Mir Abdolrez Daryabeigi
Mir Abdolreza Daryabeigi
|Died||October 1, 2012 (aged 82)|
Nogent Sur Marne, France
Daryabeigi was born in Rasht in northern Iran in 1930. He studied and attained bachelor's degrees in both World History and Geography from Tehran University. After receiving his degrees he studied the composition and techniques of art at the studios of both Marcos Grigorian and Ali Azargin.
He first exhibited his work in 1960, and receiving a special mention in a 1968 exhibition organised by UNESCO. Years later he took a further degree, in lithography, at the University of Salzburg in Austria.
In 1975, Daryabeigi joined a group of artists who called themselves "The group of independent artists". The group developed the foundation that would define techniques and styles to be practiced in Iranian art for future generations to come. The group consisted of Marcos Grigorian, Morteza Momayez, Ḡolām-Ḥosayn Nāmi, Massoud Arabshahi, Faramarz Pilaram, and Sirāk Malkoniān. The group held several significant exhibitions for the next four years, including Ābi (Blue) and Gonj o gostareh (Volume and environment).
In 1979, Daryabeigi moved to Paris, then in 1986, moved to Nogent-sur-Marne on the outskirts of Paris. He continued to live and create art in France until his death in 2012. Daryabiegi had many solo exhibitions, and also exhibited his art at celebrated and respected international galleries
The bare canvases he exhibited in the Salon d'Automne in Paris in 1973 show the vast spaces of his native Iran, and the beauty of the infinite landscapes.
His cold pale landscapes, almost abstracts, as exhibited in the Maison Nationale in 2012, are well suited to the quiet places they portray.
In 1962, Daryabeigi opened his first gallery, in Tehran. He named the gallery MESS, the Persian word for copper. This was one of the first independent art galleries in Iran to deal specifically with visual and graphic art. Alongside his own work, which was kept on permanent display, Daryabeigi regularly presented the work of other Iranian painters from a variety of different artistic backgrounds. By introducing these artists to the public, the MESS Gallery, under Mr. Daryabeigi's leadership, was considered as representing the country's contemporary art at the time, and encouraged the next generation of abstract Iranian painters.
He opened his first gallery in France in Nogent-sur-Marne, soon after moving there in 1986.