Ali Akbar Sanati was born in Kerman in 1916. He lost his father at an early age and was looked after by a benevolent man. Very soon he discovered that Sanati has a special talent in artistic works and sent the young Ali Akbar to Tehran to receive training at Kamal-ol Molk Art School. He learned sculpture and panting from maestros Hossien Behzad, Abolhassan Sediqi, and Ali Rokhsar and he obtained a master's degree in painting after 12 years of study.
He returned to his hometown where he taught 40 children in a nursery for orphans. He later set up a museum at Tehran's Toup Khaneh Square (currently known as Imam Khomeini Square) and transferred it to the then Red Lion and Sun Society (modern Red Crescent Society). The museum was inaugurated in 1946 with an exhibit which received extensive public welcome. He set up another museum at Hafez Street in Tehran in 1951 to present his own paintings. He then took several of his paintings to a museum he set up in Kerman in 1977. During the US-backed military coup to topple the nationalist government of Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953, his museum in Tehran was ransacked by rioters and some of his sculptures were destroyed. It took two years for Sanati ...see more to repair his museum and sculptures.
Former President Mohammad Khatami awarded Ali Akbar Sanati an emblem of merit in art degree for 60 years of meritorious service to the art sector.
Sanati was the symbol of self-reliance who worked for the sake of advancement and sublimity. He has left about 1,000 paintings and 400 sculptures in record of his career
In this Museum that opened on 1948, masterpieces of "Seyed Ali Akbar Sanati", a contemporaneous famous and skillful sculptor and painter, are shown.
13th Aban Museum is under authority of "Helal-Ahmar" and all it's income is used for deprived and injuries.
Most of his statues were about anthropology which tried to show the history. Some subjects were about poor people or prisoners likeThe tablet of a prisoner in prison which was made in 1950. The rest of his subjects were about other Iranian and foreign artists such as : Malekoshoaraye Bahar, Dehkhoda,Amir Kabir,Ferdosi,Gandi, ... .
Art work made with mosaic and stone:
The artwork made from tile and marbel were put flat next to each other .Most of them were stones with different veins and textures and were put togetheter in a nice way.His tablets were made of natural stones .The tablet of the retsing place of Shah Nemat allah vali in Mahan which was made in 1976 or the tablet of the "shepherd and his fold " which was made in 1942 from colored stones or the tablet of the "blacksmith" which was made in 1946 from mosaic and stone are good examples of his work.