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Mourning the Loss of Iranian Sculpture Master Ali Akbar Sanati

Tehran, 3 April 2006 (CHN) -- Veteran sculptor, Ali Akbar Sanati, pioneer of sculpturing in Iran, passed away yesterday in his home in Tehran.

A stroke left this Iranian eternal figure and master of sculpture almost paralyzed and he lost his speech since 2003. He had been under intensive care at home by a team of physicians since then but he could not recover due to his old age. Sanati was almost 90 years old at the time of his death. According to the announcements, his funeral will be held on 5th of April and his body will be carried from the front of the Islamic Parliament of Iran or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran with the presence of Iranian artists and artistic-cultural figures.

Ali Akbar Sanati was born in Kerman in 1916. He lost his father at an early age and was looked after by a benevolent man. Very soon he discovered that Sanati has a special talent in artistic works and sent the young Ali Akbar to Tehran to receive training at Kamal-ol Molk Art School. He learned sculpture and panting from maestros Hossien Behzad, Abolhassan Sediqi, and Ali Rokhsar and he obtained a master's degree in painting after 12 years of study.

He returned to his hometown where he taught 40 children in a nursery for orphans. He later set up a museum at Tehran's Toup Khaneh Square (currently known as Imam Khomeini Square) and transferred it to the then Red Lion and Sun Society (modern Red Crescent Society). The museum was inaugurated in 1946 with an exhibit which received extensive public welcome. He set up another museum at Hafez Street in Tehran in 1951 to present his own paintings. He then took several of his paintings to a museum he set up in Kerman in 1977. During the US-backed military coup to topple the nationalist government of Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953, his museum in Tehran was ransacked by rioters and some of his sculptures were destroyed. It took two years for Sanati to repair his museum and sculptures.

Former President Mohammad Khatami awarded Ali Akbar Sanati an emblem of merit in art degree for 60 years of meritorious service to the art sector.

Sanati was the symbol of self-reliance who worked for the sake of advancement and sublimity. He has left about 1,000 paintings and 400 sculptures in record of his career.

_________ Picture taken from Iran Daily Newspaper, depicting Master Ali Akbar Sanati and a number of his artworks

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