The Most Famous

PAINTERS from Iran

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This page contains a list of the greatest Painters. The pantheon dataset contains 1,421 Painters, 4 of which were born in Iran. This makes Iran the birth place of the 35th most number of Painters behind Belarus and Latvia.

Top 5

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Painters of all time. This list of famous Painters is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Reza Abbasi (1565 - 1635)

With an HPI of 55.33, Reza Abbasi is the most famous Painter.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages on wikipedia.

Reza Abbasi, Riza yi-Abbasi or Reza-e Abbasi, رضا عباسی in Persian, usually Reza Abbasi also Aqa Reza (see below) or Āqā Riżā Kāshānī (c. 1565 – 1635) was the leading Persian miniaturist of the Isfahan School during the later Safavid period, spending most of his career working for Shah Abbas I. He is considered to be the last great master of the Persian miniature, best known for his single miniatures for muraqqa or albums, especially single figures of beautiful youths.

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2. Kamal-ol-molk (1848 - 1940)

With an HPI of 49.68, Kamal-ol-molk is the 2nd most famous Painter.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Mohammad Ghaffari (Persian: محمد غفاری), better known as Kamal-ol-Molk (کمال‌المُلک), was an Iranian painter and part of the Ghaffari family in Kashan.

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3. Guity Novin (1944 - )

With an HPI of 42.64, Guity Novin is the 3rd most famous Painter.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Guity Novin (née Navran; born 1944) is an Iranian-born Canadian artist, known as a figurative painter and graphic designer. She classifies her work as "transpressionism" (trans- and impressionism), a term coined by Novin in the 1990s. Her works are in private and public collections worldwide. Novin has served on a UNESCO national committee of artists.

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4. Abd al-Samad (1500 - 1593)

With an HPI of 40.51, Abd al-Samad is the 4th most famous Painter.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

'Abd al-Samad or Khwaja Abdus Samad was a 16th-century painter of Persian miniatures who moved to India and became one of the founding masters of the Mughal miniature tradition, and later the holder of a number of senior administrative roles. Samad's career under the Mughals, from about 1550 to 1595, is relatively well documented, and a number of paintings are attributed to him from this period. From about 1572 he headed the imperial workshop of the Emperor Akbar and "it was under his guidance that Mughal style came to maturity". It has recently been contended by a leading specialist, Barbara Brend, that Samad is the same person as Mirza Ali, a Persian artist whose documented career seems to end at the same time as Abd al-Samad appears working for the Mughals.

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5. Ali Divandari (1957 - )

With an HPI of 38.80, Ali Divandari is the 5th most famous Painter.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Ali Divandari (Persian: علی دیواندری; also Romanized as Alī Divāndarī, Persian pronunciation: [æliː diːvɒːndæriː]; Born 6 September 1957 in Sabzevar) is an Iranian cartoonist, painter, graphic designer, sculptor and journalist.

Pantheon has 5 people classified as painters born between 1500 and 1957. Of these 5, 2 (40.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living painters include Guity Novin and Ali Divandari. The most famous deceased painters include Reza Abbasi, Kamal-ol-molk, and Abd al-Samad. As of April 2022, 1 new painters have been added to Pantheon including Abd al-Samad.

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