Manouchehr Motabar was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1936. After graduating from the Tehran College of Fine Arts, he left Iran to take a graduate course in art education in Indiana, USA and participated in drawing courses at the Art Students League of New York. Since his return to Iran, he has been teaching painting and drawing in schools and colleges of visual arts in Tehran. Since 1963, his work has been exhibited in national and international solo and group exhibitions and in 1985 he won the International Exhibition of Contemporary Painters Award in Monaco. Motabar was paid homage by the Imam Ali Museum in Tehran in 2006.