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IAF to Honor Parviz Kalantari

Parviz KalantariParviz Kalantari

The first death anniversary of Iranian illustrator, author and artist Parviz Kalantari will be held at Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) in Tehran on May 20.

The event is open to the public. Veteran artists will speak about Kalantari’s character and artistic career. They include painter Aydin Aghdashloo, screenwriter and filmmaker Mohammadreza Aslani, translator Gholamreza Emami, musician and composer Mohammad Sarir, graphics expert Akbar Alemi and author Nasser Fakouhi, IRNA reported.

Kalantari was born in 1931 in Zanjan Province. He graduated in painting in 1959 from the school of fine arts, University of Tehran.

He illustrated children’s book and worked as a textbook illustrator of Iranian school books for a while. As a diligent artist for more than six decades, he taught several generations of Iranians his styles and practices in painting and illustrations. His artworks have been exhibited in the UK and the US.

One of the features of his works is the use of indigenous art forms of the nomadic tribes of Iran. He incorporated the patterns woven into the Iranian traditional types of nomad carpets, ‘kilim’ and ‘gabbeh,’ in his artworks.

An illustration of his ‘Iranian City’ hangs in the UN-Habitat headquarters in Nairobi and another of his artworks has been printed as a UN postage stamp.

He was the first director of art education at the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults in Tehran from 1968-1978.


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