Bahman Mohasses was one of the leading and avant-garde artists in the field of visual arts in Iran and one of the first Iranian painters to learn painting in a Western-style which combined it with an Eastern philosophy. He was so avant-garde in creating artworks that for a long time just a few people were able to continue his path. Many consider him influenced by "Picasso" and some even call him the Iranian Picasso; despite the use of Western Modern Age techniques and Concepts in his works, the existence of the Iranian phantom in his works is undeniable. Molasses’s works are the most famous and of course, are of the most expensive works of modern Iranian art.
Bahman Mohasses, painter and sculptor, was born in Rasht on March 1, 1931, and died in Rome in August 2010. He learned painting from Habib Mohammadi in Rasht during his teenage years and then moved to Tehran, where he met Jalil Ziapour in his painting workshop and then joined the "Fighting Rooster" literary and artistic association.
Mohasses went to Italy in 1954 and continued his education at the Academy of Arts in Rome. One of the most important outcomes of his career in Italy was holding numerous exhibitions in Europe and attending the Venice Biennale.
In the early 1960s, he returned to his homeland to present his Western teachings as a new path of art in Iran; However, due to his social status in the late 1960s, he immigrated again and continued to work away from artistic and cultural circles. Mohasses was an artist who preferred isolation and solitude, and this bitter view was obvious in many of his works. The non-flying bird sculptures or the emotionless figures in his "Fifi" collection were all a reflection of his Bitter view.
His works, however, are sold at very good prices in domestic and foreign auctions. For example, at the Sotheby's 20th Century Middle East auction in London in 2018, a figurative work by Bahman Mohasses was hammered for 162,500 pounds and His cactus painting was sold for 100,000 Pounds. The "Minotaur on the Seashore" was also sold at a recent Sotheby's auction in London (2021) for 1 million pounds.
"Death never scares me, and I think it may be the most important thing in life to finish on time," Mohasses said of himself in part of the documentary "Fifi Howls from Happiness." An artist needs to know that the moment of leaving is as important as entering the stage.