Wahed Khakdan was born in 1950 in Iran. His father was a prominent film and theatre stage designer. As early as two years old, Wahed became fascinated with painting material. Frequently visiting cinematic sites designed by his father, he was mesmerized by accessories, furniture, trees, etc. An attic room in the house, always full of old objects, like statues, toys, suitcases became his secret source of inspiration which still haunts him and constitutes his major subject matter. He later studied art at Art School and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tehran.