BAHRAM DABIRI

Fantastic World of Bahram Dabiri
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Bahram Dabiri was born in the city of Shiraz, Iran in the year of the Tiger, 1950, under the sign of Sagittarius, whose symbol, the Centaur with bow and arrow figure greatly in his works. Looking at the reliefs and sculptures on the walls of nearby Persopolis and the splendid inscription of the Naqsheh Rustam Monument, are amongst the artist’s treasured childhood memories. At the age of twelve, without encouragement or tutelage but strictly on his own, Dabiri started his career in what he likes to call “The Paintings”.

In 1966, his family moved from Shiraz to Tehran, the capital of Iran, and one year later he held his first professional exhibition at the Sepid Gallery. In 1970 he was accepted into the Fine Arts Department of Tehran University, and received his undergraduate degree in painting some four years later. Meanwhile he met and married a fellow student, namely Simin Ekrami, who, apart from being a fine sculptress in her own right, gave him stability and security in his home life. Simin and Bahram have a daughter and son who are both at University.

Profile of the Painter’s Works

Upon close examination of Bahram Dabiri’s works to date, his mental and artistic vision can be divided into three more or less well defined periods.

1971-1978 First Period

These works start from his university days and continue for a few years thereafter. At university he was greatly influenced by the works of Bosch and Bruegel, the Elder. They are mostly romantic and surrealistic works paintings with vivid flash colorings, which, at one and the same time, reflect both his dreams and nightmares. The works contain lines and nude bodies, his two obsessions in this period, which kept him working night and day, for long and endless hours.

1979-1983 Second Period

This period coincides with the onset of revolution and turmoil in Iran. Greatly influenced by social emotions, he worked on ‘larger than life’ canvases, in an effort to try to capture the tremendous upheavals occurring around him in Iran. His canvases are full of historic and social messages addressed to the Iranian nation as a whole.

1984-Present Third Period

An energetic and endless quest to continually experience and experiment new materials and techniques, permeates this period. Dabiri finds his spiritual mentor in Pablo Picasso, who becomes his alter ego. The contents of the works include global mythology, elements of Persian historic and artistic heritage, and still-life studies. His quest for wider experience, led him to emulate and enhance the styles of the Shiraz and Manish schools of painting (two accepted methodologies of Iranian painting) in his recent works. During this era he has also turned his hand to the functional arts in an attempt to bring modern art into the ordinary peoples’ homes. His numerous works with ceramics, forged steel, wrought iron, felt and “Gabbeh” rugs, are all examples of this endeavor.

Exhibitions

2021 Group show, "Birds", Soo Contemporary, Tehran

2020 Group show, "Summer's Color ", Shamideh Art Gallery, Tehran

2020 Group show, "Shabtab 8 - Online Viewing", Azad Art Gallery, Tehran

2020 Group show, "Shabtab (7)", Azad Art Gallery, Tehran

2020 Group show, "Editions", Aknoon Gallery, Isfahan

2020 Group show, "Carbafoo - Collection I", Saye Gallery, Tehran

2019 Group show, "Painting and Sculpture Show", Sarv-E Naz Gallery, Shiraz

2019 Group show, "Eye of The City", Sarv-E Naz Gallery, Shiraz

2019 Group show, "Editions", Aria Gallery, Tehran

2019 Group show, "Collector 3", Artibition, Tehran

2018 Solo show, "Painiting Show", Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2018 Solo painting show, Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2018 Group show, "Painting Show", Sohrab, Tehran

2018 Group show, "I Sohrab Sepehri", Dd Museum Gallery, Mazandaran

2018 Group show, "Free Sale", Tarahane Azad Gallery, Tehran

2018 Group show, "6th International Art for Peace Festival", Pardis Mellat, Tehran

2018 Group painting show, Sohrab, Tehran

2013 Summer group painting show by 60 Artists

2012 Show, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran

2010 Sole shows, Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2009 Group show, Hana Gallery, Tehran

2009 Group show, Haft Negah, Tehran

2008 Solo painting show, Atbin Gallery, Tehran

2008 Group show, Tirgan, Toronto, Canada

2007 Sole show, Mekic Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2007 Sole show, Collages and Drawings based on the Saadie’s Poetry, Shirin Gallery, Tehran

