Born in 1937 in Tehran, Parviz Tanavoli is one of Iran’s most renowned and successful artists. Parviz studied at the Tehran School of Arts, the Academia di Belle Arti in Carrara and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy. Parviz was one of the founding members of Saqqakhaneh, an artistic movement which began in the early 1960s in Iran. He was the Head of the Sculpting Department at Tehran University until 1979; he was also part of the faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University in St Paul Minnesota. He has now retired from teaching, and lives and works between Vancouver and Tehran.
Parviz has exhibited in numerous museums and art galleries around the world and his works feature in numerous public and private collections, such as permanent collections of major museums including: the British Museum, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; New York University Art Collection; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; Museum of Modern Art, Vienna; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran.