Hossein Zenderoudi

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Hossein Zenderoudi
Hossein Zenderoudi

(1937-03-11) March 11, 1937 (age 82)
Tehran, Iran
NationalityIranian, French
Other namesCharles Hossein Zenderoudi
EducationUniversity of Tehran
Known forPainting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics, Tapestry
MovementSaqqakhaneh movement

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (born March 11, 1937, Tehran)[1] is an Iranian painter, calligrapher and sculptor, known as a pioneer of Iranian modern art and as one of the earliest artists to incorporate Arabic calligraphy elements into his artwork. He is a associated as a pioneer of the Saqqa-Khaneh movement, a genre of neo-traditional modern art found in Iran that is rooted in a history of coffee-house paintings and Shiʿite Islam visual elements.[2][3][4][5] He lives in Paris and New York.[1]


Born in Tehran, Iran on March 11, 1937.[1][6] He attended the Fine Art College of University of Tehran in the 1950s to study painting and calligraphy.[2] Zenderoudi was active in the arts community in Iran, through his membership of art groups between 1958 and 1960, he became one of the founders of the Saqqakhaneh movement, which explored the use of Shiʿite Islam visual elements and calligraphy in art.[7] He influenced generations of artists internationally.

After winning an award at the 2nd annual Tehran Painting Biennial in 1960, he moved in 1961 to Paris, France and later became a French national.[2]

His painting titled, Tchaar Bagh was sold at Christie's international auction in Dubai for $1.6 million in 2008.[8] There has been controversy around this artist's legacy of work and his rights to certification of his artwork, including his family estate/foundation certifying (or denying certification) of his work retroactively.[9]



Hossein Zenderoudi's artwork held in permanent museum collections:


  • 1958 - Prize at the Paris Biennial [14]
  • 1964 – Cagnes-sur-Mer prize[2]
  • 1959 – Award of the Iran-America Society, Tehran[2]
  • 1961 – Laureate of the Paris Biennial, France[2]
  • 1962 – Laureate of the Venice Biennale, Italy[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Collections: Charles Hossein Zenderoudi". Centre Pompidou. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography: Iranian Artist Charles Hossein Zenderoudi". Payvand Iran News. Tavoos Art Magazine. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. ^ Khosravi, Shahram (Sep 28, 2011). Young and Defiant in Tehran. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 50. ISBN 0812206819.
  4. ^ "SAQQĀ-ḴĀNA SCHOOL OF ART – Encyclopaedia Iranica". Iranicaonline.org. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  5. ^ Rooney, Authors: Maryam Ekhtiar, Julia. "Artists of the Saqqakhana Movement (1950s–60s) | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  6. ^ a b "Charles Hossein Zenderoudi | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  7. ^ Ali, W., Modern Islamic Art: Development and Continuity, University of Florida Press, 1997, p. 156
  8. ^ "Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iranian, b. 1937), Tchaar-Bagh". Christies.com. 2008. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  9. ^ Cornwell, Tim (2018-02-15). "Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works". TheArtNewspaper.com. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  10. ^ "Collection: Charles Hossein Zenderoudi. K+L+32+H+4. Mon père et moi (My Father and I). 1962". The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  11. ^ "Miuz skfe | Centre Pompidou". Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  12. ^ "The Hand, 1960-61 - Grey Gallery". Grey Gallery. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  13. ^ "Events - Special event - 'Who is this Hossein the world is crazy about?' The work of Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi". British Museum. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  14. ^ Ali, W., Modern Islamic Art: Development and Continuity, University of Florida Press, 1997, p. `165

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