About me

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Yousef Hosseini

I was born in 1959 in Urmia and moved to Tehran when I was four years old. I started my education in Tehran. I showed such great interest in sports and art since early childhood that I did not see anything else. I was either drawing something or playing with a plastic ball.

Due to the weakness of the educational system in art, our Persian and math teacher was also our art teacher and he usually knew nothing about art and functioned as the supervisor of the drawing class. I remember that in elementary school and middle school, my teacher told me to go to the board and draw something or write a calligraphy model so that other students would follow my model. I gradually started to wonder: who should I learn from? Even from childhood, I had a subconscious sense of teaching which was always with me and made me restless. Later, I recognized this feeling in poetry and literature; it was love. It is the melody coming from everything and what opens to talk… the same thing that unsettles peace and pacifies agitation.

My first triumph was when I was at the first grade of middle school and I achieved the first and second places in calligraphy and drawing in the art competitions held among the districts of Tehran. Our reward was a one-week camping trip to Ramsar. Afterwards, I went to Boys’ Fine Arts High School of Tehran and I achieved the second rank among at least 300 participants of the admission examination. Here, I was indulged in the teachings of my instructors in painting, Asadollahzadeh, Alivandi and Izadpanah, in sculpture, Azar Fahimi and in Iranian painting, Takestani, Mehregan and Farshchian. I graduated from the fine arts high school in 1979 and thereafter, the untouched nature became my everlasting instructor.

 

Summary of Activities

- Judge in the Eighth Persian Miniature Biennial of Iran in 2011;

- Academic activity in drawing and painting, sculpture, pottery, Persian miniature, interior design, carpet motif design from 1975;

- Holding the first painting class under the name of Rad Institute in Tehran in 1978;

- Designing and developing the full series of banknotes of Soviet Azerbaijan at the order of Central Bank of Iran in 1991;

- Holding a painting and interior design gallery named “Persian Art” in Qatar for a period of 2 years from 1993;

- Purchased art works (Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Roodaki Cultural and Artistic Foundation, Museum of Tehran Artistic Center)

- Publication of a finely printed book of Khayam containing works of Persian miniature in four languages including Persian, English, German and French in 2011;

- Submission of articles in various journals in Iran, Qatar and Turkey and doing TV interviews in various channels in Tehran and Toronto TV and radio (Canada).

Resume

- Holder of a First Grade Degree (PhD) from Ministry of Culture and Guidance in 2011;

- Diploma from Tehran Fine Arts High School (painting, sculpture, graphics) in 1979;

- Honorary Diploma from the Fourth Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts in 2011;

- First Grade Medal in Visual Arts Education from Visual Arts Development Center of Ministry of Culture and Guidance in 2011;

- Forty years of open and academic teaching;

- Instructor and Contractor of Carpet Projects in Rasam Arabzadeh Carpet Museum for a period of 2 years from 1997 to 1998;

- Member of the Board of Directors of Iranian Persian Miniature Association in 2011.

 

Judgment Cases

 

- Judge in the Eighth Persian Miniature Biennial of Iran in 2011;

- Member of the Selection Board and Judge in the Ninth National Persian Miniature Biennial of Iran in 2014;

- Member of the Selection Board and Judge in the Fifth Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts in 2012;

- Member of the Selection Board and Judge in the International Festival of Visual Arts at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in 2015;

- Judge of the International Festival of Visual Arts at Artistic Center of Ministry of Guidance for three times;

 - Participation in Istanbul International Congress (Turkey) and Group Persian Miniature Exhibition in Jamal Rashidi Hall as the 6 selected artists Hall as the 6 selected artists lecture titled “Dialogue of Traditional Arts of Nations” in 2003.

Awards and Letters of Appreciation

- The selected artist in the Fifth Persian Miniature Biennial of Iran (received an appreciation plaque, a statuette and 10 pieces of gold coins) in 2002;

- The selected artist in the Seventh Persian Miniature Biennial of Iran (received an appreciation plaque, a statuette and 10 pieces of gold coins) in 2009;

- The selected artist in the Fourth Fajr International Festival of Tehran (received an appreciation plaque and cash prize) in 2011;

- A letter of appreciation f r o m Almaty University and Iranian Consulate in Kazakhstan in 2015;

- A letter of appreciation f r o m the Iranian International Congress and Exhibition in Turkey in 2003.

 

Exhibitions

- Holding two (individual) exhibitions in Qatar in 1994;

- Holding a permanent gallery for a period of 2 years in Qatar in 1995;

- Holding an individual exhibition in Arta Gallery in Toronto (Canada) in 2005;

- Holding an individual gallery with a workshop in Almaty University in Kazakhstan in 2015;

- Participation in the Conference and (Persian Miniature) Exhibition Held for Commemoration of Ferdowsi (Niaravan Palace);

- Holding Persian miniature group exhibitions titled “Open Persian Miniaturists of Iran” in Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran in 2002 and Qazvin, Kashan and Qom;

- Carpet Design (Tehran International Exhibition);

- Participation in Koran Exhibition as an invitee twice in 2005 and 2011;

- Holding more than 50 group and private exhibitions and special exhibition of cultural festivals and biennials.