Davood Koochaki was born in 1939 in Jombeza, near Rasht, in a rice-growing region in Northern Iran. Koochaki had to begin work on the fields at the age of seven. At thirteen he left his family for Teheran, to make a better life for himself. He became a car body repairer. He began to draw as a hobby at the age of forty, but only after his retirement at sixty he pursued drawing more seriously. He is nicknamed ‘the Pencil Man’.
Text by kind permission 'De Stadshof Collection, Netherlands'
Koochaki's outsider art was recently featured in an article in Raw Vision magazine, his work will be exhibited in a major show this winter at the Orleans House Gallery: 'A Discerning Eye'.