Nasser Ovissi

Nasser Ovissi

Nasser Ovissi was born in 1934 in Tehran. He graduated from the Law School of Tehran University in 1954 and later continued his artistic education in Rome. For the first time in 1954, he presented two artworks in a group exhibition in Tehran, which won the prize. Two years later, he attended the Biennale of Paris, and his artworks were exhibited in four periods in the Biennial of Tehran too.

Nasser Ovissi won the Grand Prize of Fine Arts in Tehran's 3rd Biennale and won the National Oil Company Award in the 4th Biennial. Ovissi’s artworks have been exhibited in various international biennials such as Biennale Venice, Ceylon and Florence, and numerous individual exhibitions in Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Brussels, Rome, Tehran, Madrid, New York, Paris, London, Zurich, Berlin and more.

Ovissi was a member of Saqqakhaneh art movement and won the Gold Medal and he has International Diploma of Exhibitions (1968) in Italian Campione. His books have been published in Iran, Italy and United States of America. The characters of his artworks are beautiful women from the Iranian female sun, strong and moving horses and bright colours. The background of his works is covered by Iranian and Eastern themes, which is reminiscent of Islamic architecture, and the same role played by women in women's clothing is repeated.

Julio Carlo Argan, a well-known Italian art historian, said about Ovissi paintings: "The Ovissi’s style is like a poetry style, which keeps it hovering between the painting and calligraphy.

Awards:

  • First Prize in Painting Exhibition, Iran, Tehran (1957)
  • First Prize in Drawing Competition, Iran, Tehran (1961)
  • Grand Prize in the Biennale of Fine Arts, Iran, Tehran (1962)
  • Fourth Prize, Biennale, Iran, Tehran (1964)
  • Gold Medal, International Exhibition of Campione, Italy (1968)
  • Grand Prize, Monaco Contemporary Art Exhibition, France (1974)

Collections:

  • In Italy, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, India, Sweden, Canada, Spain, United States of America and Iran.
  • New York University Art Collection, Abby Grey Collection, New York
  • National Art Gallery of Athens, Greece
  • Collection of Farah Pahlavi
  • Fine Arts Museum of North Carolina
  • Art Museum of Campione, Italy
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid, Spain
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Kerman, Iran
  • National Library Art Collection, Madrid, Spain
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Rome, Italy

Exhibitions:

