Born in Tehran, Iran, Parviz Yashar started painting at the age of twelve. In 1962, at the age of seventeen, he came to the United States in pursuit of continuing his studies. After finishing high school he received his B.A in Commercial Art from Woodbury College. Shortly after, he was accepted to Art Center College of Design with a scholarship from General Motors. Parviz received his B.S. in Industrial Design from Art Center in 1971 and in 1973, he returned to Tehran and worked as an Industrial Designer, Artist, and Sculptor. Simultaneously,
he was a professor at Tehran University, teaching classes in Art and Industrial Design.
Parviz returned to the United States in 1977 and since then he has had the privilege of working with some of the most prestigious clients in the world, including Rolls Royce, British Telecommunications, Rohr Industries, General Foods, Teledyne, and Wedgwood. His designs for Wedgwood are currently in the private museum of Wedgwood in England.
From 1985-1991 Parviz ran his own company in Los Angeles, which designed and manufactured functional art and decorative sculptures.
In addition, he has invented and patented products which have been put on the market. However, his personal art has always remained his greatest passion.
In the last two decades, Parviz’s main focus has rested on his paintings and sculptures, which have been exhibited throughout the United States.
In 2006, Parviz had the great pleasure of meeting Professor of Anthropology at MIT, Michael J. Fischer, who fascinated by Parviz’s Art and ancestry went on to give a seminar on his life and art at Harvard.
Additionally, Michael has written several excerpts on Parviz’s work in his book “Anthropological Futures” and has used the painting
“Exit from Eden” for the front cover.
Michael is also currently collaborating with Parviz to write a book about his art and life. Ultimately, a love of experimentation with different artistic styles has led Parviz to become the greatly versatile artist he is today as he continues to work feverishly from his Southern California studio.
I think of art as an untamable beast breaking out of my mind and soul. The process of creation gives me the ultimate sense of freedom. For me, art is a spiritual experience unlimited to technique and style. Therefore, I refer to my work as a “spiritual journey”. Through this journey, I communicate with myself and my audience to reveal the hidden spirit within each of us and to show its connection to our lives. I have resisted creating in only one style or technique, for it does not give me the freedom I seek to explore myself and the world around me. Experimentation with a variety of materials and methods allows me to invent new avenues for expression. Creation is indeed a journey, which helps me delve into mysteries of life as I strive to create a dialogue with my audience. My work beckons the audience to use their imagination to decipher what the piece means to them and to go on their own journey. My art presents a history of human kind in which the ultimate goal is the freedom of being.