|Known for||Architect, Interior design, Art collector, Philantropist|
Kamil pseudonym of Kamel Davaripour, was born in 1946 into a Christian family in Tehran, Iran. His father worked for the National Oil Company. Between 1964 and 1969, Kamil studied at the University of Tehran where he obtained his diploma in Interior Design. He then enrolled at the beginning of the 70s at the École Nationale de Beaux-Arts in Paris. When he returned to Iran, he opened an Architecture and Decoration firm in the Iranian capital. Some of his projects at that time included the restaurant La Locomotive, Le Chablis and the jewelry shop Mehdizadeh in both Tehran and Geneva. He subsequently moved to the south of France. Kamil Interior Design and Art Gallery was launched in Cannes in 1976 and afterwards transferred to Monaco in 1984. In 1996, Kamil opened an extension gallery space in Aspen, Colorado, United States and later a second one which he kept open until 1999. Kamil acted as the exclusive American agent of some of the finest living European artists.
Kamil always caressed the idea to open a space that would embody all of his passions. Between 1990 and 2000 he owned the prestigious Club des Artistes in Monaco, situated on the avenue des Spélugues, in parallel with his gallery. The club epitomized a pioneering concept combining a lounge bar, piano bar, live music, artistic interior design and an exhibition space all at the same time and it was the jet-set’s rendez-vous. Kamil is as well famous for having designed and donated the first World Music Awards trophy when it was launched in 1989. He therefore got the opportunity to meet many pop stars and celebrities and have them as guests in his club, including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder or Kylie Minogue to name few. Since 2014, he has been the designer of the Prix Monte-Carlo “Femme de l’année”. The award is given each year, under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, to women, without a distinction of race and culture, for their contribution and dedication to the arts and science. Kamil has been also an honorary member of the Comité National Monégasque des Arts Plastiques auprès de l’UNESCO.
Today, established for more than 30 years in Monaco, Kamil offers to its clients his two distinct but complementary activities: Kamil Art Gallery and Kamil Interior Design. He imagines major interior design projects in Monaco and abroad, while always adapting them to the personality of his clients. A past member of the Syndicat Monégasque des Décorateurs (S.M.D.), Kamil has worked on projects in Europe, the Middle East, America and Africa. These projects were executed in locations that include Monaco, Paris, London, Lagos, New York or Aspen. A true visionary in his approach, he has managed to enforce his unique style, create his own aesthetic trends and impose the famous “Kamil touch”.
Kamil has gradually evolved from a tasteful interior decoration cabinet to an exquisite exhibition space devoted to the work of well-established as well as emerging artists. His gallery follows an innovative line that combines and confronts the work of various artists while presenting a rich artistic program that mixes exhibitions, happenings as well as performances. Kamil was one of the first gallerists to passionately support artists from “the Spanish school” and the new “école de Nice”. In fact, in 1998, he was appointed unanimously the “godfather” of the New Ecole de Nice by the artists. Without limiting itself to its gallery space, Kamil Art Gallery has organized a number of exhibitions in a close collaboration with other museums or galleries. The gallery has participated in various international contemporary art fairs such as “Fiera d’Arte de Barcelona” and “Art Junction” in Nice, where the it was attributed le Toison d’Or for best gallery. Either independently or in an association with other art spaces around the world, Kamil has exhibited the works of Sabala, F.M.G., Nall, Pino Maggi, Jordan Matter, Ellen von Unwerth, Lina Condes, Lorenzo Quinn, Damien Hirst, Morio Matsui, Tessarolo, Kiko Urdin, Luz to name some. The gallery also publishes its own exhibition catalogues with publications such as “Bijoux d’artistes”, “F.M.G.”, “Sabala”, “L’influence de l’art espagnol dans la vie dans la ville”, “Phographies de Luz”, “Hayat”, “Animal Party”, “Make it Matter” and recently “Ali Akbar Sadeghi – a Mini Retrospective”. Contemporary artists permanently represented by the gallery include Arman, André Verdet, Karel Appel, Ben, George Boisgontier, César, Robert Combas, Hervé Di Rossa, Yves Klein, Patrick Moya, Nikki de St-Phalle, Victor Vasarely. In addition to his long experience as an architect-decorator and gallery owner, Kamil is also a successful and enthusiastic dealer in paintings by end of the19th and 20th century masters. His gallery carries therefore works by modern masters that include Chagall, Derain, Dufy, Kandinsky, Leger, Malevitch, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Renoir and Rothko. The values which Kamil Art Gallery transmits are originality, attention to detail and excellence in all domains and its strong reputation has increasingly developed in Southern France and indeed across Europe, the Middle East and beyond. . 
It is important to note that Kamil Art Gallery is engaged with and supports a number of charity organizations and their campaigns in countless ways either by donating artworks or helping raise money. The list of these organizations comprises the Fondation Princesse Grace, the Fondation Albert II, Fight Aids Monaco, Education Nationale de Monaco, Monaco Aide et Présence, MOP and TAF The Animal Fund.
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