Pariyoush Ganji, the Iranian contemporary painter, was born in 1945 in Tabriz, Iran, into an immigrant family. She traveled to England, Germany, and France to study painting and graduated from St Martin’s College, Chelsea School of Fine Arts, and Paris Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She returned to Iran in 1976 and since then she has been teaching textile design and print alongside her extensive career of painting.

The main themes of Ganji’s paintings are natural elements such as flowers, rivers, and trees, drawn in an abstract and expressive manner, communicating her strong, passionate feelings and the power of love for life. Her personal account of hope and human emotions are expressed in a most unique language. She usually focuses on a specific and limited range of colors in each series-such as white, purple, or blue- and examines the possibilities of that spectrum in his abstract works.

n 1995, Pariyoush Ganji traveled to Japan to conduct research on the Iranian Sassanid motifs traveling through the Silk Road to East Asia, and artworks with Sassanid motifs in the major museums in Japan. During this period, he learned the technique of ink-wash painting (or sumi-e) from Japanese masters, which has been considerably influential in his painting career ever since. Ganji has been a cultural advisor to the Japan Foundation in Iran for six years and has been the curator of the Japan-Iran Contemporary Art Exhibition in Tokyo and Tehran (Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art). He is also the cultural representative of the Japan Foundation in Iran.

Pariyoush Ganji’s paintings have been exhibited at numerous exhibitions around the world and are preserved in major collections in Japan, America, and the United Kingdom. In 2008, he received the Japanese Order of Rising Sun.

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