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Iranian contemporary artist Farideh Lashai dies at 68

Sources: ISNA & Tavoos

One of the most important and famous Iranian contemporary female artists in Iran and in the world, a translator and writer, Farideh Lashai died on Sunday (February 24), after a long battle with cancer at the age of 68. Despite her illness, she continued her artistic activity until the last days. May her soul rest in peace.

Farideh Lashai
photo by Maryam Zandi

Fadrideh Lashai (Born in Rasht, 1944) was a multimedia artist. She had been painting more than forty years and having held 25 solo exhibitions and participating in more than 80 group exhibitions she was one of the most active Iranian female visual artists known. Even before exhibiting her paintings she worked in crystal manufacturing workshops in Germany and Austria as designer for years, having an experience of nearly half century in this field. A lover of literature in general and having studied German literature, she translated several plays by the famous German playwright Berthold Brecht (1968-2008); an activity she had to abandon after choosing painting as her career. She was a writer too and her last novel Shal Bamu, published a few years ago became a best-seller and attracted the attention of Iranian literary circles. She was one of the founders and an active member of Neda group consisting of 12 Iranian female painters. In recent years she was also active in the field of video art and multimedia installations. Her presence in international art auctions together with her brilliant valuable works and her successes on a global scale has turned her into one of the most well-known pioneers of visual arts not only in the Persian Gulf region and the Middle East, but also in Europe and America.

We express our heartfelt condolences to her daughter "Manelli Keykavoosi", artists and art lovers of this land.

Leyli va Majnun 2008-Video projection on painted triptych-Each canvas 94 x 35.5 in

For more information about the life and works by Farideh Lashai please see:
Poetry in Representation of Nature: Iranian Artist Farideh Lashai


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