Reza Derakhshani finished high school with a degree in mathematics in Semnan and studied visual arts at Tehran University and Art Center of California.
He taught visual arts at Tehran University and school of decorative arts before moving to the United States where he adopted the city of New York for two decades.
Reza Derakhshani is also an accomplished musician and has been collaborating with several renowned international musician, poets and performers.
Derakhshani showed his work in Tehran at the Khaneh e Honarmandan in 2002 which was accompanied by a music performance.
The reception for his first appearance after a long period of absence inspired him with more shows in Tehran, followed by exhibition of his large canvases at the Niavaran creation center with two nights of outdoor music performance, Tarrahan Azad gallery, Baran gallery ,Mah Art gallery, Assar art gallery and his large scale Pardeh paintings and two music performances at Tehran Contemporary Art museum, while exhibiting in Europe and the U.S .
Derakhshani`s work has been shown in Tehran, London, Rome, New York, Paris, Geneva, Mexico, Austin, Seattle and Los Angeles among other places and they are in major collections around the world.
He currently lives and works between Tehran, Europe and the U.s .