2007 Sole show, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2006 Sole shows, Neek House Gallery, Yazd, Iran

2006 Sole show, "A Handful of Dust", Tiles and Vases, Golestan Galley, Tehran

2006 Show, Painting and sculpture by Bahram Dabiri, Simin Ekrami, Ramtin Hotel, Tehran

2005 Painting show, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran

2004 Painting show, "Gol va Morgh", Saadabad Palace, Tehran

2003 Painting show, House of Artists, Tehran

2003 Group show, Bernak Gallery, Bremen, Germany

2003 Group show, "Autumn", Hotel Mirage, Dubai

2002 Painting show, "Bahram’s Classics", Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran

2002 Group show, "Spring", Hotel Mirage, Dubai

2001 Solo painting show, 20 selected works, Marbella Country Club, Marbella, Spain

2001 Sole show, "Bahram Dabiri's Insects (Metamorphosis)", Ave Gallery, Tehran

2001 Sole show, "Bahram Dabiri's Inscriptions", Golestan Gallery, Tehran

2001 Sole show, "25 Leaves from a Lost Book", Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran

2001 Group show, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran

2001 Group show, "Total Arts at the Courtyard", Dubai

2000 Show, Symbolic expression in the Iranian contemporary painting, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran

2000 Group show, Reagan Center, Washington, D.C., USA

2000 Group show, Contemporary Iranian Modern Art, New York

2000 Group show of allegorical themes in Iranian modern paintings, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

2000 Group painting show, Art Expo New York, New York

2000 Group painting show of Iranian artists, Shevchenko Museum, Kiev, Ukraine

1999 Show, Tensil Paintings, Pasargad Gallery, Tehran

1999 Group show, "Total Arts at the Courtyard", Dubai, UAE

1998 Solo stained glass show, Passargad Gallery, Tehran

1998 Solo show, "The Hens and Roosters of Bahram Dabiri", Golestan Gallery, Tehran

1998 Sole shows, "Envelopes", Niavaran Book City, Tehran

1997 Solo show, Works of the Shiraz School, Personal Workshop, Tehran

1997 Commissioned to produce 120 collages and 3 bas-reliefs for Istiqlal Hotel, Tehran

1996 Solo show, Ceramics and Metals, Golestan Gallery, Tehran

1996 Solo calligraphy and drawing show, Personal workshop, Tehran

1996 Sole etchings & drawings Show, Tehran

1996 Show, "Felt Rugs: Second Generation", Golestan Gallery, Tehran

1996 Private show, Etchings & Drawings, Tehran

1996 Group show, Mixed Media: Metal & Ceramic Works, Golestan Gallery, Tehran

1995 Solo show, "Felt Rugs", Golestan Gallery, Tehran

1994 Solo show, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran

1993 Solo show, Arya Gallery, Tehran

1993 Group painting show, Abi Gallery, Babol

1992 Solo show, Personal workshop, Tehran

1992 Solo painting show, 50 Works, Tehran, Iran

1992 Shared show with Hannibal Alkhas, Abi Gallery, Babol, Iran

1992 Group painting show in support of Bosnian Women & Children

1991 Show, "Collages", Golestan Gallery, Tehran

1990 Show, 70 works, Private Viewing, Tehran

1990 Drawing show, "Birds & Looks", Open-Air Show, Darakeh Mountains, Tehran, Iran

1989 Solo show, Personal Workshop, Tehran

1989 Solo show, Pafar Gallery, Tehran

1988 Solo show, Nashr Noghreh, Tehran

1987 Iranian mythological drawings show, Artist's Workshop, Tehran

1986 Solo show, "Figures", Personal workshop, Tehran

1986 Paintings & portraits show, Artist's workshop, Tehran

1985 Solo show, "Curtains", Personal Workshop, Tehran

1985 Mythological studies show, "Paintings & Drawings", Artist’s workshop, Tehran

1984 Solo show, "Still Life", Personal workshop, Tehran

1984 Solo design show, Personal Workshop, Tehran

1984 Landscape studies show, Private workshop, Tehran

1982 Group painting show, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

1981 Show, The Council of Iranian Writers and Artists, Tehran

1981 Group painting show, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

1980 Solo show, Commissioned Works, Mural Painting, Khazaneh Bus Terminal, Tehran

1980 Show, The Council of Iranian Writers and Artists, Tehran

1980 Painting show, Reopening Show, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

1980 Live painting show, "In Front of People", Bagh Ferdows, Tehran

1980 Group show, Iranian Writers & Artists Assembly, Tehran

1980 Group mobile shows in the northern cities of Iran

1979 Show, Tehran Gallery, Iran

1979 Group painting show, Reopening, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

1979 Group live painting show, "Before the Public", Bagh Ferdows, Tehran

1978 Solo painting show, Tehran Gallery, Iran

1977 Solo show, Tehran Gallery, Iran

1977 Shared show with Hannibal Alkhas, Naqsh Gallery, Tehran

1977 Group painting show, Derici Gallery, Shiraz

1977 Group drawing show, Naghsh Gallery, Tehran

1976 Solo painting show, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran

1976 Solo painting show, Goethe Institute, Tehran

1976 Group painting show, Derici Gallery, Shiraz

1976 Group drawing show, Naghsh Gallery, Tehran

1975 Solo shows, Goethe Institute, Tehran

1975 Solo show, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran

1968 Solo painting show, Sepid Gallery, Tehran