KAMRAN DIBA - ARTIST

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY ON KAMRAN DIBA'S ART CAREER

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Kamran Diba - untitled, 1961, oil on canvas, 76 x 127 cm (30-x50-), property-US collection
Untitled, 1961, oil on canvas, 76 x 127 cm (30-x50-), property-US collection

Kamran Diba, Iranian artist, started his career in the U.S.A. in the 1960s. He participated in group exhibitions such as the Corcoran Gallery annuals in Washington D.C. Gallery Realites, (Washington D.C.) showed a one person exhibition of his abstract paintings in 1963.
Kamran Diba - Tapestry 1961
Tapestry, 1961, Oil on Canvas, 118 X182
Collection: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art



Although he painted in the States and adopted abstract expressionism, the Iranian culture and civilization gradually influenced his work. The result was a series of paintings with the composition of Persian illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy. Before returning to Iran he participated in the Tehran and International Biannuals.

His first show in Iran was an installation and audio visual work called "Prodigal Waterman" circa 1966 at the Sayhoun Gallery.

The Zand Gallery (Tehran) represented Diba in the seventies. In addition to his paintings, in 1974 he created a performance or happening involving the opening night public.

Kamran Diba - Green on Blue 1962
Green on Blue, 1962, Oil on Canvas, approximately 118X182
Collection: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Kamran Diba - Walk with Me series 1976
Walk With Me Series, 1976, Size not available
Collection: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
Diver, 1966, oil on canvas, 205x 87 cm, property-Gray collection-L
Diver, 1966, oil on canvas, 205x 87 cm
property-Gray collection-L


Diba, also an architect, founded, designed, and directed the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1970s, which as a result, now owns one of the richest collections of modern and contemporary artworks in the world. Karim Emami in the encyclopedia Iranica refers to him as an art catalyst in the Iranian society of the 1970s.

After the Iranian revolution, Diba painted continuously throughout the eighties and nineties, however, chose not to exhibit the works publicly.

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art


In 2005, his paintings of 1961 was shown in the show, "IRANIAN MODERN ART MOVEMENT" from the collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary of Art.

Diba's works in the early and mid 2000s relate to the collective memory of Iranians. The titles and images are somehow familiar to recent generations of the Iranian people.
Kamran Diba - Land of Persia 2007
Land of Persia, 2007, Oil on Canvas, 40 X 50
Ave Gallery, Tehran
Kamran Diba - Land of Persia 2007
Nakam, 2007, Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Kamran Diba - Silk Road 2008
Silk Road, 2008, Oil on Canvas, 105 x 105

In 2008, he has produced multilingual and multicultural "Global News".
Kamran Diba - Global News series
Global Newspaper- I, 2008
Print on Paper, 70 x 46.60
Kamran Diba - Global News series
Global Newspaper- II, 2008
Print on Paper, 70 x 46.60


He has also created a series of photographic works depicting three decades of war and destruction in the Middle East.

Kamran Diba - Arrival Arrival I, 2008
Digital Photo, 138X103
Edition of five
Kamran Diba - Suspended
Suspended, 2008
Digital Photo, 103X138 & 150X190
Edition of five
Kamran Diba - Too Late
Too Late, 2008
Digital Photo, 60X162
Edition of five
Kamran Diba - GroundedGrounded, 2008
Digital Photo, 138X103
Edition of five

This series of work has been exhibited in Dubai in Ave Gallery and XVA Gallery in 2008 and in the exhibition "Iran Inside Out" in Chelsea Museum, New York in 2009.

The most recent work by Kamran Diba is a series of paintings titled "Front Page" and "Tehran Edition". The "Front Page" is abstracted replica of actual newspaper with actual date. News topics are abstracted in colour codes and images are painted in black and white.
Kamran Diba - Front Page - Zarkosy Assails
Front Page - Sarkozy assails
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Acrylic on canvas, 162x116 cm
Kamran Diba - Front Page - Charm Offensive
Front Page- A Charm Offensive
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Acrylic on canvas, 162x116 cm

"Tehran Edition" is a painted collage of images and texts. The actual text is covered and the pictures in colour are painted to convey a particular narrative.
Kamran Diba - Tehran Edition - Hollywood Icons
Holly wood icons, 2009
Acrylic on Canvas, 130X97
Kamran Diba - Tehran Edition - Soft Touch
Soft touch, 2009
Acrylic on Canvas, 130X97 cm


Kamran Diba presently lives in Europe. He has a private collection of contemporary western art and has participated actively in the contemporary art world in the last thirty years.