TEHRAN (MNA) -- A retrospective of Iranian painter Hannibal Alkhas’s works opened on Friday at the Homa Gallery in Tehran.
“The display focuses on my works created during the past 20 years. Man and his various characteristics were the major theme of my works in this period of time. In fact, I didn’t limit myself to the physical shape of man,” Alkhas told Mehr.
“I never worked in a purely abstract style, but with alternation in the style and other methods I tried to enjoy my innovative styles,” he added.
“The retrospective has put on display the works that are of my interest, yet, I wouldn’t like to sell them,” Alkhas noted.
The son of Assyrian writer Rabi Adai Alkhas, Hannibal was born in 1930 in Kermanshah, Iran, and spent his childhood and teenage years in Kermanshah, Ahwaz, and Tehran.
In 1951, Hannibal moved to the United States, where he studied philosophy for three years at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
From 1953 to 1959, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned bachelor and master’s degrees in fine art.
In 1959, after the death of his father, Hannibal returned to Iran. He taught at the Tehran School of Fine Arts for nearly four years. During that time, he also established the successful Gilgamesh Gallery, the first modern art gallery in Iran, which inspired many young artists.
In 1963, he returned to the U.S. and taught art at Monticello College in Illinois, where he became the chairman of the art department.
In 1969 he came back to Iran and taught at Tehran University for eleven years. In 1980, Hannibal spent twelve years teaching art at the Assyrian Civic Club of Turlock, the University of California at Berkeley, and a number of private schools.
He now teaches at different chapters of the Islamic Azad University in Iran.
The Homa Gallery is located at No. 27 Chehrazi Alley, north of Niayesh Highway off of Vali-e Asr Ave.