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Né à Téhéran, en Iran, Khosro Berahmandi peint depuis l’âge de 25 ans. Ses années de formation le conduisent de l’université Western Ontario à l’Université Concordia de Montréal et à l’Université de Paris VIII où il obtient une maîtrise en arts plastiques.

Artiste accompli et prolifique, lauréat de plusieurs bourses du Conseil des Arts du Canada, Khosro Berahmandi, s’engage fréquemment dans divers projets artistiques. Parmi les plus récents, mentionnons le spectacle multidisciplinaire Éclats nocturne (2009) et le projet de danse Baiser tellurique (2010) qui explore la relation entre son art et d’autres formes d’expressions artistiques. Il a participé déjà à une quarantaine d’expositions en solo et de groupe au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Europe.

Trois livres d’art ont été consacrés à l’art de Khosro Berahmandi. Le premier, Le même à l’écart (2009, Maison d’édition Ketabe Iran Canada), présente l’art de cet artiste aux côtés des poètes iraniens Yadola Royai, Hossein Sharang, Hossein Model et Bahman Sadighi. Le deuxième, Oubli et silence (2010, Maison d’édition Ketabe Iran Canada), est une rétrospective de son travail artistique des années 2002 à 2010 préfacé par Bahman Sadighi. Enfin, le troisième, Traversée des feux (2012, Édition du Noroît) présente ses peintures et les poèmes de José Acquelin, de Martine Audet, de Paul Bélanger, de Yadolah Royaï, de Bahman Sadihgi et de Hossein Sharagn, que ces peintures ont inspirés.

L’art de Khosro Berahmandi révèle un univers singulier d’où émerge sa mythologie prodigieuse, captivante et personnelle. Le travail créatif de Khosro Berahmandi favorise une esthétique originale qui plonge le spectateur dans un labyrinthe sans fin d’êtres énigmatiques qui interpellent et fascinent le regard.

Khosro Berahmandi vit et travaille à Tiohtiá:ke également connu sous le nom de Montréal depuis 1990. Parallèlement à son travail de peintre, l’artiste se consacre à son travail de directeur général et artistique du Festival Accès Asie. 

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Biography written by Rajath Suri

The multidisciplinary artist, Khosro Berahmandi, of Iranian origin, arrived in Canada in 1983 at the age of twenty-two. Khosro lives and works in Tiohtia’ke – Montreal.

Khosro studied Visual Arts at the University of Concordia in Montreal and the University of Paris VIII. He is a distinguished and prolific artist accomplishing over fifty group and solo exhibitions throughout the past three decades. His career has encompassed projects held in Canada, Europe, and the United States, with an accent upon interdisciplinary creation concerted with an international contingency of artists. He is equally the Artistic Director of the Festival Accès Asie, a Montreal based initiative which celebrates the Asian Heritage Month in Canada and celebrates the contribution of diverse Asian communities and their artists within the cultural milieux of Montreal.

The art of Khosro Berahmandi enacts a microcosmic singularity, one derived from a personal mythology, that echoes the pictorial approach of the iconography of Indo-Iranian miniature painting that constitutes a captivating and prodigious trial within the field of contemporaneous practice. His creative trajectory demarcates an exquisite aesthetic embodied in the perpetual labyrinth of aggregate and enigmatic beings, a semi-figurative “bestiary” which both challenges and fascinates audiences, as predominant aesthetic aspects born of Euro-centrism pale in contrast with his signatory innovations in leitmotif, poetical symbolism, and individual compositional strength.

The successive series, whether on wood or paper, evoke a transcendent quality, a personal mythology which exceed conventional iconography.  The works hold a universal appeal in their ambiguity of immediate reference, as if they echo a lost text once spoken and now whispered.

The renderings of the poetical imaginary, a sojourn where the artist gravitates, physically and psychically, upon detail: the minutiae of line, intensity of composition and proximity of material. A detail which voices a simultaneous spiritual ascent towards an intuitive augury of the sacred with the anonymity of a silent shaman.  Once connected to Khosro’s images, we suddenly encounter a personal cosmology which has proven to be the visual itinerary of a voyage possessed of itself, a tributary which has drawn deeply from diverse convergence, intersections, and sources.

The four decade’s long exile from his native Iran, where he never since returned, may suggest the wandering of a sensitive and serene individual somewhere dispossessed. Yet, without diaspora or nostalgia, the artist has embarked on an individual errant path that leads him towards an image that becomes his own territory. His creations silent testament to the singularity and subjectivity reality embraced, extemporal and resonant with visual composites of Universal themes.  They suggest, with lucid speculation, that as iconography fails and art-historicism collapses, we might draw nearer a reality that reconciles the animal and the vegetal with the human.  The charted map hidden in the dense yet lustrous compositions of Khosro Berahmandi echo with eternal threads while are woven of the fabric of his singular sublime cosmos wherein _his brushes reign.