Canterbury, South Island
Mehrdad Tahan is a self-taught portrait artist. He has been painting full-time for 30 years.
At a young age, Mehrdad was influenced by old Dutch masters and has practiced the traditional techniques for many years until he developed a personal style with impressionistic qualities, using oils and charcoal as his preferred mediums, Mehrdad enjoys the fine details and textures in his unique charcoal portraits, by using charcoal sticks, he creates a very delicate, detailed and characteristic portrait true to the likeness of the sitter.
Mehrdad moved to New Zealand in 1990, and his first work was exhibited at the Whitecliffe Art Gallery in Auckland -1991 (group exhibition). In 1991, Mehrdad decided to make Christchurch his home city, where he quickly built a reputation as a highly skilled portrait artist.
His works are presented in private collections in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Iran, Malaysia, UK, France, USA, Canada and New Zealand. Mehrdad has also exhibited his works in Iran, Malaysia, Sweden.