Interview With Refugee Artist Who Breaks Down Technique and His 40 Years of Secrets

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Currently in Los Angeles painting his new collection. Groundbreaking artist Davood Roostaei who for over 40 years became synonymous with a style he developed in 1987 called Cryptorealism. Painting with no brushes and only his fingers, Roostaei recently made headlines (LA Weekly, Art&Object, Flux Magazine) and is loved by collectors and followers worldwide, including Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, Sir Anthony Hopkins & more. Roostaei is currently being shown in Beijing’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Vancouver Fine Art Gallery, and the Pashmin Art Gallery in Shanghai and Hamburg, Germany, with Los Angeles dates to follow.

Davood Roostaei shares how he created his trademark Cryptorealism style and his jaw-dropping career that began as an artist in the late 1970s when the Iranian revolution violently disrupted his art studies and he was thrown in jail for two years for art deemed subversive by the regime. Upon his release, he sought asylum in Germany when life began as an artist in 1984 before moving to America.

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