Azadeh Razaghdoost : Recipe for a Poem Born in 1979 in Tehran, Azadeh Razaghdoost is a contemporary Iranian painter with instantly recognisable paintings which comes with distinctive use of colour red. Her first solo exhibition with 15 recent paintings will take place at the Sophia Contemporary Gallery between 24 November 2016 – 10 February 2017 Razaghdoost has studied at the Academy of Fine Art and at the Art University of Tehran. She is a member of Badaneh Group, Iranian Society of Painters, and the Visual Arts Society of Iran. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Vallpalou Foundation, Lleida, Spain. She has exhibited widely in Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Her work tries to identify the space of art as a place for accidental chaos, reflected by the prominent use of colour red which she associates with love, passion and blood. Her inspiration comes from, as she describes, the poets such as Charles Baudelaire and William Blake and Ingeborg Bachmann which adds an additional poetic characteristic to her paintings. Razaghdoost uses pencil and oil on canvas to “express her feminine dilemmas and frustrations” She currently lives and works in Karaj, a large neighbouring city about 20km west of Tehran.