Shahab Mousavizadeh

1945, August 24

Shahab Mousavizadeh (Persian: شهاب موسوی زاده; German: Schahab Mussawisade) is born in Shahpur Street, Tehran, Iran.

1949 - 1950

He attends Parvin Kindergarten in Neshat Street, Bastan Crossing, Tehran.

1951 - 1957

He attends the followings primary schools:

Kakh, Ohadi, Alefba, and Ferdowsi.

1953, August 19

Following the nationalisation of Iranian Oil industry in 1951, Iranian coup d'éta. The first democratically elected government is overthrown by the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The formation of a military government in Iran.

1957 - 1960

He attends Hadaf, Kherad and Sahab Secondary Colleges.

1960, April 2

Shahab Mousavizadeh is apprenticed to Maestro Hosein Sheikh (1910 – 1991) who was a highly competent student to the eminent Iranian artist and agitator for an Iranian Constitution, Maestro Kamal-ol-Molk (1847 – 1940).

1960 - 1964

He completes his final years of Secondary College firstly at the Dr. Hushiar Secondary College and then at the Takhte Jamshid (Persepolis) Secondary College.


He starts to study Iran's constitutional revolution (1905-1907) after encouragement from both his father and the elite Iranian engineer, Gholam-Reza Zohari,.

Conscripted to military service and elementary training in agriculture in one of Tehran's military garrisons ( Padgan-e_Salţanatabad ). After four months of the didactic period he is dispatched to the city of Kermanshah and from there to a kurdish village near Gilan-e Gharb County to transfer his agricultural knowledge to the residents of the village. He starts to discover the new face of the disadvantaged people of Iran. At the same time he continues to draw and paint, tending towards a blend of realism, impressionism and surrealism.

Spring of 1967

Shahab Mousavizadeh marries Sorur Farabi.

1967 - 1969

He spends 2 years working for the Ministry of Health as an inspector of factories and other commercial entities.


Enrols in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. He soon encounters the chaos in the faculty caused by Farah Pahlavi's (The Shah of Iran's wife) superficial modernism doctrine. Her brother in law, Mehrdad Pahlbod the Minister for Art and Culture, who also headed the Faculty of Fine Arts likewise advocated this superficial modernism. He and other fellow students complement their study with self learning.


He learns the Tar, a Persian musical instrument, while studying at university. Passionate interest in and study of Iranian history, sociology of art, aesthetics and methodology in arts and realism.


Meets Mostafa Oskui (1924-2005) and Mahin Oskui (1929–2006), who propagated and founded Stanislavski's system of acting in Iranian Theatre.

Meets Mehdi Fathi (1939-2004), the elite Iranian actor.


Continues to study and work on the history of Iran, in particular the constitutional revolution (1905 -1911).


Graduation from Faculty of Fine Arts.

Works with Mahin Oskui as the stage designer and make-up artist for “The Lower Depths”, Maxim Gorki's play.

His first formal exhibition at Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran.

Several trips to Tabriz. Here he discovers and draws buildings and survivors of the constitutional revolution. Meets Sattar-khan's and Heydar Afshar's (two leaders of the constitutional revolution) remaining family members and followers.

1973 - 1978

Exhibitions in Port Abbas County (South Iran), Rasht County (North Iran) and the city of Isfahan.

He studies Iranian Mythology.

Exhibition at the Fine Arts faculty of Tehran University.

Works as the stage designer and make-up artist for “Three Sisters” ( by Anton Chekhov), directed by Mahin Oskui.


Iranian Revolution. The end of military government and monarchy. Formation of Islamic Republic of Iran.

1979 - 1982

He is an acting lecturer at University of Teheran - Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Decorative Arts, lecturing drawing and painting, with particular focus on the colour and composition theory.

Maestro Hosein Sheikh, his first art teacher, visits Shahab Mousavizadeh's exhibition at Takhte Jamshid Hall.

He works on the history of the Constitutional Revolution and his study of Iranian Mythology continues.


Relocation to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Short stay in West Berlin, Braunschweig, Hamburg, Buchholz, Bremen and finally resides in Cologne.

1983 - 1987

Exhibitions in Berlin, Cologne, Bremen, Euskirchen, Moscow, Hannover, London and Frankfurt.

Teaches painting and drawing in his private atelier in Cologne.


He becomes completely blind for 3 months.

Start of therapy in Cologne and Berlin to address his blindness.


Substantial shakeup in form and composition of elements in his painting after partial healing of his eyesight.

Creation of “The Snake” and “My soul still burns”, which demonstrate this new direction.

1988 - 1997

His eyes heal partially.

Private atelier in Bonn.

A number of solo and group exhibitions.

Exhibitions in Bonn, Sittard, Geilenkirchen.

A number of interviews with Germany's public broadcasters.

1997 - 2002

Relocation of atelier to Cologne.

Continues to paint eminent Iranian, including Avicenna, Hafiz, Hallaj, Nima Yushij, etc.

Annual autumn solo exhibitions.


Re-opening of his atelier in Tehran, where he teaches drawing and painting.

2006 - 2011

Blindness in right eye.

Therapy on eyes continues.

Work on eminent Iranian artists: Sadegh Hedayat, Ali-Naqi Vaziri, Qamar-Ol-Moluk Vaziri, Nima Yushij...

A number of exhibitions in Iran.


Relocation of the Cologne atelier to Berliner Strasse. Here he has an atelier, which finally provides him with sufficient daylight but is freezing cold in winter. Light is more important to an artist than warmth!