Mehrdad MehrAeen is a professional Iranian,Australian visual artist and musician with over 20 years’ experience. He showed an interest in calligraphy and painting when he was in middle school. He started to build and develop his arts practice during high school and continued until he moved to Australia.
He moved to Australia in 2013 and continued his artistic endeavors in Australia. After finding himself to be totally alone and homesick, he started to research and explore his feelings through his artworks and focused on forms in nature of Australia.
Mehrdad held his first Australia exhibition at Peacock Gallery, Sydney in 2019. Few weeks after that he won the 1st prize of 2019 Cumberland art award for his artwork "Water, Wind, Soil "
His works were selected for a couple of public art projects such as Hurstville Plaza Public Art project in 2019 and M1 Noise Barrier Wall public art project in 2022.
Mehrdad believes in improvisation through the art making process. He paints by using calligraphy in its alone pictorial dimension, getting free of the text and of the meaning of the words, free in the gesture of unreadable writing.
His creative practice is an alchemy of the shapes, colors and forms of the natural world. He grounds his visual work in the beauty of the earthbound. The natural and esoteric mysteries of earth are a common theme that he especially explores in his calligraphic painting. Letters as objects of geometric beauty, Persian shapes, dashes, dots and lines that derive from nature, juxtaposed to form patterns that move along a canvas to create an image, tell a story, paint a picture. His influences in Australia remain with the natural environment. Mehrdad creates artworks with letters that are underpinned by strong conceptual patterns.