TEHRAN, Dec. 2 (Mehr News Agency) -- Italy-based artist Mohsen Vaziri Moqaddam is to be honored on December 14 in Rome, Italy, the Persian service of ISNA announced on Friday. Italian officials will pay tribute to the 82-year-old Iranian painter at the Rome Municipality.
The artist had once said in an interview, "I was born to be an artist. In the very depth of every man, there lies his talent and his fate: a trail of diligence and perseverance. And when I discovered the talent within me, undoubtedly I entered the world of art; I do not regret it now."
Mohsen Vaziri Moqaddam was born on May 26, 1924 in Tehran. In primary school, Mohsen was fond of geography and music courses. He continued his studies at Tehran University's Faculty of Fine Arts.
In 1955, he set off for Italy and enrolled in the Rome Academy of Fine Arts.
His initial years in Italy coincided with the rise of some new nearly identical movements in abstract art such as "Tachisme", "L'Art Informel", and "L'Art Autre".
In 1959, he began working with sand. He actually put his feeling on the sand, and tried to express his own sense of feeling through it.
"There are similarities in the form of works between Vaziri's paintings and those of Jackson Pollack, but he is quite personal in his works," Italian critic Laura Turco Liveri said last summer in Tehran.
In about 1968 he showed a tendency toward sculpture. It was the most significant part of Vaziri's life. His unique sculptural works during this period were unparalleled in Italy. The feeling of touch was transferred to visual lines in his works.
He has held many exhibitions in Italy and Iran, and his most recent exhibitions were held at a gallery in Tehran in spring 2005 and at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 2004.
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