Mokarrameh Ghanbari

Mokarrameh Ghanbari

Mokarrameh Ghanbari, born in 1928, was a self-taught Iranian painter who won several international art awards, and despite her talent, she never received any formal training in painting. She started painting at the age of 64.

She was forced into a marriage at a young age and never given the opportunity for an education. Before she became a painter Mokarrameh Ghanbari raised nine children, farmed, and worked variously as a healer, seamstress, and makeup artist. One of three wives, by her own account her marriage was an unhappy one
Ghanbari came to painting as a way to express her feelings when her children, concerned about her health, would no longer allow her the farm work and cow herding that she enjoyed. In the agrarian Caspian plains of northern Iran where Ghanbari was born and lived, women often have strong attachments to the cows for which they care. The widowed Ghanbari, then in her early sixties, spent her time caring for the cows that she loved and doing farm work, until she became very ill and had to go to Tehran for medical care. While she was sick in bed, her children, who were concerned about her health, sold the cows in order to reduce her workload. However, their well-meaning act sent her into a depression. Her first painting was a portrait of one of the cows she missed so much.

A friend gave her paper and coloured pencil to express herself, and Ghanbari immediately began to draw obsessively. For four years, she kept her art a secret out of fear of what her neighbours would think. She was an illiterate farmer and a woman; what right did she have to put brush to paper? She painted late at night and hid her work if anyone came into her home, lying about the paint on her hands, but her creative spirit would not be suppressed. Her work found its way onto the walls of her home, her stove, and the backs of discarded wallpaper. When he discovered her new passion, her son brought Ghanbari 50 sheets of paper and she soon covered both sides of them all, making her own paint of natural dyes when she ran out of the store-bought kind. She continued her painting using bright, original colours inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of her neighbourhood, and within a few years her works were noticed by painters in Iran and overseas.

She held her first exhibition at the Seyhun Gallery in Tehran in 1995. The artist also participated in ten other exhibitions and was awarded the jury prize at the Roshd Film Festival and another award at the Rural Artistic-Literary Festival. In 2001, she was awarded an honorary certificate at the Conference of the Foundation of Iranian Women’s Studies in Stockholm, Sweden and was named the year’s exemplary woman.

In addition, she was named the “Female Painter of 2001” by the Swedish National Museum.
Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Mokhtari released in 2002 a documentary film about the life and works of the artist entitled, Mokarrameh, Her Memories and Dreams.
She died at the age of 77, in 2005, and is buried in the courtyard of her house in Iran.
 

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Mokarrameh

Tehran Gallery

Mokarrameh

solo exhibition, 12 April - 23 April

Set up of the Naneh Mokarrameh Room in the CAMA Galley

Set up of the Naneh Mokarrameh Room in the CAMA Galley

According to Titrbartar, the “Mokarrameh” exhibition showcasing personal belongings of Mokarrameh and the first and last painting by this self-taught artist in the CAMA Gallery.

16 April, 2019


Showcase of artworks by Mokkarameh Ghanbari in the CAMA Gallery

Showcase of artworks by Mokkarameh Ghanbari in the CAMA Gallery

According to the Titre-Bartar, the Mokarrameh Ghanbari’s painting exhibition includes the first and last paintings of this self-taught artist will be held on Friday, April 12, at the CAMA Gallery. In this exhibition, 30 works of this self-taught artist will be showcased along with the artist’s personal belongings from the museum of Mokarrameh.

16 April, 2019


Set up of the Naneh Mokarramehs Room in the CAMA Galley

Set up of the Naneh Mokarramehs Room in the CAMA Galley

According to the ISNA and Public Relation of the CAMA Gallery, an exhibition of the museum’s collection by Naneh Mokarrameh, a self-taught painter from Mazandaran province, will be exhibited for the first time on Friday, April 12 at the CAMA Gallery. In this exhibition, 30 works by this self-taught artist will be showcased along with the artist’s personal belongings from Mokarrameh’s museum collection.

16 April, 2019


CAMA Gallery displaying Mokarrameh paintings

CAMA Gallery displaying Mokarrameh paintings

TEHRAN. (HONARONLINE) – A selection of paintings by and memorabilia of the self-taught Iranian artist Mokarrameh Qanbari will be put on display in an exhibition at CAMA – Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery on Friday.

11 April, 2019


The first and last paintings of Naneh Mokarrameh in CAMA Gallery

The first and last paintings of Naneh Mokarrameh in CAMA Gallery

An exhibition of the first and last painting by Mokarrameh Ghanbari, showcasing the personal furniture of Naneh Mokarrameh, a self-taught painter will be held.

09 April, 2019


The exhibition of Naneh Mokarramehs works in the international CAMA Gallery

The exhibition of Naneh Mokarramehs works in the international CAMA Gallery

The international CAMA Galley will hold an exhibition of the only self-taught international artist of Iran, Mokarrameh Ghanbari known as “Naneh Mokarrameh” on April 23.

09 April, 2019


The first and last paintings of Naneh Mokarrameh in the CAMA Gallery

The first and last paintings of Naneh Mokarrameh in the CAMA Gallery

An exhibition of the museum’s collection by Mokarrameh Ghanbari, a self-taught painter from Mazandaran province, will be showcased on Friday, April 12, at the CAMA Gallery.

09 April, 2019