About Professor of Calligraphy

    I was born in a middle income family in the city of Tabriz in 1947. I spent my childhood in ‘Ravasan’; a beautiful and green village near Tabriz. My father was a carpet weaver and dyer and I was acquainted with the color and pattern and form of Iranian carpets. Undoubtedly, living in such a context and being surrounded by family and people who had a simple life but were rich in knowledge had a profound effect on me. During my youth, I studied in the carpet weaving factory and designed carpet patterns with utmost love and enthusiasm.    

    Upon graduation, I moved to, and started working in Tehran. But my mind and spirit were in constant quest for art; as if I couldn’t find my true self anywhere but in the domain of art. A few years later, I found my way into Iran Calligraphers Association, and learnt from Professors Keykhosro Khoroush, Ali Rahjiri, Abdullah Foradi, and Mohammad Heidari. With great courage and enthusiasm and many sleepless nights, I graduated from Iran Calligraphers Association in two years, and started teaching in the third year. From the beginning, I was interested in calligraphic writing, and started to write besides teaching. Writing many books of Iranian poets in calligraphic format, which were also published, drove me closer to the poets of my homeland. From amongst my many calligraphic writings, I can point to the Divan of Hafez, the Poetry Collection of Parvin Etesami, Rooh-Al-Arvah (Spirit of Spirits) of Sheikh Ahmad Samaani, Golshan-e-Raz (Rose Garden of Secrets) of Sheikh Mahmoud Shabestari, the collection of Attar of Nishapur (including Mantiq-al-Teyr (conference of birds), Elahi Name (the letter of Divine), Pand Name (Letter of advices), Nozhat Al-Hobab  (The happiness of Bubbles), Bayan-al-Ershad (The order of guidance), and Si-Fast (Thirty Chapters)), the Ruba’iyar (Quatrains) of Khayyam, the Couplets of Baba Tahir, the Eternal Flowers of Rahi Maoyyeri, the Baharistan of Jami, and the Bijan and Manijeh of Ferdosi. But my enthusiasm was not me limited to calligraphy, and I started to have contributions to painting, music, and ancient plate writings as well.

    In 1988, I held my first personal exhibition which was widely acclaimed and positively received from the professors and calligraphers. I also held several other exhibitions with my students which was a sign of their correct education and development. Many masters emerged from amongst my students. I dedicated some of my artworks to the United Nations denouncing the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and received a plate of appreciation from the UN. In 2006, I received the certificate of full professorship and first degree of art and became a member of the Institute of Veteran Artists in 2011.

    Besides teaching at the Iran Calligraphers Association, I also taught at the College of Bahonar and Iran University of Science and Technology, and have been a member of the high art council of the conservatory of beautiful arts for 12 years. At this conservatory, I had the honor to restore about 430 decaying artworks in the visual arts sector. This collection was displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Tehran and also Tehran House of Culture. I continue to create art, write calligraphy, and teach.

    Art is one of the most beautiful languages amongst the nations of the World; a language that goes beyond borders, color, and race. In a corner of this planet, I have always tried to interact and respect human dignity and values. My love for all free and conscious people is my fuel to write and to create art. I believe that nothing except culture and literature could bring people together, and that art is a vast ocean with no ends.


    Davoud Ravasani
    Fall of 2018




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