- Youssof Kohzad
name = Youssof Kohzad
caption = يوسف كهزاد
birthdate = 1935
occupation = Novelist, Writer, Poet, Actor, Playwright
genre = Dramatic Arts
When God Created Beauty"
Youssof Kohzad (Persian: يوسف كهزاد) (also spelled as Youssef Kohzad) (born 1935) is an ethnic
Tajik writer, painter, playwright, artist, poet, actor, and art consultantfrom Afghanistan. He has now taken residence in Tracy, California, United Statessince his emigrationfrom Afghanistan.
He is spouse to
Youssef Kohzad was born in 1935 in the Chendawol district of Kabul, Afghanistan. During his high school years, he wrote plays and created artwork for
Kabul Theater. Kohzad graduated from Nejat (Amani) High School in Kabul in 1953. He finished his formal art education from the Academy of Artin Rome, Italyin 1965. After returning from Italy, he traveled to the former Soviet Union, Indiaand former Eastern Germanyto exhibit his art along with other contemporary Afghan artists. Many of his works are showcased in the Middle Eastern Studies museums in Moscow.
From 1966-1969 he held executive positions at the
Ministry of Media and Culture, in which he was the head of the Fine ArtsDepartment.
In 1971 he became the art consultant of Kabul Theater. He wrote eight dramas and all were played on stage. In many of the plays, he played the lead role.
In 1975 he returned to the Ministry of Media and Culture and held the position as the president of the ministry until 1992.
In 1976, he founded the
National Galleryin Kabul, which included 700 paintings, and some work dating back a hundred years. Unfortunately, out of the 700 works of art only 30 remain today.
From 1992 until August 2000, Kohzad became a refugee along with his family and was forced to immigrate to India. In August 2000, he moved to the USA and has been residing in
Northern Californiasince then. His first art exhibit in the USA was held in August 2001 in Palo Alto.
* 1965: Academy of Art (Rome, Italy)
*"Aspects of Beauty in Art"
*"Kohzad: A collection of Poetry"
*"When God Created Beauty"
*CBS Radio Network. "Afghan Art in Exile." February 04, 2002.
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