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    ABOUT Shakiba 1949


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Hojat Shakiba, born in 1949 in Iran's northern city of gorgan, is today recognized as the unchallenged master of Persian nostalgic paintings.
He was introduced to photography, painting and calligraphy at a very early age working in his father's studio.
His exceptional talent for the arts prompted his working in his father's studio.
His exceptional talent for the arts prompted his father to send him to the boys fine arts academy in Tehran where he spend the next three years studying under master miniaturists like Moghimi Tabrizi and Gholam Hossain Nami.
They in turn encouraged him in 1974 to go to the fine arts faculaty of Tehran university to further develop his skills.
He studied eastern and western art and copied classical woks of Rembrandt and Rubens.
Shakiba's copy of Titian's painting, depicting Christ's body being brought down from the cross, today hangs in the old church of Shapour in Tehran.
During this period, he aalso researched forms, designs and figures of artwork in the Iran Bastan (History) Museum, concentrating on more contemporary art dealing with the qajar era and coffee house paintings.
It was at this juncture of his life that he became a devoted admirer of portraitist Sani-ol-Molk, whose paintings today are also displayed at the Louvre and the British Museum.
The master painter opened new ideas and trends in Persian miniature work, and the influcnce on Shakiba is clearly evident in his paintings today.
Shakiba gained furthre valuable experience when he was commissioned to draw paintings for several films, including that on the the life pf Kamal-ol-Molk, authored by Ali Hatami.
He then returned to the fine Arts Faculty to further study western art,including impressionism, cubism and futurism. His painting, "Bazme–Iran," reflects these influences.
Wile researching these theres schools of art, he also began working for several commercial advertising agencies, eventually choosing sociology as the basis of his work.
His first exhibition was held in Seuhoun Gallery in 1977 in Tehran, where the theme of his work was historical images of Iranians as well as special currency notes, which generated unusual public interest.
One of his paintings shown at this exhibiton today has become a permanent part of Tehran Cntemporary Arts Museum.
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