In his painting, Ovissi also is treading upon the ground full of allurements, but he avoids the Persian folklore and draws upon a mature tradition already committed to a compa¬rison with the west. His inspiration is not drawn from nature, the saga of Fables but from history and civilization. . . . Ovissi's style is imbued with a quality that places his painting on the threshold of poetry and the frontier line between painting and calligraphy ... For him subject matter is not the end; he sets out instead through and beyond the subject matter to find continuity and rhythm which only the forms can generate ... GIULIO CARLO ARGAN | 1983 – 1992 Prof. of Art History Rome University.