Parviz Tanavoli

born 1937

Biography

Parviz Tanavoli (born 23 March 1937 in Tehran) is an Iranian sculptor, painter, scholar and art collector. He has lived in Vancouver, Canada since 1989.

Tanavoli's work has been auctioned around the world leading to overall sales of over $6.7 million, making him the most expensive living Iranian artist. Tanavoli is known for his heeches, three dimensional representations of the Persian word for 'nothing', heech. Composed of three Persian characters in the style of nasta'liq. The three letters he, ye and če are combined to produce the word ‘heech’.

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Parviz Tanavoli: 'I was born in a country so rich in art and poetry'

This short film follows contemporary Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli as he visits Britain in preparation for his work being shown ...

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