Cryptorealism: A Universal Art Form – Davood Roostaei – 2004
Gogh, Rembrandt, Max Ernst, Dali, Picasso, Michelangelo, Raphael and countless other Masters. Roostaei winks at them, places them in the environment of their philosophies, honors, provokes, or willingly disfigures them. Alongside the great painters, Roostaei has also made contextual portraits of great thinkers, such as Freud and Nietzsche, as well as great world religious figures, Jesus, Buddha, Muhamad, Moses. The images and symbols he uses make Roostaeis art ennobling, an art which asks us to be informed, and well versed, in our culture and history.