Return to the Stage • Solo Painting Exhibition of Akbar Yadegari • d’Angers Gallery • Semnan-Iran
Akbar was born in 1951 in Iran. In 1970, he attended Management College and founded a theatre group where he directed several plays. In 1971, he entered Fine Art College of Tehran University and graduated in Theatre Arts (1977).
Then he was employed as a theatre expert in in the Ministry of Culture and Art’s theatre department in Semnan, in which he continued his work as an actor and writer for theatre, television and cinema. Some years later he left Semnan, so the name "return to the stage" marks his return to Semnan.
In 1986, Akbar immigrated to Cologne, Germany. In 1987 he attended Philosophy College at the University of Cologne to continue his studies in theatre and to found “Tamasha” theatre group. He successfully directed several plays across Europe and in Canada in the past three decades. His increased attention and passion for illustration and painting made him found his own style in art throughout this period. Akbar was able to demonstrate one of his characteristics, which is the interaction between his two fields of arts. In addition to taking part in public exhibitions, Akbar held private exhibition for art experts to review and encourage philosophy and art discussions about his work for many years, so his style of work maintains novelty. Akbar is currently active in painting, theatre and scriptwriting both in Iran and Europe.
Akbar avoids the meanings given to his subjects; therefore he can concentrate on his own cognition; he starts a dialogue with the work at hand and continues working up to a point where it’s not clear which one is evolving, he or the painting. He thinks a true painting should change the artist as well as artist changes the painting. For Akbar "abstract" is striping any phenomenon of its imposed meaning.
The exhibition is curated by Javid Ramezani, 54. On display, mostly figurative are displayed with hints at the concept of migration. In his work, he has used various tools from brush to handkerchief and facial tissues. He has employed vibrant colors which are then smudged with duller hues.