TEHRAN. (Iranart) – A selection of paintings by and memorabilia of the self-taught Iranian artist Mokarrameh Qanbari will be put on display in an exhibition at CAMA – Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery on Friday.
“The paintings and her personal things have been selected from the Mokarmraeh Qanbari Museum House in the village of Darikandeh near the northern city of Babol,” Mokarrameh’s son, Ali Bolboli, stated in a press release published by the gallery.
The selection includes Mokarrameh’s first painting on a piece of stone as well as her last work before her death.
A model of the room in which Mokarrameh created her works will also be set up at the exhibition.
Qanbari was born Darikandeh, and despite her great talent, she never received any formal training in painting. She accidentally began painting at the age of 63 when she came across some artist’s paints that her son had left at her home.
She continued her painting using bright, original colors inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of her region, and within a few years, her works were being recognized by painters in Iran and overseas.
In 2001, Qanbari was awarded an honorary certificate at the Conference of the Foundation of Iranian Women’s Studies in Stockholm, and was named the year’s exemplary woman.
In addition, she was named the Female Painter of 2001 by the Swedish National Museum. Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Mokhtari has made a documentary film about the life and works of the artist entitled Mokarrameh, Her Memories and Dreams.
She died at the age of 77 on October 24, 2005 and was buried in the courtyard of her home.
The exhibit will be running until April 23, at the gallery located at No. 44, 10th Golestan, Pasdaran St.
Source: Tehran Times