Born in 1945, Tabriz
Her father was a master textile designer and one of the
first craftsmen to engage in
textile printing in Iran. In 1948, the family moved to
Tehran. During childhood, as she grew more familiar with
her father's work, Pariyoush decided to study art. At the
age of 12, she took part in an art competition in Tehran;
she had the first position in her district and the second
in Tehran. In high school, her talent was recognized by
her art teacher, who encouraged and guided Pariyoush to
enroll in school of art.
Ganji completed her initial formal art education at the
Girl's School of Fine Arts, where she majored in painting
under the guidance of Reza Firouzi and Mahmoud Farshchian,
the famous Iranian miniaturist. In the meantime she learnt
textile design and painting from her father.
On recovering her high school diploma, Pariyoush went to
England to continue her studies. Her contact with London's
art institutions, participation in classes at the St.
Martin's School of Fine Arts and the open atmosphere of
the arts program at the Sir John Cass Art School, broadened
her artistic outlook. Over the following two years, Pariyoush
supported herself by selling her painting and miniatures,
and in 1970 she continued her studies at Chelsea School of
Fine Arts, graduating in 1973. Her thesis, The Safavid
Tiles of Isfahan, was inspired by original Iranian designs
and paintings. For a while, she freelanced selling her
designs to various textile printing factories. In 1974,
she traveled to Germany and was hired as designer for Dura
Tufting GMBH, a major carpet and textile factory in Fulda,
where she was quickly promoted to senior designer. Her
close contact with European expressionist painters in
general and German pioneers' color experiments in
particular, brought fresh inspiration and widened her
artistic skills and technique.
In 1975, Ganji moved to France to enroll in a course at
Ecole de Beaux Art in Paris. What is most notable on her
work in this period is that it captures the kinetic
movement of esoteric arabesque designs of Persian carpets,
inspired by the dancing human form.
After completing her courses in Paris, she returned to
Iran in 1976. She collaborated for a while with Center for
the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.
She also helped curate an exhibition of children's
painting and illustrated a book. It was at this time that
she married and went on to have 2 children. The family
lived abroad for several years.
In 1986, She moved to Iran for good and took up teaching
in a number of art schools and universities in Tehran. In
1997, she was invited to Japan, by Japan Foundation to
research the visual art of Far East and to know how it has
been influenced by Sassanid patterns through the Silk
Pariyoush Ganji lives in Tehran now (2004), creating her
modern works. Most of her paintings are in private
collections and some in museums in the world.
She had numerous individual and group exhibitions at
England, Germany, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kirqizestan, Kuwait,
Saudi Arabi, USA, Uzbekistan and Iran.
Art Professor at
Al-Zahra University, Tehran
Faculty of Art, Textile Design Dept., Art
Faculty of Art & Design, Azad University,
Cultural Heritage Organization, Tehran
Contemporary Drawing in Iran, Contemporary Arts Museum,
Fifth Oman Painting Exhibition, 1999