Bahman Panahi


"...that which eludes me is my desire". Rumi

"...that which eludes me is my desire". Rumi

Cardboard, mix Persian traditional ink, self-made writing utensil, 65x50 cm, 2010
Wherever I go I meet you

Wherever I go I meet you

Ink on paperboard 65x50 cm, 2010
There can be no greater madman than I in love

There can be no greater madman than I in love

Ink on paperboard, 65x50 cm, 2010
Wherever I go I meet you

Wherever I go I meet you

Ink on paperboard 65x50 cm, 2010
I am on my guard against you

I am on my guard against you

Ink on paperboard, 65x50 cm, 2010


Bahman  Panahi

Born in 1967 and coming from an educated and artistic family, Bahman Panahi spent his childhood surrounded by music, painting and calligraphy thanks to his brothers“ artistic studies.

He decided to study music and calligraphy which he chose as his profession. Music introduced him to Iranian history, culture, and civilization, whereas calligraphy inoculated him with eternal craving for creativity and Iranian style. The existing relation between the two spheres became a principle source of interest and occupation for him.

Having studied the basics of traditional Iranian music through playing the “sitar”, he dedicated himself to calligraphy and got his graduate diploma from the Association of Iranian Calligraphers, the most prominent centre of calligraphy in Iran. He completed his studies with the greatest masters of calligraphy working in the Association, Gholam Hossein Amirkhani, Abdollah Foradi and Kaboli.

In 1985 he successfully entered the Teheran University, Department of Fine Arts. His academic studies led him to the realm of world art and culture, introducing him to contemporary artistic trends as well.

Meanwhile, apart from the sitar he took up playing the tar and further developed his musical education with such illustrious Iranian folk musicians as Houshang Zarif, Mohamad Reza Lotfi and Ataolah Zahed Shirazi.

In 1990 he formed a traditional Iranian music band called “Voyage”.

Since 1995 he has given group and solo concerts, held exhibitions and workshops on music and calligraphy, as well as organized courses in Iran, France, India, the Maldives, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Syria, Sri Lanka, Tunis, Morocco, Nigeria, Spain, Mauritania, Poland, Cuba, Switzerland, and the USA.

He has lived in France since 2002. After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Valanciennes he continued his post-graduate studies at Sorbonne, Paris. In his research paper “Musicality of Lines and Points” he attempted to trace the existing relations between calligraphy and music through modern art.


2006, PhD in Visual Arts: doctoral candidacy, Sorbonne-Paris (Thesis: “Musicality of Lines and Points”)
2005, Higher Education Diploma (Fine Arts): Sorbonne-Paris
2003, School of Fine Arts: Valenciennes, France
1992, License in Visual Arts: Department of Fine Arts of the Teheran University
1986, Diploma, teacher of calligraphy: “Association of Iranian Calligraphers” institute
1984 —1990 musical education: tar and sitar


Lecturer at conferences, courses, workshops on calligraphy, typography, and graphic design

Universities, departments, schools, cultural centres, associations:
1999 to this day – France, Poland, the Netherlands, and England
1986-1999 – Iran
1998-1999 – the Maldives
1996-1997 – Sri Lanka


Solo exhibitions:

Saint Denis-France, Salon of calligraphy (2008),
Paris, Town Hall of the 15th district (2008),
Paris, Centre of animation (2008),
Clamart-France (2007), Paris (2006), Paris (2003),
The Hagues (2002), Paris (2002), Le Treport —France (2002)
Sami Art Gallery – Teheran (2000),
Barg Art Gallery – Teheran (1998),
Male – the Maldives (1998),
Colombo – Sri Lanka (1995,1996, 1997),
Bahman Art Center – Teheran (1995),

Group exhibitions:

since 1990 to this day – Participation in all shows organized by the Association of Iranian Calligraphers in Iran and some other countries.

2007 to this day – President of Art and Culture Association “Lines and Points”, Paris, France
2005 to this day – Member of the House of Artists – France
1998 – Some selected works are included into a permanent exposition of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran, Iran.
1988 to this day – Graphic applications and drawings – Iran and France


Art Council – UNESCO – Paris
(Melody for the dialogue between civilizations)
2005 — 2007 – Participation with the UNESCO grand orchestra in various concerts. (Melody for the dialogue between civilizations)
1995 to this day – Collective concerts and solo performances
Conferences, concerts, and workshops:
Europe: France, UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland.
Asia: India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Syria, Iran.
Africa: Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria, Mauritania.
North America: USA (New-York)
South America: Cuba


Publications and interviews on calligraphy:

“Traditional art, the area of evolution” (the Siyasat-e Ruz newspaper)
“Love: essence of art work” (the Iran Times newspaper)
“Subjective calligraphy, calligraphy of fingers” (the Meyar magazine),
“Calligraphy is the art of Ordinary man” (the Desathiya art magazine)
“Islamic Calligraphy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (the Tamill newspaper)
“Crystallization of culture in the geometry of letters and words” (the Keyhan newspaper),
“Companion of a bamboo kalam” (the Cheshm Andaz magazine)
“Siah Mashgh: Music of calligraphy” (the Tehran Times newspaper)
“The art of Calligraphy ” (the Island newspaper)
“Roots of civilization” (the Abrar newspaper)
Participant of 13 weekly ТV programs on history and teaching of calligraphy on Iranian television.
Numerous interviews and reports from concerts and exhibitions of Bahman Panahi on national and international TV and radio channels. (JAM E JAM, RFI, VOA, BBC,ZAMANEH, FARDA, SUISSE TV…)

Publications and interviews on music:

“Iranian Traditional Music Instruments: Tar” (the Island newspaper)
“Iranian Traditional Music and place of Instrument called ”Sitar” (Sri-Lanka Radio)
“Iranian attitude towards “piano” and “Violin” (Sri-Lanka Radio)
“Iranian Music Meditation” (The Observer newspaper)
“Music maker from Iran” (The Sunday Times newspaper)
“Interview on traditional Iranian music ”(SLBC Radio)


Farsi, French, English, Arabic (read).