Iran, 1939 - 2020
Davood Koochaki was born in a rice-growing region in northern Iran. His family had to work their landowner’s fields and Koochaki had to harvest rice when he was just seven. At the age of thirteen, he left his family for Tehran, where he was trained to work as a mechanic, opened his own business, got married and subsequently had four children. He began to draw a little as a hobby at the age of forty, but it was only after he retired that he pursued drawing more seriously, producing larger size drawings and using better materials. Koochaki’s early drawings show his fascination for primitive figures and mysterious creatures. He draws fantastical animals, sometimes mythological, sometimes half-human, mainly using graphite and colour pencil.