About me,

In 1904 when Pablo Picasso moved into the Bateau Lavoir, he said YES, and he was right because 70 years later in Tehran someone was born.

I was born in 1974, half a century after Lenin’s death. I think I was one year old when Akira Kurosawa made Dersu Uzala. I remember clearly one day in the middle of my first year in primary school in 1980, Umberto Eco published The Name of the Rose. Four years later, both of us (Lech Walesa and I) were excited because he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and I was beginning my first day of art school where -as Leonard Cohen said- it was time to begin to draw and paint and paint and draw all again. I started my middle school in 1984 when Milos Forman was working on Amadeus. In 1987 in Moscow, the Chagall exhibition opened, but I had to go to high school. In 1990 when Octavio Paz received his Nobel prize, someone else, who was excited few years ago for the same reason became a president of Poland and I finished the high school. In 1991 during the Gulf War, I went to University of Art & Architecture in Tehran and I received a Master’s Degree in Architecture in 1998, the same year that Renzo Piano’s Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center opened in Noumea. In 1999 I closed my office in Tehran and moved to the United States which I had heard that the art world in Los Angeles was waiting for me, and the mayor of Los Angeles asked me to be there for the new millennium. During all these days (i.e. 37 years after Guernica was painted until the American War in Afghanistan), I am -as Pink Floyed said-eating, sleeping, and drinking wine; besides this, I am also painting, drawing, designing homes.

Farzin Y. Nikravesh Nov.4.2001

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