Hossein Zende Roudi (born in 1957, Tehran), who is known as Charles Hossein Zende Roudi outside of Iran, is a contemporary Iranian painter. He is one of the founders of the Saqakhane School and one of the pioneers of calligraphy-painting in Iran using the symbols of traditional Iranian art as well as calligraphy, which has created a new method in visual arts of Iran. He studied in Tehran Academy of Fine Arts and created his first painting while studying at the academy. At the age of twenty-two, he moved to Paris and in 1961 and won a prize at Paris Biennale, received a scholarship and continued to study art. After immigrating and living in France as an avant-garde artist in 1961, he began new experiences and exhibited his collection at Milan Exhibition in Italy.

After graduation, he returned to Iran and exhibited his artworks in Kabood Studio. He is undoubtedly one of the most important figures of Saqakhane School, although in an interview with Tandis newspaper, he denied his relationship with Saqakhane and considers Saqakhane a synonymous with his name. He published an exquisite Quran with colorful designs by “Book Club” publisher in Paris In 1972, which won the “Most Beautiful Book of the Year in the World Book” award from UNESCO. His artworks are kept in several museums around the world.

Museum artworks

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts

Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris

George Pompidou Cultural Center

National Center of Contemporary Art, Paris

British Museum, London

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Aesthetic Research Center of Turin, Italy

Museum of Contemporary Art, Amman, Jordan

Statens Museum, Copenhagen

Museum of Fine Arts, Switzerland

Malmö Cultural Center, Sweden

Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark