Name: Mohsen Vaziri MoghaddamAbout:

Mohsen Vaziri May 26, 1924 – 7 September 2018, also known as Muhsen Vaziri-Muqaddam was an Iranian painter and a professor of art, who has been described as the “pioneer of modern Iranian abstraction.

Mohsen Vaziri was born in Tehran on 27th July 1924.

In 1943 having first studied for the diploma of the Agricultural Institute, he enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran, attending for three years. At the same time he worked as an illustrator of books of folk tales.

In 1952 he held his first solo exhibition at the Iran-America Society of Tehran. In the mid 1950’s he moved to Rome and graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in 1958. In April 1956 Vasiri opened his first Italian exhibition, showing his figurative paintings at the Galleria d’arte Portonovo in Rome.

In his chosen field, whether directed to painting or sculpture, a constant and essential theme is that of space, which has brought him results much appreciated by critics (Argan, Moravia, Bevilacqua, Menna, Pensabene) and recognition by the City of Rome (1958) and from Prime Minister Segni (Concorso Internazionale di Arte, Ravenna 1959) and the Senate Gold Medal (Sassoferrato 1962).

His works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions in Italy (Rome, Milan, Florence), Germany (Dusseldorf, Munich), and Iran, at the Venice Biennial (1956, 1958, 1960, 1962), at the Tehran Biennial (1960, 1962 ), at the Rome Quadriennale (1960), at the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil (1962), at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1964) and at the Shiraz Art Festival, Iran (1969).

He lived and worked in Rome until 1964 when at height of his artistic career, coinciding with the aquisition of one of his paintings by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, he returned to Iran where he taught both at the Faculty of Decorative Arts and the Faculty of Fine Arts until 1979.

In 1981 he published the first volume of ‘Method of Painting’ which remains the ‘bible of art’ in Iran, still the prefered text in Iranian schools and which has been reprinted over ten times.

In 1999 his translation of W. Hahtmann’s ‘The Thought and Work of Paul Klee’ was published. In 2000 he renewed his contacts with Iranian universities and participated in numerous conferences. In 2001 the second volume of ‘Method of Painting’ was published.

In May 2004 he held an exhibition in Tehran near the Museum of Contemporary Art together with Gerhard Richter and on this occasion he was recognized as the finest Iranian artists of the century.

In 2013 one of his sculptures (Forms in Movement) was shown at the Asia Society Museum of New York in the exhibition ‘Iran Modern’. The same sculpture was also shown at the exhibition of contemporary art ‘Artevida Corpo’ Fundação Casa França-Brasil in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil in the summer of 2014.

from “fondazionevaziri” website