گیتی در فــوریه ســال 1937 در تهــران در خــانــواده ای متبحــر و عــاشــق هــنر بــه دنیا آمــد. دانــش و تجــربیات هــنری خــود را از پــدر و عــموی خــود که عتیقه، فــرش و نــقاشی ایرانی و اروپـایی را جـمع آوری میکردنـد، کسب کرد. در نـه سـالگی، او دروس خـصوصی خـود را در نـقاشی آغـاز و در دبیرسـتان، زیر نـظر مـعلم روسی اصـول نـقاشی کلاسیک را آمـوخـت. پـس از آن بـود که شـروع بـه کار بـا رنـگ روغـن کرد و تکنیکهـای اخـتلاط رنـگ را آمـوخـت. درک و اختلاط رنگها از همان اوایل برای او طبیعت دوم بود. گیتی در دهــه 80 و 90 کار خــود را در فــرانــسه ادامــه داد و در نــمایشگاه هــای گــروهی و انــفرادی پــاریس و ســایر شهــرهــایش شــرکت کرد و در این دوران مــوفــق بــه کسب مــدال طـلا، نـقره و بـرنـز و همچنین دیپلم افـتخار شـد. این شـناخـت او را تـرغیب بـه ادامـه کار و کاوش بیشتر در سـبکهـای مـختلف، از جـمله انـتزاعی و اجـرای مـدرن چهـره و انـدام نـمود. در ســـال۱۹۸۳، بـــه تـــوصیه یك هـــنرمـــند ایتالیایی، در یك كـــارگـــاه خـــصوصی در پـــاریس مـجسمه سـازی آمـوخـت. وی ریخته گـری مـجسمه هـای خـود را بـا بـرنـز در کارگـاه مـشهور و مـــعتبر جـــهانی Landowski در حـــومـــه پـــاریس بـــه انـــجام رســـانـــد. آنـــجا بـــود که او بـــا تکنیک هـای سنتی دشـوار و فـوق الـعاده ظـریف مـجسمه سـازی و ریخته گـری آشـنا شـد. در سی سـال گـذشـته او بـه طـور مـداوم در حـال کار بـر روی نـقاشیهـا و مـجسمه هـای انـتزاعی اســـت. او همیشه در اثـــارش از زیبایی و رنـــگهـــای طبیعت و احـــساســـات انـــسانی الـــهام میگیرد
Guity Seif Born on February 1937 in Tehran into a family well versed in and fond of art. Guity gained her preliminary knowledge and experiences of art from her father and uncle who collected Persian and European antiques, carpets and paintings. At the early age of nine, she began her private lessons in painting. In high-school, under the tutelage of Russian teacher she learnt the fundamentals of classical painting.
It was then that she began working with oil paint and learnt the techniques for color mixing. Understanding and mixing colors were second nature to her from early on.
She continued her work in France in the 80’s and 90’s. While in France she participated in group and individual exhibitions in Paris and other cities in France and was awarded gold, silver and bronze medals as well as honorary diplomas. This recognition encouraged her to continue her work and further explore different styles, including abstract and modern renditions of faces and figures.
In 1983, on the recommendation of an Italian artist, she began sculpting in a private workshop in Paris. She began casting her sculptures in Bronze at the world famous and prestigious Landowski Foundry in the suburbs of Paris. It is there that she became familiar with the difficult and extraordinarily subtle traditional techniques of sculpting and casting.
For the last 30 years she has been working continuously doing abstract floral and figurative paintings and sculptures. Her inspirations are always derived from the abundance of beauty and color in nature and human emotions.
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.