Davood Roostaei

Davood Roostaei, the magical artist from Iran, was born in the Persian town of Sarab in 1959. After years of pursuit, prosecution and imprisonment in Iran he fled the country in 1984. Germany, Monte Carlo and Los Angles became his new homes

Since then Roostaei has acquired international fame as the founder of “Cryptorealism”, a revolutionary style of painting that reconciles the major currents of contemporary art, realism and abstraction, and at the same time, spans the bridge between the Orient and the Occident, between the deeply rooted fear of images in religions and the passionate love of images in the West.

Roostaei is a philanthropist and a champion of causes and has donated the proceeds of some of his most sought after paintings to the charities he most deeply believes in.

Sadly and unexpectedly, Davood Roostaei passed away in 2023.


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