Mokarrameh Ghanbari was born in 1928 in Darikandeh
village, Mazandaran Province in the North of Iran.
A self-confessed passion since childhood for
creative patterns and designs, resulted in her
experimenting with mud and clay. Her interest then
extended to bridal make-up for women from nearby
villages. Most fascinating of all, however, is
that she began painting on paper, as she does
today, at the ripe old age of 70.
Unable to read and write, she began painting
without any formal training. She even painted on
the walls, doors and windows of her residence. Her
painting of Imam Reza has found its way into the
houses of many people of Darikandeh village. A
large painting of Imam Reza's Shrine, which is
about 150x100 cm (60x40 in), is kept in a local
Husseinieh, where it is respected and revered by
the local people .
Mokarrameh's first painting exhibition was held in
Seyhoun Art Gallery in 1995, Tehran. She
subsequently held several such exhibition in the
same gallery (1996, 1997. 1998, 2001).
She won the jury's special award at the Roshd Film
Festival along with a special prize of the
art-literature village festival; also she was
chosen as the women of the year 2001 by 12th
International Conference of Iranian Women's
"Mokarrameh - dreams and memories " is
the name of a documentary regarding her life and
works, directed by well-known Iranian director,
Ebrahim Mokhtari. It has been screened at several