Jamshid Samavatian was born in 1938. He comes from the second generation of Iranian modern painters. He studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran, where both figures like Ali Mohammad Heidarianand Mahmoud Javadipur were teaching at the time. Alongside others who became like Aydin Aghdashloo, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Royan Pakbaz and Abbas Kiarostami, have been come from such an educational environment. He is influenced by the traditional arts and wall paintings of the Safavid era of his hometown, Isfahan, creating works that are a reminder of the passage of time and the destruction that has gone on traditional Iranian art. With a unique mastery of all sorts of tools and techniques, he has been struggling to revive past Iranian art with a new look and abstract material. In his semi-figurative paintings, he uses materials such as soil, mud, gypsum, composite, gold and silver sheets, with various methods of patina work, to display tear and cracks. The same use of tools has given him his contemporary character.
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