Leyly Matine-Daftary

As part of Fereydoun Ave's Nowruz project
11 Mar to 4 Apr 16


(1936, Tehran-2007, Paris)

She was born in a family with deep political root; however, she always avoided any tumult. Painting from childhood, she went to England to continue her education where she attended Cheltenham Ladies College and later she obtained a Fine Arts degree from the Slade School of Fine Art. Nonetheless, when she came back to Iran she began teaching in Tehran Art University and unpretentiously evaded any publicity. Similar to her life style, calmness, formal simplicity and smoothness can be seen in her paintings too. Except few male portraits including that of her grandfather, Dr. Mohammad Mosaddegh, the subject matter of her paintings were mainly women, fruits, birds and flowers.
Holding exhibitions had never been of her concerns as she herself stated: “I have never had any motivation to show my works, I was just excited in painting.” Gathering these works together is an attempt to make the new generation familiar with some parts of her artistic world.