Parviz Tanavoli
Sculptor
Iran

Born in Tehran, Iran, 1937
Graduated from Tehran School of Arts, 1956

1956:
He worked in marble and attended Academia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. He returned to Tehran in the summer
1957:
Two-man exhibition of drawings and printings, Tehran University
Individual exhibition of metal sculpture in Farhang Hall, Tehran
1958:
Studied sculpture, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, with Marina Marini
Sculpture Prize, Tehran Biennial
Represented in the 29th Venice Biennale
1959:
Graduated from the Brera Accademia di Belle Arti
He participated in Carrara Sculpture Biennale and then he returned to Tehran, working in ceramics.
Individual show in Reza Abbasi Hall, Tehran
Participated in Paris Biennial
Group exhibition in Gallery Re Magi, Milan, Italy
1960:
Individual exhibition of painting and sculpture at Farhang Hall, Tehran
Left to London; continued working in painting and sculpture
Individual exhibition, Iran Club in London
He won the Royal Prize in Painting and Sculpture at second Tehran Biennial. Represented in the 30th Venice Biennale
Return to Tehran; there, he established the "Atelier Kaboud", exhibiting his own works.
He taught at the College of Decorative Arts, Tehran.
Group Exhibition with Iranian artists in New Delhi and Bombay, India
1961:
He founded the Iranian Artists Group, with five Iranian painters.
He met Mrs. Abby Weed Grey, President of the Ben and Abby Grey Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota, at the Group's exhibition, Saderat Bank.
He was invited to Minneapolis College of Arts and Design as an artist.
He organized group exhibition of Iranian artists' works, to be circulated in the USA, sponsored by the Grey Foundation.
1962:
Taught sculpture at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design. One-man exhibition of copper and bronze sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Group exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. One-man exhibition of ceramic sculpture at the K. B. Gallery, Minneapolis. Participated in Comparison 63 at the Musée d'Art
1964 Returned to Iran; began teaching sculpture at Tehran University. Built a foundry and workshop for Tehran University, funded by the Grey Foundation. Participated in the 32nd Venice Biennial. Built a new studio and foundry called the Atelier Bronze.
1963:
He taught sculpture at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design.
Individual exhibition of Copper and Bronze Sculpture, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Group exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Individual exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture, K. B. Gallery, Minneapolis
Participated in Comparison 63 at the Musée d'Art
1964:
He returned to Iran and he began teaching sculpture at Tehran University.
He built a foundry and workshop for Tehran University, funded by the Grey Foundation.
He participated in the 32nd Venice Biennial.
He built a new studio and foundry called the "Atelier Bronze".
1965:
Individual exhibition of Painting and Ceramics, Borqese Gallery, Tehran
1966:
Two-man exhibition, The Rose and The Nightingale, with Monir Farmanfarmaian, Italian Cultural Institute
1967:
Individual exhibition of Copper Sculpture, Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran
He established "Rasht 29", a restaurant and café for artists, with Kamran Diba and Roksana Saba.
He founded "Group 5" with Sepehri, Saidi, Mohases, and Zendeh-roudi, which had its first exhibition in the garden of Goethe Institute, Tehran.
He organized the first exhibition of sculpture by Tehran University students, inaugurated by Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi.
He participated in Shiraz Festival with "Group 5".
1968:
Parviz married with Manijeh Bahmanieh and he moved into the Niavaran studio.
1969:
Two-man exhibition with Karl Schlamminger, Iran-America Society, Tehran
He installed his first contemporary sculpture at Pahlavi University, Shiraz.
1970:
Individual exhibition of bronzes, Iran-America Society, Tehran
First traveling exhibitions of sculpture in Shiraz and Isfahan.
His daughter "Tandis" was born.
1971:
Visiting artist, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
He installed on campus eleven-foot, stainless-steel hitch sculpture
Individual exhibition of bronzes, Martin Gallery, Minneapolis.
He made the bronze gates for the tomb of Reza Shah, in Rey.
His second daughter "Tondar" was born.
1972:
He installed his first outdoor sculpture in Tehran, in front of the "City Theater".
1973:
Individual exhibition of hitch bronzes,Iran-America Society, Tehran
He founded "Tehran Rug Society".
1974:
He wrote catalogue of "Lion Rugs" for traveling exhibition throughout the United States and Canada of his collection of rugs, woven by Qashqai Tribe, the tribes of Fars province in southern Iran.
He participated in 8th International Sculpture Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and he had a lecture on his sculpture.
1975:
He organized the Tehran Rug Society's first exhibition, Tribal Animal Covers in Iran; gave series of lectures in Iran and USA on tribal rugs of Iran
His son "Bardia" was born.
1976:
He installed an outdoor steel sculpture in the new city of Farah-Town, Senegal, donated by Iranian National Television and unveiled by Her Imperial Majesty Farah Pahlavi and Sedar Sengor, President of the Republic of Senegal.
Individual exhibition of bronze sculpture, Iran-America Society, Tehran
He wrote a catalogue with John T. Wertime for traveling exhibition throughout the United States of the Parviz Tanavoli Collection of pre-lslamic to early 20th century Iranian locks.
Professor of Sculpture, Tehran University
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