Farid Jahangir was born in Tehran in 1958, Farid Jahangir is a prominent contemporary Iranian painter. He began studying painting in the United States during late 1970s, and returned to Iran in 1980. Then he started participating in the open painting and art theory courses held by Aydin Aghdashloo, during early 1980s. He then studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, and since then his work has been focused mainly on portrait and landscape painting.
Farid Jahangir’s paintings originate from everyday life. Many of his portraits include his friends and relatives. In portraits, he examines a variety of visual styles and expressions, a study which has been continued more than three decades, from more realistic approaches to expressionist and fauvist modes.
His landscapes and mountains series draw from his personal interest in mountaineering, especially in the mountains around his home in Lavasan in north-east Tehran. Here, the painter’s attention is focused on the changes of light effects. Without seeking to communicate a specific narrative, Jahangir often pictures real-life moments in an expressive mode.
In 1992, along with a group of fellow artists, he launched “Project 71”, one of the first post-revolutionary conceptual art projects in Iran, to be installed at an old house in northern Tehran. It was considered a revolutionary artistic event at the time, which brought art out of the galleries and conventional venues into the public living space.
A prolific painter, Farid Jahangir has exhibited his paintings, including portraits, self-portraits, landscapes and images of everyday life, in numerous exhibitions, including in the galleries of Iranshahr, Golestan, Seyhoun, Art Center and Etemad in Tehran, along with many international exhibitions and events.