He was laid to rest in the Artists Section of Behesht-e Zahra cemetery.

Derambakhsh died on November 6 due to complications caused by COVID-19.

Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) director Majid Rajabi-Memar, who attended the funeral ceremony, said that Derambakhsh was always ready to help young artists and his death is a great loss for Iran’s art community.

He participated in over 50 individual and group exhibitions in Iran and abroad, according to IRNA.

Born in Shiraz in 1942, Derambakhsh studied fine arts at the College of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran, and published his artworks in well-known local and international newspapers and magazines for more than 58 years.

Derambakhsh won numerous awards at international competitions including the grand prize of the Istanbul competition in 1990, the grand prize at Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun competition in 1998, and the grand prize of a Polish anti-war caricature contest in 2002.

He was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 16th edition of the Image of the Year Celebration in 2019.

In 2014, he was conferred the Chevalier of Arts and Letters at the embassy of France in Iran.

Derambakhsh was the first Iranian artist in the field of visual arts to have ever received this medal which is one of the most prestigious in the realm of arts.   

The works of the prolific artist were exhibited in several galleries and accredited museums in many different countries, such as the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Basel Museum of Caricatures, Hiroshima Museum of Japan, Anti-War Museum of Yugoslavia, the Istanbul Museum of Cartoons, and the Warsaw Museum of Caricatures.

His works were also showcased at the Modern Art Museum and the Nicolas Flamel Gallery in France as well as the Frankfurt Municipality Hall in Germany.

Source: Iran Daily