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About Parviz Tanavoli

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.”

Iranian, b. 1937, Tehran, Iran, based in Vancouver, Canada

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Parviz Tanavoli, Davis Museum, Wellesley
2013
Parviz Tanavoli: Rugs, Meem Gallery, Dubai

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Voyage a Travers l'Iran, Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
2016
Iran Art Now!, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf
2016