Sadegh Tabrizi is one of the few contemporary Iranian artists who has made a great contribution both to the creation and the dissection of modern art in Iran.
Tabrizi is one of the central figures of the Saqqakhaneh School, which has pervasively indigenized Western modern and post-modern art. He has also played a vital role in dissecting contemporary intermediary art – a mixture of Western and Iranian traditional art.
After graduating from the school of miniature painting, and working in the ceramic Department of the Administrative Office of Fine Arts in 1959, Tabrizi tried painting on pottery. This novel experience gave him an opportunity to work with glaze and fire. He was inspired by inscriptions for a mosque that a tile worker, Mr. Sanaee, was working on. This tempted Tabrizi to make a free composition with letters and words — resulting in his early works of calligraphy on pottery and ceramics. Calligraphy has continued to be prevalent in all of his works — from an element in his figurative paintings to inspiration for his abstract calligraphy compositions.
Sadegh Tabrizi has displayed his works in many national and international galleries and exhibitions. His works are part of the collections at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Henan Museum in China, the Abby Grey Foundation, and many other public and private collections around the world.