own.

In his Boxes series, Tajik applies a dramatic approach towards painting: spot lights, theatrical scenes and frames that look like puppet show boxes; each showcasing a fragment of life.  Even with his shoes in New Collection, he merges the aesthetics of the object with conceptual concerns to probe his own social and culture milieu.  Unlike his Boxes; however, the Billboard series is a straight and somehow brutal presentation of the city billboards as they are around us, only this time following us indoors.

Tajik has held several solo shows in Iran, the US and Qatar and has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions.  A collection of his works was published in the book titled Boxes in 2007.