کوروش شیشه گران، تحصیلات ابتدایی خود را در تهران به انجام رسانید، وارد هنرستان هنرهای زیبا شد و پس از آن، تحصیلات دانشگاهی خود را در دانشکده هنر های تزئینی (دانشگاه هنر) تا درجه کارشناسی در معماری داخلی ادامه داد. شیوه ی بیشتر شناخته شده کوروش شیشه گران در نقاشی، تنها بخشی از تجربیات هنری وی است. دوره های کاری او را تا سال ۱۳۶۰ می توان به این صورت تقسیم بندی کرد: "کارهای تکثیری" (۵۳-۱۳۵۲)، "اجرایی از کار نقاشان بزرگ" (۵۴-۱۳۵۳)، "هنر پستی" (۱۳۵۵) ، "هنر+هنر" (۵۶-۱۳۵۵) و دو دوره با همکاری برادرانش بهزاد و اسماعیل، شامل "هنر برای تولید" (۵۷-۱۳۵۶) و "پوستر های سیاسی اجتماعی" (۶۰-۱۳۵۷). اما بارقه های خطوط پیچان شناخته شده اش از همان اولین نمایشگاه ها در سال ۱۳۵۲ و حتی پیش تر در آثارش مشهود بود. از سال ۱۳۶۲ به بعد او بیشتر روی طراحی و نقاشی تمرکز می کند و شکل اخیر نقاشی هایش را در سال ۱۳۶۸ و پس از آن در سال های ۷۱، ۷۶ و ۸۵ به صورت نمایشگاه های انفرادی ارائه می کند. در این سال ها شیشه گران علاوه بر شرکت در نمایشگاه های متعدد جمعی در داخل و خارج و پیشبرد این نقاشی ها، تجربیات دیگری نیز داشته است از قبیل "طراحی-های جنگ" (۱۳۶۹) ، "عکس کار ها" (۱۳۷۵) ، "خودنگاره .ها" (۱۳۸۷) و ... آخرین نمایشگاه انفرادی او در اپرا گالری لندن (۱۳۹۱) بوده است. از نمایشگاه های جمعی او در خارج از ایران می توان به این موارد اشاره کرد: واش آرت در واشنگتن ۱۹۷۷؛ بازل سویس ۱۹۷۸؛ نمایشگاه نقاشی هزاره در لندن ۱۹۹۹، نمایشگاه هنرمندان ایرانی در رم ۲۰۰۰؛ نمایشگاه های مؤسسه ی مریدین در آمریکا ۲۰۰۳-۲۰۰۱؛ باربیکن سنتر لندن ۲۰۰۱، بینال پکن ۲۰۰۳؛ اپرا گالری لندن ۲۰۱۳ و ... در سال های اخیر نيز با راهیابی هنر ایران به حراج های بین المللی، آثار متعددي از وی در این حراج .ها به فروش رسیده است.
Koorosh Shishegaran was born in Qazvin in 1944, but then moved to Tehran with his family. After graduation from the Tehran Fine Art High School, he entered the Faculty of Decorative Arts where he did his BA in interior decoration in 1974. His more familiar style of painting is only one of the various artistic experiences of the Shishegaran’s artistic practices. These include a wide array of experiments on different media and a range of approaches. The works before 1981 could be classified into different series, including Mass Production Works (1973-74), Appropriation of Works of Great Artists (1974-76), Postal Art (1976), Art+Art (1976-77), and other two periods – with collaboration of his brothers, Behzad and Esmail – Art for Production (1977-78), and Political Social Posters (1978-81). Since 1983 he has concentrated more on painting and drawing with his familiar feature: line. This interest in whirling lines, however, was obvious in his first solo exhibition in 1973. Shishegaran exhibited these paintings first in 1989 and then 1992, 1997, and 2006 in solo shows. Throughout these years, aside from developing his painting style and participating in many group exhibitions, both inside and outside Iran, he has created other series of works, such as War Drawings (1990), Photographic Works (2006), and Self Portraits (2008). His last solo exhibition was in Opera Gallery, London (2012). Some of his group exhibitions outside Iran are: WashArt in Washington D.C. 1977; Basel, Switzerland, 1978; The Millennium Painting Exhibition in London 1999; exhibition of Iranian artists in Rome, 2000; Meridian Center exhibitions in United States, 2001-2003; Barbican Center, 2001; Beijing Biennial, 2003; Opera Gallery, London, 2013; … With the opening up of international auction houses to Iranian art in recent years, numerous works of the artist have been sold in these auctions.
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.