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Art critic Prof. Dr. Hanns Theodor Flemming

Flemming grew up in an art-loving home. His father, Max Leon Flemming, who came from the Rhineland, was an art patron and art collector. The parents' collection included works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky and Davood Roostaei.

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Prof. Dr. Hanns Theodor Flemming about Davood Roostaei

Davood Roostaei is a painter of unusual intensity of expression, filled with profound inspiration, and at the same time animated by a humane commitment that gives his work a human dimension that has become rare in contemporary art.

He is a “committed” painter for whom painting means life, a universal painter who paints with his heart and soul, a suggestive artist with a strong personal charisma who intuitively developed a very unique image concept. He taught himself his skills as a painter, draftsman and fresco artist by studying the old masters and thereby gained essential insights into the artistic design methods of the Orient and Occident. His artistic personality was shaped by his interaction with the masters of impressionism and post-impressionism. In his artistic development, he developed the surrealistic style of Dali and Margritte in an independent way and thereby created completely new visions, changing his style and his way of painting in a direction with which he broke new painterly territory and created a new art movement.

Davood Roostaei and Prof. Dr. Phil. Hanns Theodor Flemming in Monaco

Davood Roostaei and Prof. Dr. Phil. Cav. Hanns Theodor Flemming in Monaco     

Davood Roostaei and his mentor Prof. Dr. Phil. Hanns Theodor Flemming.

Davood Roostaei and  his mentor Prof. Dr. Phil. Cav. Hanns Theodor Flemming.

The works created since then appear almost abstract and tachistic at first glance, with their vibrant and impasto brushwork and their palette pulsating with glowing fireworks. In contrast to the works of the Tachists and Informalists, however, the pictures are always based on concrete, objective meanings and statements with which the painter strives to illustrate problems of time and transience, the eternal metamorphosis of nature and life, as well as his humane message to all fellow human beings is. To this day, he remains the only painter in the world who painted the important event of reunification that deeply moved him before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The time-critical images with a decidedly crypto-realistic character also include the paraphrases on the topic of glasnost, in which the visionary Davood foresaw the emerging changes in the East even before the collapse there.


I have described this novel and independent concept, the most extraordinary development in art history to date, with the term “cryptorealism”, as a painting of the encrypted expression underlying motifs from the wide range between existential criticism of time and humanism that encompasses humanity, from Western and ancient oriental culture to to visionary outlooks into the future. As a painterly method of visually illustrating life's puzzles and offering solutions, he created “cryptrealism” for his depictions, a globally recognized art movement in art history. He was the first painter to succeed in merging the two poles of contemporary art, realism and abstraction, traditional and contemporary perspectives, into a new, independent whole.

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