He was born in 1966, Tehran, Iran. Mojtaba Tajik is a self-taught artist who began his creative endeavors with photography. Later he was trained by the Iranian master painter Aydin Aghdashloo and went on to become a hyper-realist painter. He held his first solo exhibition in 1995 in Tehran’s prestigious Seyhoun Gallery.
Tajik uses his camera as his initial tool and instead of sketching his ideas; he photographs his subjects before using them to begin his paintings. His works are therefore the result of still life images that have gone beyond their ordinary context and have delicately been transformed into symbolic paintings. Although Tajik seemingly focuses on subjects that appeal to him aesthetically in everyday life, in his paintings, he tries to portray them beyond their outward and banal context in order to make them his own.
Due to flexibility, and in order to achieve his desired colours, shadows and textures, Tajik uses acrylic paint as his main media. This allows him to create pure colours and the paint density, which he is looking for, and also to achieve the necessary rich surface texture and the correct light resolution effect.
Tajik’s conceptual fascination work of 'Boxes’, has taken eleven years to be created, as his most well-known series. This series consists of a variety of subjects, including boxes containing tools, soda cans, bottles, coins, keys, nails, bowls, boxes, paper boats, shoes and suitcases. By merging the aesthetic of the objects with conceptual concerns, Tajik explores his own social and cultural milieu in the works, perhaps, his psychological engagement with concepts of order, framework and segregation.
His latest collection, as an extension of the Boxes Series, follows the same concept; but this time focuses on more intimate personal items. Unlike his Boxes, Tajik’s Billboard Series is a direct and brutal reference to the torn, dirty, rusted and abandoned city billboards around us, painted to point at our social existential dependencies and our engagements with matters of little significance in life, leaving behind signs of our greed in quest for new indulgences.
During his career as a painter, Tajik has held several solo exhibitions in Iran, United States and Qatar, and has participated in many group exhibitions worldwide. Tajik’s works have been regularly presented in international art fairs. A book was published on his collection of works in 2007 entitled: Boxes, available at Assar Art Gallery. His works have also been included in a book by Lorena Kloosterboer entitled ‘Complete guide to painting in acrylic’.
Member of the Iranian Painters Society
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CAMA Gallery, a Persian art specialist from Iran, has opened its first London gallery in Westminster.
04 June, 2018
Attempts to isolate Iran politically for these past four decades have had an unexpected result: they have driven forward a dramatically innovative national contemporary arts scene.
21 May, 2018
Their works, which capture a different side of life in Iran, are shifting for vast sums. As the first gallery devoted to Iranian art opens in Britain, we go behind the scenes
04 May, 2018
Following the success of their space in Tehran, CAMA Gallery, the new international market leaders in Modern and Contemporary Iranian art, have announced the opening of their London gallery today the 5th of April with an inaugural exhibition of 19 Contemporary Iranian artists.
05 April, 2018