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Davood Koochaki - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Date 1939 — 2020
Country Iran, Islamic Republic of

Davood Koochaki was born in 1939 in a rice-growing region in northern Iran. His family was very poor and they had to work their landowner’s fields. Koochaki too had to begin to work when he was just seven. He only taught himself to read and write later on. At the age of thirteen, he decided to leave his family for Teheran, where he hoped to make a better life. He was hired to help in a car repair workshop and was trained to work as a mechanic. At the age of 24 he opened his own business. He married the same year and subsequently had four children.

He began to draw a little as a hobby at the age of 40, but it was only after he retired at 60 that he pursued drawing more seriously, producing larger size drawings and using better materials. In this, he was encouraged by his son-in-law, a professional artist. This led to his drawing bolder figures and more striking forms, using a crosshatching-like technique.

Koochaki’s early drawings show his fascination for primitive figures and mysterious creatures. There are prehistoric cave dwellers with often-explicit sexuality. He draws fantastical animals, sometimes mythological, sometimes half-human. Jokingly, he says, “I try to draw beautifully, but this is the way it comes out. Maybe it has to do with my difficult past. I begin to draw a few lines, look at them, and then I see a figure coming that I can draw.”

Thanks to his son-in-law’s connections, he exhibited his works for the first time in Teheran in 2008. Because Koochaki only uses graphite and colour pencils, he is nicknamed “the Pencil Man”.

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13.39 x 18.11 in
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untitled, 2010
27.56 x 39.37 in
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27.56 x 38.98 in
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19.69 x 27.56 in
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19.29 x 27.56 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
19.69 x 27.56 in
Travel memories
Antoine de Galbert collection, musée de Grenoble. From April 27 to July 28, 2019.
Treger Saint-Silvestre Collection, Centro de Arte Oliva, Portugal. From April 13 to September 15, 2019.
Leben in art brut
coll. Hannah Rieger, Bildraum, Vienna. From July 14 to August 16, 2018.
Living in art brut
123 works from the Hannah Rieger Collection, Musuem Krems an der Donau. From September 8 to October 26, 2017.
The Museum of everything
Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. From June 17, 2017 to April 2, 2018.
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Outsider Art Museum
collaboration between Dolhuys, Cordaan and the Hermitage Musuem, Hermitage, Amsterdam. April 23, 2016.
The Museum Of Everything
Kunsthal, Rotterdam. From March 5 to May 22, 2016.
Davood Koochaki
Undercover, at the Gallery in New York City. From September 9 to October 4, 2015.
Art brut live
DOX centre for contemporary art, Praha. From March 27 to August 17, 2015.
Art brut
ABCD Collection / Bruno Decharme, la Maison rouge, Paris. From October 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
Art brut: breaking the boundaries
curator Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal. From June 1 to September 11, 2014.
Drawing Now 2013
Carrousel du louvre, paris. From April 11 to 14, 2013.
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a persian tale, at the gallery. From March 19 to April 20, 2013.
beyond the boundaries season 2012
discoveries and recent acquisitions. From September 8 to October 13, 2012.
Exhibition view of *Davood Koochaki : a persian tale*, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2013 - © ©christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Exhibition view of *Extravaganza*, curator : Antonia Gaeta, Centro de Arte Oliva, João de Madeira, Portugal, 2019 - © ©Centro de Arte Oliva, christian berst — art brut
Press review
Allumez le feu !
Philippe Godin, La Diagonale De L’art. September 11, 2017.
Stéphanie Estournet, Libération. August 21, 2014.
Davood Koochaki, un conte persan
Philippe Godin, ParisART. April 10, 2013.
Davood Koochaki
Philippe Dagen, Le Monde. April 7, 2013.
Devine qui vient exposer ce soir
Philippe Ducat, Oh Cet Echo. September 3, 2012.
abcd / Bruno Decharme collection
Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Carmen and Daniel Klein collection
Hannah Rieger collection
Davood Koochaki

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