Short Biography: Mahmoud Torabi (Taraneh)

Mahmoud Torabi (Taraneh)

Taraneh is the Persian word for "melody".But although Dr. Mahmoud Torabi, who lives under this pseudonym, is reputed to write so well, his words resemble melodies, he pursued another vocation: Born in Iran in 1939 Torabi moved to Germany in 1963, where, following the completion of his studies in political science, he finally achieved a doctorate on sociology. As a result of his commitment to human rights and democracy, as well as his stance against the Iranian shah-regime, Torabi´s return to his native country was initially refused.

Only in 1979, after the Iranian revolution, he finally made the journey, but still suffered persecution by the newly installed Iranian authorities. Two years later he returned to Germany. While Dr. Torabi studied history of art (although renounced the diploma as he was reluctant "to be titled Dr. Dr.") he earned his living by driving a taxi and began to devote himself completely to art, especially painting.

After a creative period of experimentation and some minor exhibitions, the artist finally faced a decision: "Either I would starve to death or be able to survive completely on my art!" In 1986 Torabi decided to devote himself exclusively to art and moved into his own studio. Since then the artist´s works are well revered even beyond the German borders.

Among many others mainly his works "Living together" (on the occasion of Münster´s 1200th birthday / site Aasee - Münster), "Visions of the conclusion of peace" (theme: the Westphalian Peace / site Ems-See-Park, Warendorf) or the famous "´Bierdeckel´ against xenophobia") found greatest popularity in Germany.

Mahmoud Torabi, who is now working in his studio "Kunstoase" (~"oasis of art"), never tires of speaking out for human rights - above all for the voice of minorities. The artist, whose works are shown inside and outside our country, also demands a profound democratisation of art.

Philip Ritter, Sep 2003

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