Nasser Ovissi, ‘Iranian, Born 1934’ “Queen Isabella I of Spain” Oil on Canvas

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Nasser Ovissi, (Iranian, Born 1934) “Queen Isabella I of Spain” oil on canvas painting

Very fine quality painting by Persian Artist Nasser Ovissi who is considered to be known as the “Picasso of Iran”.

A true modern Iranian masterpiece depicting a Queen Isabella I of Spain.

Isabella I (Spanish: Isabel I, 22 April 1451 – 26 November 1504) reigned as Queen of Castile from 1474 until her death. Her marriage to Ferdinand II in 1469 became the basis for the de facto unification of Spain. After a struggle to claim her right to the throne, she reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, and unburdened the kingdom of the enormous debt her brother had left behind. Her reforms and those she made with her husband had an influence that extended well beyond the borders of their united kingdoms. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, ordering conversion or exile of their Muslim and Jewish subjects, and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New World and to the establishment of Spain as the first global power which dominated Europe and much of the world for more than a century.[2] Isabella, granted together with her husband the title “the Catholic” by Pope Alexander VI, was recognized as a Servant of God by Catholic Church in 1974.

Oil on canvas, unframed.

Signed.

Size: 40″ high x 30″ wide

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Nasser Ovissi is an American-Iranian painter whose work is characterized by stylized figures of Arabic women and horses. Set amidst geometric patterns and decorative elements, his figures seem to merge into and out of the space behind them. “My work is dedicated to the beauty of life and I hope those who experience my work will walk away with an experience of beauty.” Born in Tehran, Iran in 1934, Ovissi studied Law and Political Sciences at the University of Tehran before studying Fine art at Beaux Fine Art in Rome. The artist has achieved numerous awards and honors, including being exhibited at the 1959 Paris Biennial and a grand prize at the 1962 Biennale of fine arts of Tehran. Ovissi lives and works in Reston, VA. His works are included in the collections of the Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid and the National Art Gallery of Greece in Athens.

Artist Exhibitions:

