Khosrow Hassanzadeh (b.1963, Iran) lives and works in Tehran. Returning from the Iran- Iraq war, Hassanzadeh studied at the Faculty of Painting, Mojtama-e-Honar University,Tehran (1989-91) and later trained with his mentor, Iranian artist Aydeen Aghdashlou while studying at the Faculty of Persian Literature (1996-8). Hassanzadeh has shown in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and the Middle East. Over 15 solo shows at venues including B21, Dubai (2008); Silk Road Gallery, Tehran (2007); French Cultural Centre, Damascus (2007); Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2006); and Diorama Arts Centre, London (1999). Group shows include Word into Art, British Museum (2006); West by East, CCCB, Barcelona (2005); Far Near Distance, Haus der Kulturen, Berlin (2004); New Art, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (2002); and Iranian Contemporary Art, The Barbican, London (2001). His works are in public collections including The British Museum, KIT Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, The Tehran Museum for Contemporary Art, and the World Bank in Washington D.C. Hassanzadeh’s work combines art and poetry and many of his paintings and drawings can be seen as visual diaries incorporating his own writings, family, self-portraits and his experience of war. His paintings often deal with issues considered sensitive in Iranian society and he is frequently cited as a ‘political’ artist, although he continues to explore sociological themes particular to Iran’s hyper-gendered urban landscape. He has been the subject of several documentaries by the BBC and Arte.