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Cyrus Afsary

Taos, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36",

Approaching Storm, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36",


Cyrus Afsary holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Fine Arts and the other in Interior Design. This education has led him, through the years, to paint a wide variety of subjects. He has been in many shows and has won a myriad of awards, including "Best of Show" at the C.M. Russell Art Show and the "Exceptional Merit Award" from the National Art Club at the 1986 Pastel Society of America.

He was born and raised in the Middle East and enrolled in art classes at age fifteen and was trained in the style of the Russian masters and traditions of Ilya Repin and Valentin Serov. Soon after, he had portrait commissions. His parents died when he was young and did not live to see his success.

Mr. Afsary was an invited artist at the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA) in 1986 and 1987. In the 1987 NAWA show, he was awarded membership as well as the "Gold Medal in Oil" award.

He has also been listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in the West.

In 1985, 1986 and 1987 he was an invited artist at Northwest Rendezvous of Art (NWR). In 1987, he received the Merit Award and membership. He was a 1987 and 1988 competition finalist for the National Park Academy of the Arts (Arts for the Parks). During January of 1987, Cyrus was featured in Southwest Art Magazine, and in February of 1987, he and his work was featured in Midwest Art Magazine.

During 1988, he was the first ever recipient of the "Robert Lougheed Memorial Award" at the National Academy of Western Art show. Also in 1988, he was a participant in the Artists of America exhibition and featured in the December, 1988 issue of Art of the West Magazine. In 1989, he was in the Silver Medal drawing of NAWA, and then in 1991, he was chosen as the official poster artist for the Amarillo Rotary Clubs Annual Art Show and also won "Best in Oil".

In America, he has done portraits of celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Sylvester Stallone, and Dean Martin. He has exhibited at numerous western shows including The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and The Autry Museum in California.

Cyrus Afsary is represented by in Vale, Colorado.

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