Sohrab Sepehri was a notable Iranian poet and a painter. He was born in October 7, 1928, Kashan, Iran. He is considered to be one of the five most famous Iranian poets who have practiced modern poetry. Other practitioners of this form were Nima Youshij, Ahmad Shamlou, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales, and Forough Farrokhzad. Sepehri was also one of Iran's foremost modernist painters.
Well-versed in Buddhism, mysticism and Western traditions, he mingled the Western concepts with Eastern ones, thereby creating a kind of poetry unsurpassed in the history of Persian literature. To him, new forms were new means to express his thoughts and feelings.
His poetry has been translated into many languages including English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish and Russian. An English translation of his selected poems by Ali Salami appeared in 2003.
Sepehri died in April 21, 1980 in Pars hospital in Tehran of leukemia. His poetries and paintings are full of humanity and concern for human values. He loved nature and refers to it frequently.
The value of Iranian artworks has grown as they gain more exposure and fetch high prices in auctions
30 June, 2018
The London Sotheby’s auction was dedicated to contemporary Middle Eastern art on October 23rd.
23 November, 2017
An untitled work from Sohrab Sepehri’s Tree Trunk series sold for 31 billion rials (over $800,000) at the Tehran Auction Friday evening, breaking a record at the annual sale of national contemporary art.
08 July, 2017