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.
About the Artist
Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an emerging star in the international art community, has become widely known for painting surrealist city-scale murals in his native Tehran, and his Greenway mural represents his American debut. Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer before studying 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, all hope-filled utopian designs that played with gravity and perspective. He was selected to paint all 10 and went on to paint more than 100 murals between 2005 and 2012. Today, Ghadyanloo is pursuing public art projects and exhibiting his work internationally.
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