Considered as the father of modern Iranian sculpture, Parviz Tanavoli was a central figure in the formation of the Saqqakhaneh movement – a neo-traditional style of art that derives inspiration from Iranian folk art and culture. Tanavoli has created works in bronze, ceramic, fiberglass, neon, textiles and scrap metal. His oeuvre displays a deep engagement with Persian folkloric traditions, poetry and literature, all expressed in a recurring series of subjects, including the calligraphic figure of Heech (Nothingness), Farhad the Mountain Carver, Lock, Poet, Prophet, Lovers, Walls, Hand, Lion and Bird. Additionally, Tanavoli is a painter and a prolific writer. He has authored numerous books and articles on the artistic culture of Iran.