Mostafa Keyhani began his career as a secondary school teacher and has since credited these formative years to his current devotion to the visual arts. Among his mentors is Ruin Pakbaz, a renowned Iranian artist from whom Keyhani learned art history, drawing, perspective, and composition. Having completed his studies, Keyhani spent seven years travelling throughout France, Germany, and Italy developing his unique technique and style.
Keyhani’s style evidences discernible elements of French Impressionism; a feature complimented by his profound appreciation for monumental architecture in Europe. Each of his pieces is characterized by the artist’s attention to warm, vibrant light and the array of colours produced thereof. Keyhani is quoted as saying, “Without proper lighting, the piece would not come to life. To me, the light is the source of vitality and passion. Light in a painting allows the figures to talk to one another, to engage in a visual dance.”
Born in Iran in 1954.
Numerous solo and group exhibitions in Munich, Dusseldorf, Paris, Cannes, as well as throughout the USA and Canada since 1995. His works have been exhibited at the Moaser Museum, Iran since 1996.
Public and private collections in Europe, the United States, and in Canada. His work is also part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Canada as well as the permanent collection of the St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vermont.
U.S.A. Member of the Salmagundi Club, New York; Oil Painters of America (OPA); Tuscan Plein Air Painters Society (TPAPS); Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA); Cincinnati Art Club (CAC).
Since 2001, many awards and recognitions from important organisations across the USA including the Museum of Contemporary Masters of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas; the “Jane Impastalo Award” and the “Joan Hartley SCNY Award” from the Salmagundi Club, New York.
American Art Review Magazine, 1998-2000, 2002, 2003; Art of the West, 2001; South West Art, 2001; Gallery Magazine, 1998
Mostafa Keyhani, Impressions of Life, Published by Canadian Heritage Art Company Inc., 2006.