Attended by the Sanati family and a number of artists and sculptors, the ceremony was organized to reopen the Sanati Museum after 10 years, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.

Speaking at the ceremony, cultural activist Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, who is also a member of the Tehran City Council, proposed to reestablish the Red Crescent artists’ community and help gather the artists in the Sanati Museum.

“There are many distinguished artists who can convert the Sanati Museum into an art and cultural hub,” he said.

Secretary General of Red Crescent Society of Iran also speaking at the ceremony called the active participation of the artists a good opportunity and said that Sanati spent all his life on art voluntarily with no materialistic intention.

Born in 1916 in Kerman, Sanati lost his father at an early age and his mother was forced to send him to an orphanage. His talent for painting was evident in childhood, and the director of the orphanage sent him to Tehran to continue his studies.

Veteran sculptor Hamid Shans also talked about Sanati and his good morals.

“One can still witness in this place the calm movement of the master’s hands, which he put on the head of a little child to create its hair,”Shans said.

“He decided to narrate the words and feelings of the oppressed people through his art. His works focus on people and their daily lives. He depicts morality and affliction of people in his works. His works reflect the new generation,” Shans said.

“The childhood of master Sanati coincided with the final years of the Qajar dynasty when the society was trying to achieve modernity. The master grew up in the desert region of Kerman where he experienced poverty but grew up as a hard-working man. In the orphanage, he learned that there was a means through which he could express his feelings in order to fight and achieve victory,” he added.

Sanati studied at the Kamalolmolk School where he learned painting with master painters Abolhassan Sediqi, Ali-Mohammad Heydarian, Hossein Khan Sheikhi and Ali Rokhsar. Sanati died on April 2, 2006 at the age of 90.

Creations by Sanati consist of over 1000 paintings and 400 sculptures, some of which are kept in Tehran and some remain in Kerman. Two museums are named after Sanati, the Red Crescent Museum in Tehran and the Sanati Museum in Kerman.

Source: Tehran Times