Gholamhossein Babaei was born on 23 August in 1936 in Ghom, Iran. Son of Farajollah Babaei and Sakineh (Khaghani) Nami.
Bachelor, School of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran, 1963. Master of Fine Arts, University Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1980.
Instructor Secondary Schools of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran, 1964-1986. Art. professor School Architect, Science, and Industry, University Tehran, Iran, 1972-1987, School Decorative Arts, Arts University, Tehran, Iran, 1973-1977, School of the Arts and Architecture, Free Islamic University, Tehran, since 1986. Vice chairman visual arts selection committee National Iranian Commission for Unesco, Tehran, 1973-1981.
Acting principal Behzad School of Fine Arts for Girls, Tehran, 1974-1975. Member curriculum development committee for the arts, Ministry of Education, Iran, 1974-1976. Assistant director general for arts Department General of Arts, Education, and Research, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, 1980.
Lecturer Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, University of Toronto, Tehran Art Universities, "Mohandas" Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects.
Certified 1st class artist Iranian Ministry Culture and Islamic Guidance. Recipient first prize Mother's Day Contest and Exhibition, Tehran, 1964, Italian Government fellowship, 5th Tehran Biennial, 1965, Honorary Mention, World Literacy Day Art Contest, Tehran, 1967, first prize World Human Rights Day art contest, Tehran, 1968, French National prize Cagnes Sur Mer Festival, France, 1970, scholarship, Temple University, Philadelphia, 1972, Two gold medals, membership Italian Academy of Arts, 1980, gold medal International Parliament, United States, 1983, Statue of Golden Flame award International Parliament United States, European award with gold medal Academy of Europe, Italy, 1984, Oscar d' Italia award Italian Academy, 1985, Golden Palm of Europe award, Academy of Europe, Italy, 1987.
2006 "The ceremony for naming a gallery as GHOLAMHOSSEIN NAMI" in Iran Artist Organization.
2005 "The Encyclopedia Iranica" awards, Columbia University at Toronto Gala, Canada.
1987 "Golden Palm of Europe" award, Academy of Europe, Italy
1985 "Oscar d'Italia 1985" award, Italian Academy, Italy
1984 "Statue of Golden Flame" award, International Parliament USA
1984 "European Banner of the Arts" award with gold medal, Academy of Europe, Italy
1983 Gold Medal, International Parliament, US.
1972 One-year academic scholarship at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
1970 French National Prize award, "Cagnes-Sur-Mer Festival", France
1968 First Prize "World's Human Rights Day" art contest, Tehran, Iran
1967 Honorable Mention, "World Literacy Day" art contest, Tehran, Iran
1965 Italian Government Fellowship, 5th Tehran Biennial, Tehran, Iran
1964 First Prize "Mother's Day Contest and Exhibition" Tehran, Iran
Activities and Memberships
Art instructor and Professor at the following institutions:
Secondary School of Fine Arts for boys and girls, 1964-1986
Alzahra University, 1968-1975, 1986-1988
School of Architecture and urban planning science and industry University, Tehran, 1972- 1987
School of Decorative Arts (present-day Art University), 1973-1977
Department of Architecture, Vanak institute of technology, 1969-1972
School of Art and Architecture, Azad Islamic University, Tehran, Iran, since 1986
Niavaran Cultural Center, since 1985
Curriculum development officer, Department of Art Education, Ministry of Culture and Arts, 1977-1978
Acting Principal, Behzad Secondary School of Fine Arts for Girls, 1974
Member, Curriculum Development Committee for the Arts, Ministry of Education, 1974-1976
Jury member, the Second National Art and Science Exhibition for Youth, 1977
Vice-chairman, Visual Arts Selection Committee, the National Iranian Commotion for UNESCO, Tehran, Iran, 1973-1982
Assistant Director General for Arts, Department General of Art Education and Research, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, 1980
Chairman of Iranian Painters Society (IPS) 1999-2002
Chairman of the Tehran International Contemporary Drawing Exhibition 1999-2000
Chairman of the Contemporary Drawing in Iran Exhibition, 2001
Member of Iranian Artist's Forum High Council
Jury Member, The 4th Youth’s Visual Arts Exhibition, 2000, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Jury Member, The 5th Iranian Painters Biennial,2000, Tehran, Iran
Member of the Selection Committee, "New Art" Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, 2002, Iran
Member of the Selection Committee “New Art” Exhibition, Tehran University, 2003 Iran
Curator of the Abstract Painting and New Art, “A Spiritual Vision” Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003 Iran
Chairman of Jury Committee for the 11th Asian Art Biennale , 2003 Bangladesh
Lecture in MOHANDES Society (Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects) under the title "The passage from Tradition to Modernism Iranian contemporary paintings " in Toronto-Canada, 2005
A speech and holding 4 session of workshops as planned by Iranian Association at the University of Toronto - Canada , 2005
Senior Visual Arts curator of "Tirgan" Iranian cultural festival, Toronto, Canada 2008
Lecture in the "Tirgan" Iranian Cultural Festival under the title "Language without words" 2008
Chairman of the "Nami Independent Visual Arts Group(NIVAG)" Established in Toronto, Canada 2009
Presenting number of artworks in Christies and Bonhams International art auctions in Dubai, Sold 8 artworks in both auctions.
- 2006 An exhibition for presenting" 40 years of creation in white and 3dimensional art works" on the occasion of the inauguration of the gallery" GHOLAMHOSSEIN NAMI" in Iran Artist Organization.
2003 "A Spiritual Vision" Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran Iran.
2003 The 6th Iranian Painters Biennial, Tehran Iran
2003 Solo Show, Golestan Gallery, Tehran Iran
2002 "Iranian Contemporary Artists" Group Show, Royal Mirage, Dubai
2002 "Iranian Contemporary" Group Show, Christie's, London, England
2001 Contemporary Iranian Artists Group show, Washington D.C, U.S.A National tour, Sep 2001-May 2003
2000 Solo show Juten Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1999 Participates in the First International Drawing Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
1999 Contemporary Iranian Artists Group Show, Rome, Italy
1999 Solo show Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1998 Retrospective show, Fars Gallery, Shiraz, Iran
1996 Retrospective show, "1963-1994" Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1994 Solo show Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1991 Solo show Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1991 First Iranian Biennial Painting Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
1988 Solo Show Karpey Gallery, Tehran Iran
1987 Solo show Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1981 Group show Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
1980 Solo show Fine Arts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
1978 "Modern Iranian Art" International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1977 Solo show Saman Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1976 "Volume and Surface 2" The Group of Independent Artists, Iran-America Society, Tehran, Iran
1976 "Fifty Years of Iranian Art: A Retrospective" Iran American Society, Tehran
1975 "Volume and Surface 1" The Group of Independent Artists, Iran-America Society, Tehran, Iran
1975 "The Blue Show", a Group of Independent Artists, Iran-America Society, Tehran, Iran
1974 "joan Miro International Drawing Festival" Barcelona, Spain
1973 "Iranian Painters" group show Grand Palais, Paris
1972 "Iranian Painters" group show Salon d' Automne, Paris
1970 "Cagnes-Sur-Mer Festival", France
1970 Solo show Iran-America Society, Tehran
1969 "Cagnes-Sur-Mer Festival", France
1968 Solo show Seihun Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1968 "Modern Persian Art" group show, Columbia University, New York City
1967 Solo show Seihun Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1967 Participates in the "5th Paris Biennial"
1966 Participates in the "5th Tehran Biennial"
1964 Participates in the "4th Tehran Biennial"