Mehdi Ghadyanloo

Spaces Of Hope, 2016

The Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has commissioned a new temporary installation on The Greenway by Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an emerging star in the international art community. Mehdi Ghadyanloo has become internationally known for painting over 100 surrealist city-scale murals in his native Tehran and the artist's upcoming Boston mural represents his American debut. Titled Spaces Of Hope, it is the fifth mural to adorn the popular 76'x70' Greenway Wall. 

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, 35, worked as a farmer in Kiraj before moving to Tehran to study Painting at the University of Tehran. After graduation in 2004, Ghadyanloo answered an open call from the Municipality of Tehran's Beautification Bureau to promote public art in the city. Ghadyanloo submitted 10 proposals for murals and was selected to paint all 10. He went on to paint over 100 gigantic murals throughout Tehran between 2004 and 2011 depicting scenes of people and places in amusing compositions and illusionistic settings evocative of happy and at times surreal conditions. He quickly became one of Iran's most famous public artists. Today, Ghadyanloo is pursuing public art projects and exhibiting his paintings internationally. Foregoing political commentary in his public art, Ghadyanloo is more interested in capturing and communicating dreams and imaginations that people all over the world share. 

Ghadyanloo's Spaces Of Hope mural was painted by the artist from October 7 to November 1, 2016. The mural is the first to be curated entirely by the non-profit Greenway Conservancy; four past murals were the result of co-curated partnerships with Boston-area art institutions.    


What They’re Saying!

“Brilliant" "A triumph" "Ghadyanloo’s control of spatial illusion is masterful”
– Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic

“[Ghadyanloo’s Greenway mural]  is a stunning expression of optimism”
Associated Press

“Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s canvas is the skyline. His illusions make use of the vast blue expanses beyond to create windows to other – more magical – worlds.”
CNN Travel

"These paintings are colorful, mischievous, charming.”
– Yaniv Halili, Yediot Aharonot     

“The prolific artist has introduced us to the realm of public art possibilities…”
– Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post

"Ghadyanloo’s murals in Tehran open windows in the sky."
– Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

Mehdi’s murals “are thoughtful, highly inventive works making interventions into everyday lives and landscape.”
– Cait Munro, Artnet News

”The most powerful aspect of Ghadyanloo’s work is its exquisite beauty.”
– Dr. Pamela Karimi, Assoc. Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

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