Peak of "I Am Obama" Masterpiece
Select pieces of Roostaei's President-Elect Obama-inspired art to be displayed during event
WASHINGTON D.C. - "Obama: THAT ONE!" presented by Lifestyle Communications and sponsored in part by HBO, announced today that internationally acclaimed artist Davood Roostaei will create one-of-a-kind paintings to present to "Obama: THAT ONE!" "CHANGE" Award Honorees on Sunday, January 18 at the Newseum, the world's most interactive, state-of-the-art news museum. Confirmed recipients include Hill Harper, actor, author, activist, and Founder of Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, and Beverly Bond, Founder, Black Girls Rock.
The latest 7' x 12' feet painting of Davood Roostaei entitled "I am Obama" depicts the history of approximately 45 key White and African-American leaders through slavery, the American War of Independence, the Abolitionist Movement, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Civil Rights struggle to the day President-elect Barack Obama made history. With up to 4 layers of paint "I am Obama" includes images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Elijah Mohammad, among others.
Davood Roostaei, the magical artist from the Orient, 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. This support has provided assistance for causes such as the children of Chernobyl, children hurt in accidents and suffering from vascular disease, AIDS assistance programs, and the hospice movement. In 2000 he dedicated the profits of his painting "Light & Shadow" bought by the city of Hamburg for $300,000 to the city's orphanage.
He paints solely with bare fingers and his art necessitates new forms of exhibition - distance, illumination and viewing angles. Roostaei always emphasizes that his paintings do not only deal with the visually perceptible appearance. "The artist should not only paint his models'bodies, but has to try to express the person's soul," states Roostaei.
Roostaei is the recipient of many awards including the Diamond Award, Ambassador Award given by the Jewish Federation and The Golden Youth Revolution in Visual Arts Award. Roostaei also received an honorary doctorate degree of Philosophy in Healing Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and has served an appointment as a professor for the University. He is a virtuoso, a great Iranian thinker, and a talent of the century. For images of Davood Roostaei's work please visit www.davoodroostaei.com.
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