Artist Spotlight: Parviz Tanavoli

Written By: Nima A.K.

Tanavoli, Parviz. Poet and Nightingale. Design for Rug, 1974.


Parviz Tanavoli was born in 1937 in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives in Vancouver, Canada. He studied sculpture in Milan at the end of 1950s and continued his studies in Minneapolis in the early 1960s. He soon became an important figure in contemporary sculpture; however, his work also includes painting, drawing, weaving, and prints. His art revisits Persian traditions and combines them with modern art. Tanavoli’s main motive is Heecha word meaning “nothing”.


Tanavoli, Parviz. Last Poet of Iran, 1964. Grey Art Gallery.

Parviz Tanavoli, Sanctified, 1978, Chahar Bagh e Bala Street, City of Isfahan Municipal Building, Isfahan.

Tanavoli, Parviz. Heech. 2006. British Museum, London.

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