As most people nowadays, I found Hossein on Instagram through a dear friend who pointed him out to me. I was immediately drawn to the intensity he portrayed in his feed and as I scrolled down, I realized that this was more than just a hot guy, He was a Contemporary Artist with conviction and a story to tell. I reached out to him and we set a date to meet and discuss his life, his art and of course, guys.
Hossein is not someone you take lightly. From the moment you see him, he commands the room with his presence and then, upon meeting him, he proceeds to disarm you with his generosity and exquisite manners. He is direct, charming and detests façades… my kind of guy.
Hossein Edalatkhah was born in Tehran, Iran where he lived and worked until 2010. At that time, he was forced to leave Iran because of his art, which combines Social, Political, Historical, Sexual, and Religious themes. In his work, traditional Persian symbols, materials, and figures, often melt into each other in phallic forms, and symbolize the cultural “erection“ the artist is concerned with. The phallic obsession in Edalatkhah’s works serves as a critique of the means of representation and meaning- construction of its object of criticism.
His unique portrayal of queer symbols, feminism, and his objection to male dominance in society can be found throughout his paintings. As an out gay man, he cannot safely return to Iran under the current regime. His work continues to evolve as the work of most great artists does. But his queer vision and relentless conviction are unwavering.
WOLFY is proud to feature Hossein Edalatkhah and his work in our Artist Spotlight. The work we’ve chosen to feature is the very same work that caused his exile. We celebrate his art, his truth and his constant evolution.
Hossein now lives and works in New York.