Theater ADEL YOUNESI

  • Dimensions : 200 × 150 cm
  • Year : 2016
  • Medium : Oil
  • Support : Canvas
  • Signature : Hand-signed

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The painting "Street theater" represents a group of itinerant actors (Ta'zieh Theater). They come and go, from one village to another, singing and playing their comedies. They show the life of Imam Hossein and other great figures of popular culture with the moral values, greatness of soul and courage. The bright background and the torn curtains symbolize the opening of cultures. The work invites us to open the horizon of humanity, bring the kindness and the joy into a better world.


Adel Younesi, a young Iranian artist, was born in 1985, in Hamadan. For him, we all live in a world full of illusions created by mental activities; desires and fears lead to strange situations. In his works, the past is transmitted and updated by itself, and combined with the present impressions, the reflections and the feelings. His paintings are both real and phantasmagoric, which show a unique, touching and poetic universe. The austere expressions of figures in black and white from old photos contrast with improbable places, the bright colours of flags, and sometimes unexpected animals : “In my recent works the relationship between animals and their behaviour besides people and things, forms universality.” Nourished with elements from past and present impressions, his subjectivity is full of hope. His evocative power paradoxically reveals the universal significance of creative imagination.