Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam | Transition N. 6 | 1966 | Oil on cardboard | 71 x 90 cm
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Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam

Mohsen Vaziri Moghaddam b.1924 - 2017 (Iranian, Italian) is acknowledged as a pioneer of Iranian Abstractionism and leading figure in the development of contemporary Iranian art. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. As an educator, his contribution to contemporary Iranian art is unmatched, particularly through his iconic books, Drawing Method and Painting Guide (1981) which have become standard texts. During his lifetime Vaziri was the subject of numerous exhibitions internationally, exhibited extensively at the Venice Biennial and was collected by MOMA NY. He is widely recognized for works spanning 5 decades; from the painterly abstracts of the 1960s to the hard-edged geometry of the sculpted and painted aluminium wall reliefs of his later years. Vaziri’s work is characterised by a restless experimentation of form through materials; deployed in his drawings, sandpaintings, opto-kinetic sculptures and painted aluminium wall reliefs. These seductive works constantly play with the tactile tension between malleable and hard materials, painted versus polished surfaces and the appearance of machine versus man made.