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Bahman Mohassess

(1931 - 2010) Born in Rasht, northern Iran in 1931, Mohasses is a painter and sculptor as well as a renowned translator of authors such as Italo Calvino, Eugene Ionesco and Jean Genet. He studied at the Department of Fine Arts, Tehran and was trained by the master Habib Mohammad with his friend and colleague Aydin Aghdashloo before traveling to Europe in 1951 to continue his studies at the Art Academy, Rome. In 1963 he travelled to Iran where he staged the play “The Chairs” by Ionesco. He returned to Rome in 1967 where he lived and worked until his death in 2010. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Tehran and Venice biennials, the Goethe Institute and the Talar-e-Qandriz, Tehran. His work is also represented in the collections of museums in Iran and featured in many important private collections worldwide.