Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Iranian artist, Died at 96

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian was born in December 1922, and died on April 20, 2019; she was an Iranian artist and collected traditional folk art.

She has been, noted as one of the most prominent Iranian artists of the contemporary age, and she is the first artist to achieve an artistic practice that weds the geometric patterns and cut-glass mosaic techniques of her Iranian heritage with the rhythms of modern Western geometric abstraction.


In 2017, the Monir Museum in Tehran, Iran was, opened in her honour.

Monir was born on December 18, 1922, to educate parents in the religious town of Qazvin in north-western Iran.

Monir obtained artistic skills early in childhood, receiving drawing lessons from a tutor and studying postcard depictions of western art.

After studying at the University of Tehran at the Faculty of Fine Art in 1944, Monir then moved to New York via steamer boat, when World War II derailed plans to study art in Paris, France.

In New York, Monir studied at Cornell University, at Parsons The New School for Design, where she majored in fashion illustration, and at the Art Students League.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian passed away at the age of 96.