1957 Tehran, First Prize
1959 Paris Biennial
1960 Tehran, Exhibition in Farhang Hall, during the International Congress of Music
1961 Exhibition in Bombay, India
New Delhi, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Tehran, Iran, First Prise in Drawing Competition
1962 Tehran Biennial (Abyaz Palace), Grand Prize of the Biennial
Venice, Italy Biennial
1963 Paris, Museum of Modern Art; Exhibition of Iranian Painters
Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil
1964 Tehran Biennial, Grand Prize
1965 Rome, National Museum of Oriental Art
1966 Milan, San Fedele Gallery
1968 Rome: Gallery 88
Florence, International Biennial of Graphic Arts
New York, Columbia University, Modern Iranian Art
Italy, Gold Medal at the Campione International Salon
1969 Zurich, Huber Gallery
1970 Ankara, Fine Arts Gallery
1971 Rome, Temple University
Athens, Fine Arts Salon
New York, Columbia University
Washington, Agra Gallery
1972 Paris, Autumn Salon, Grand Palais
Paris, Guiot Gallery
Ottawa, National Art Center
Ottawa, University of Ottawa
Baltimore, John Hopkins Gallery
Brussels, Palace of Fine Arts
1973 Belgrade, Museum of Modern Art
Monaco, International Art Exhibition (Grand Prize)
1976 Basel, Feriart
1977 Madrid, Bruaugut Gallery
1978 Valence, Artis Gallery
1978 Madrid, Contemporary Art Museum
1979 Caracas, Guipuzcoa Gallery
1981 Washington, D.C., Calvert Collection
1982 Dallas, International Art Exhibition
1983 Houston, Texas, Galeria Arte
1984 Pasadena, Pacific Asia Museum
Washington, D.C., Calvert Collection
Washington, D.C., World Bank
New York, Leila Taghinia-Milani Gallery
1985 Paris (France), Mille et Une Nuits
New York: Taghinia-Milani Gallery
Washington, D.C., Calvert Collection
1986 New York, Mussavi Art Center
Washington D.C., Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown Park
Vancouver (Canada), The Art Circle
Visalia (California), The Art Circle
1987 New York, Art Expo
Cadiz (Spain), Sato Grande
Fairfax (Virginia), Broadway Gallery
1988 Los Angeles, Galeria Arte
Washington, D.C., Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown Park
McLean (Virginia), Abott Gallery
Geneva (Switzerland), Bronz Gallery
1989 New York, Mussavi Art Center
San Francisco, Hourian Art Gallery
1990 Montreal (Canada), Maison d’Art Saint Laurent
Maui (Hawaii), Metropolitan Art Gallery
1991 Montreal (Canada), Maison d’Art Saint Laurent
Austin (Texas), University of Texas Art Gallery
New York, Elaine Benson Gallery
Maui (Hawaii), Metropolitan Gallery
Boca Raton (Florida), Curzon Gallery
1992 Maui (Hawaii), Metropolitan Gallery
New York, Space Gallery
McLean (Virginia), Tower Club
Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Town Center
1993 Cambridge (Massachusetts), Harvard University
Maui (Hawaii), Metropolitan Gallery
Boca Raton (Florida), Curzon Gallery
Washington, DC, Very Special Art Gallery
1994 Tokyo (Japan), Metropolitan Gallery
Maui (Hawaii), Metropolitan Gallery
Osaka (Japan), Metropolitan Gallery
Detriot (Michigan), Michigan University
Montreux (Canada), Aurom Gallery
Boca Raton (Florida), Curzon Gallery
1995 Washington, DC, Designer Art Gallery
1996 Great Exhibition at Art Festival, Kuwait
1997 Montreal (Canada), Maison d’Art Saint Laurent
Tokyo (Japan), Metropolitan Gallery
Maui (Hawaii), Metropolitan Gallery
Osaka (Japan), Metropolitan Gallery
1998 Fez (Morocco), Sufi Music Festival
Los Angeles (California), Exhibition Art Centre
Hawaii, Dole Gallery
1999 London (U.K.), Bourlet Gallery
Montreux (Switzerland), The Oriental Palace
Cyprus, Hilton Hotel Nicosia
2000 Sacramento (California), Sacramento State Library
San Bernardo (California), San Bernardo Art Museum
Bilbao (Spain), Galeria Uranga

2001 Amman (Jordan), National Gallery of Art
Napel (Florida), Visiting Artist Gallery
Nice (France), Original Art Gallery
2002 New York, Nour Foundation
Washington DC, Embassy of Spain
Los Angeles (California)- Persian Cultural Center
Sacramento (California)- Public Library
Los Angeles (California)- Mimi Gallery
2003 Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Cultural Center (UAE)
Dubai, Private Gallery, (UAE), Arta Foundati

2004 Nour Foundation, New York:
2005 Arta Gallery, Toronto Hourian Gallery, San Francisco
2006 Iranian Doctors
Association, San Diego Iranian Cultural Association, Chicago Iranian Cultural Association, New Jersey
2007 Nour Foundation, New York

Awards:

1957- First Prize in Painting Exhibition in Tehran, Iran
1961- First Prize in Drawing Competition in Tehran, Iran
1962- Grand Prize in the Biennale of Fine Arts of Tehran, Iran
1964- Fourth Prize, Biennale of Tehran
1968- Gold Medal, International Exhibitionof Campione, Italy
1974- Grand Prize, Monaco Contemporary Art Exhibition, France

Collections:
In Italy, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, India, Sweden, Canada, Spain, United States of America and Iran

New York Univeristy Art Collection, Abby Grey Collection, New York
National Art Gallery of Athens, Greece
Collection of Farah Pahlavi
Fine Arts Museum of North Carolina
Art Museum of Campione, Italy
Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid, Spain
Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran
Contemporary Art Museum, Kerman, Iran
National Library Art Collection, Madrid, Spain
Contemporary Art Museum, Tehran, Iran
Contemporary Art Museum, Rome, Italy.

DIMENSIONS
H 40 in. x W 30 in.
H 101.6 cm x W 76.2 cm