A true multi-disciplinary artist, Farideh Lashai produced work across painting, sculpture, installation and stop motion animation in a career that spanned more than five decades.
Through brusque abstraction as well as narrative compositions and lyrical forms, Lashai’s diverse output from the early 1960s into the 21st century showed a reverence for idyllic landscapes while also reflecting her personal history and engaging with Iran’s political and social conditions. Indeed, she often argued that her works evolved from the interiority of her soul.
Lashai also studied German literature and worked as a writer and translator, particularly focusing on the work of German playwright Bertolt Brecht, activities that were often interconnected with her work as an artist.
Posthumous solo exhibitions of Lashai’s work include Towards the Ineffable: Farideh Lashai, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), the Iranian Pavilion - La Biennale di Venezia 2015 and Only a Shadow, Davis Museum, Boston (2013). Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including Between the act/ And the motion/ Falls the Shadow, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012) and Islamic Art Now, LACMA, Los Angeles (2015). Her works can be found in collections including The British Museum, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, LACMA, Sharjah Art Foundation and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.
Born in 1944 in Rasht, Iran, she passed away in 2013 in Tehran.