Amir Shahab Razavian was born in 1965, in Hamedan. He is a filmmaker. He obtained his degree in film directing from College of Theatre and Cinema of Art University in 1990. From the same College, he received his post-graduate degree in animation in 1995.
Making more than 40 short movies, documentaries, animation and directing 7 featured films called The Journey of the Grey Men (2000), Tehran, 7:00 AM (2003), Colors of Memory (2008), Granny and Summer (2009), The Day Mina Was Lost (2011), Time Travel (2013) and A Romantic Robbery (2015) are the results of his work in cinema. In addition to directing, Razavian Writes, photographs, and sometimes draws. Razavian says that he learned this style of drawing from kids and he is unable to paint in any other method. He has no claim to drawing and colour, but only to the subjects, he likes and sometimes part of his dreams and memories. He paints and uses compositions of his own. In short, he paints as much as he can and prefers to paint quietly for leisure and in other words, to make films between his paintings.
“In the year of 1971, in primary school, Ms Taefi was our painting teacher. The first days of school and the teacher was our Goddess. Ms Taefi drew an umbrella on a chalkboard with plaster and told us to paint it on our painting notebook. I drew an umbrella and had extra time, so I drew a man under the umbrella who was holding it and walking down it. After finishing the painting, I was worried that I might have made a mistake and the teacher might scold me, but unlike my expectation, Ms Taefi held my painting up and encouraged me for being creative and adding something to the original draw. For me, as a seven-year-old boy, the incitement of my teacher was something like the award of the Fajr Film Festival. From that day on, I thought I was a painter, and to this day, when I pencil on paper, I have a good sense of painting, even though I am not a painter”.
“In 1973, I was in third grade in primary school where at night, Mrs Atefi would tell stories to the kids on a national television network. I used to remember every story at night, and the next day I would write and illustrate each story in a notebook I had. As I got older, I drew twisted pictures of teachers at school and showed them to my classmates. The white border above of my notebook was always full of small paintings. The beginning of my teenagerhood was coincidence with revolution. I took a short-term drawing and painting class, and as I entered the College of Cinema and Theater, I passed several drawing courses. After that, I studied animation, and during those same years, I was painting with my nephews and other kids and finding out about the freestyle of children’s painting. Gradually I began to paint with the teachings I had from children and came up with a little better form that I have been practising for about 35 years. Sometimes cinema and filmmaking have allowed me to paint in the way I have learned”.
Other activities in the field of painting
He first represented two paintings in September 1996 at a group exhibition of artists at the Stuttgart Gallery in Cologne. In March 1997 one of his paintings was printed as a poster for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Netherland. Four printed postcards from his paintings in 1997, a printed collection of his stories and drawings in the Traveler Storybook in 2013, participation in a group exhibition at the World Art Galleries in Iran, at the Museum of the Qasr Prison in 2014, and design and implementation the poster of the 23rd Hamedan International Youth Film Festival in 2015 are other activities of him in painting.
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