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Iranian Painter Nami Petgar dies at 63

TEHRAN, Aug. 1 (Mehr News Agency) -- Veteran Iranian painter Nami Petgar passed away in his home in Iranian northern city Noshahr on Thursday as a result of a heart attack. He was 63 years old. Petgar was born in Tehran in 1945 and, like his father and master Ali-Asghar, he chose realism style for his works.

In 1965, he established his own painting and drawing academy in Tehran. In the 1980s, the styles of his landscapes evolved from realism towards more abstract representations and his figurative works diverged towards symbolic interpretations of Oriental models.

Petgar visited Rome, the Vatican, Florence and Paris in 1978 and was influenced by classical and modern European art, but never lost his Persian experiential perspective and identity in his work.

Nami has participated in the internal exhibits and visitors to them warmly received his works.

His funeral procession is due to begin at the Iranian Artists Forum on August 2 and Petgar will be buried in the Behesht-e Sakineh Cemetery located on Karaj-Qazvin Highway.

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