Parviz Tanavoli
Iranian, born 1937
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Selected exhibitions
Global/Local 1960–2015: Six Artists from Iran,
Grey Art Gallery
Parviz Tanavoli,
Davis Museum
Parviz Tanavoli: Rugs,
Meem Gallery

An artist, collector, scholar, and teacher, Parviz Tanavoli is among the foremost contemporary Iranian artists and a pioneer of modern sculpture. His work—which also includes painting, drawing, weavings, and prints—is infused with his deep knowledge of Iran’s rich visual, craft, religious, and literary heritage. As a founding member of the Saqqakhaneh artistic movement (begun in the 1960s), he merges current secular references with Shi’a religious iconography in his compositions. Among his motifs is “Heech,” a word meaning “nothing.” Of this word and its resonances, Tanavoli has said: “I found there is so much in the Heech, that Heech is not nothing, Heech is something. Then later . . . I realized that there is so much meaning behind it and so many poets . . . have paid attention to this word and have used it and that is how it began.”

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