  • First Prize, Iran, Tehran (1957)
  • Biennial, Paris (1959)
  • Exhibition in Farhang Hall, during the International Congress of Music, Iran, Tehran (196)
  • Exhibition in India, Bombay (1961)
  • International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, New Delhi
  • First Prise in Drawing Competition, Iran, Tehran
  • Biennial (Abyaz Palace), Grand Prize of the Biennial, Iran, Tehran (1962)
  • Biennial, Italy, Venice
  • Museum of Modern Art; Exhibition of Iranian Painters, Paris (1963)
  • Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil
  • Biennial, Grand Prize, Iran, Tehran (1964)
  • National Museum of Oriental Art, Italy, Rome (1965)
  • San Fedele Gallery, Italy, Milan (1966)
  • Gallery 88, Italy, Rome (1968)
  • International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Florence
  • Modern Iranian Art, New York, Columbia University
  • Gold Medal at the Campione International Salon, Italy
  • Huber Gallery, Switzerland, Zurich (1969)
  • Fine Arts Gallery, Turkey, Ankara (1970)
  • Temple University, Italy, Rome (1971)
  • Fine Arts Salon, Greece, Athens
  • New York, Columbia University
  • Agra Gallery, Washington
  • Autumn Salon, Grand Palais, Paris (1972)
  • Guiot Gallery, Paris
  • National Art Centre, Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa
  • John Hopkins Gallery, Baltimore
  • Palace of Fine Arts, Brussels
  • Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade (1973)
  • International Art Exhibition (Grand Prize), Monaco
  • Feriart, Basel (1976)
  • Bruaugut Gallery, Madrid (1977)
  • Artis Gallery, Valence (1978)
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid (1978)
  • Guipuzcoa Gallery, Caracas (1979)
  • D.C., Calvert Collection, Washington (1981)
  • International Art Exhibition, Dallas (1982)
  • Galeria Arte, Houston, Texas (1983)
  • Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (1984)
  • D.C., Calvert Collection, Washington
  • D.C., World Bank, Washington
  • Leila Taghinia-Milani Gallery, New York
  • Mille et Une Nuits, France, Paris (1985)
  • Taghinia-Milani Gallery, New York
  • D.C., Calvert Collection, Washington
  • Mussavi Art Centre, New York, (1986)
  • D.C., Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown Park, Washington 
  • The Art Circle, Canada, Vancouver
  • The Art Circle, California, Visalia
  • Art Expo, New York (1987)
  • Sato Grande, Spain, Cadiz
  • Broadway Gallery, Virginia, Fairfax
  • Galeria Arte, USA, Los Angeles (1988)
  • D.C., Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown Park, Washington
  • Abott Gallery, Virginia, McLean
  • Bronz Gallery, Switzerland, Geneva
  • Mussavi Art Centre, New York (1989)
  • Hourian Art Gallery, San Francisco
  • Maison d'Art Saint Laurent, Canada, Montreal (1990)
  •  Metropolitan Art Gallery, Hawaii, Maui
  • Maison d'Art Saint Laurent, Canada, Montreal (1991)
  • University of Texas Art Gallery, Texas, Austin
  • Elaine Benson Gallery, New York
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Hawaii, Maui
  •  Curzon Gallery, Florida, Boca Raton
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Hawaii, Maui (1992)
  • Space Gallery, New York
  • Tower Club, Virginia, McLean
  • Beverly Hills Town Centre, USA, Los Angeles
  • Harvard University, Massachusetts, Cambridge (1993)
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Hawaii, Maui 
  • Curzon Gallery, Florida, Boca Raton
  • DC, Very Special Art Gallery, Washington
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Japan, Tokyo (1994)
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Hawaii, Maui 
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Japan, Osaka
  • Michigan University, Michigan, Detriot 
  • Aurom Gallery, Canada, Montreux 
  •  Curzon Gallery, Florida, Boca Raton
  • DC, Designer Art Gallery, Washington (1995)
  • Great Exhibition at Art Festival, Kuwait (1996)
  • Maison d'Art Saint Laurent, Canada, Montreal (1997)
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Japan, Tokyo
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Hawaii, Maui
  • Metropolitan Gallery, Japan, Osaka
  • Sufi Music Festival, Morocco, Fez (1998)
  •  Exhibition Art Centre, California, Los Angeles
  • Dole Gallery, Hawaii
  • Bourlet Gallery, UK, London (1999)
  • The Oriental Palace, Switzerland, Montreux 
  • Hilton Hotel Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Sacramento State Library, California, Sacramento (2000)
  •  San Bernardo Art Museum, California, San Bernardo
  • Galeria Uranga, Spain, Bilbao
  • National Gallery of Art, Jordan, Amman (2001)
  • Visiting Artist Gallery, Florida, Napel 
  • Original Art Gallery, France, Nice 
  • Nour Foundation, New York (2002)
  • DC, Embassy of Spain, Washington
  • Persian Cultural Centre, California, Los Angeles
  • Public Library, California, Sacramento 
  •  Mimi Gallery, California, Los Angeles
  • Abu Dhabi Cultural Centre (UAE), Abu Dhabi (2003)
  • Private Gallery, (UAE), Arta Foundation, Dubai
  • Nour Foundation, New York (2004)
  • Arta Gallery, Toronto Hourian Gallery, San Francisco (2005)
  • Iranian Doctors Association, San Diego Iranian Cultural (2006)
  • Association, Chicago Iranian Cultural Association, New Jersey
  • Nour Foundation, New York (2007)
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Signed Acrylic on paper 30 x 40 cm

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Signed Acrylic on canvas 50 x 70 cm

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Signed Acrylic on cardboard 55 x 36 cm

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Nasser Ovissi (b. 1934) Untitled

Signed, 2017 Mixed media on canvas 100 x 70 cm

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Nasser Ovissi (b. 1934) Untitled

Signed, 2018 Mixed media on canvas 70 x 44 cm

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

London Gallery

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

group exhibition, 28 November - 01 January

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CAMA Chain

group exhibition, 01 November - 05 November

Iran Hits The London Art Scene

Iran Hits The London Art Scene

CAMA is a brand-new project that’s planning to make a ripple in the London art scene. The gallery’s owners explain to Sophia Akram for The Iranian what visitors can expect.

01 December, 2017