Mokarrameh Ghanbari

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Mokarrameh Ghanbari
Native name مکرمه قنبری
Born 1928 (1928)
Mazanderan, Iran
Died October 24, 2005(2005-10-24) (aged 77)
Nationality Iran Iranian
Style Outsider art

Mokarrameh Ghanbari (Persian: مکرمه قنبری‎‎, born in 1928 – died October 24, 2005) was a self-taught Iranian painter who won several international art awards.


Mokarrameh was born in the village of Darikandeh between Qaem Shahr and Babol, in Mazanderan, and despite her talent, she never received any formal training in painting.[1]

She began painting at the age of 63 when she came across some artist's paintings which her son had left at her home. She continued her painting using bright, original colors inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings of her neighborhood, and within a few years her works were noticed by painters in Iran and overseas.[2]

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.[3]

Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Mokhtari released in 2002 a documentary film about the life and works of the artist entitled, Mokarrameh, Her Memories and Dreams.[4]

She died at the age of 77 and is buried in the courtyard of her house in Iran.[2][5]


  1. ^ "A lady who never sat idle: Mokarrameh Ghanbari 1928-2005". Payvand. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Mokarrameh's Fantastical Art". Jadid Online. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  3. ^ "The woman painter Memorial Village Dari Kandeh". BBC Persian (in Persian). BBC. 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Mokarrameh, Memories and Dreams". Icarus Films. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  5. ^ "mokarrameh ghanbari, village visionary". Adventure Divas. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

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