Iranian-born American abstract figurative painter
Manoucher Yektai was born in Tehran, Iran in 1922. He dropped out of the Fine Arts Faculty of Tehran University without obtaining a degree. Between 1945-1947, he studied with Amédée Ozenfant in Paris, France. During the same years, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and at the Atelier of André Lhote in Paris, France. From 1947-1948, Yektai studied at the Art Students League with Robert Hale. He is associated with the New York School of Abstract Expressionism by critics. He has many works in American and European collections and museums, especially in the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, SFMOMA, and in numerous private collections such as the Poindexter collection. Yektai became a naturalized American citizen in 1959.