Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam Iranian, 1924-2018


Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam (1924, Tehran, Iran – 2018, Rome, Italy) is acknowledged as a pioneer of Iranian abstractionism and a leading figure in developing contemporary Iranian art. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. He was also an educator, opening the way for many to-be artists to go beyond the limits of established practices. His "Drawing Method and Painting Guide" (1981) is a standard academic text today.

He is widely recognized for works spanning five decades, from the painterly abstracts of the 1960s to the hard-edged geometry of the sculpted and painted aluminum wall reliefs of his later years. Vaziri’s work is characterized by a restless experimentation of form through materials -- deployed in his drawings, sand paintings, opto-kinetic sculptures, and painted aluminum wall reliefs.