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UNIVART AIAP/IAA INDIA is an official wing of IAA World, NGO in official partnership with UNESCO working towards preserving our countries cultural heritage through this medium of Art. World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts, which was declared by the International Association of Art (AIAP/IAA), a partner of UNESCO, to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The first World Art Day was held on April 15th, 2012, a date chosen in honor of Leonardo Da Vinci's birthday. As a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance and brotherhood, Da Vinci is also a testament to the influence of the Fine Arts on other fields. In 2018 on 28th December India has been officially recognized through UNIVART to celebrate World Art Day, thereafter IAA INDIA was formed. The Association looks forward to facilitating World Art Day celebrations locally, and nationwide.

विश्व शांति

अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता

सहिष्णुता और भाईचारा

His Excellency Hon’ble Bedri Baykam

IAA WORLD, Official Partner OF UNESCO

World Precedent Desk

The establishment of the International Association of Art (IAA / AIAP) dates back to an initiative launched in 1948 by the Third General Conference of UNESCO in Beirut to set up a permanent forum of international visual artists to support UNESCO goals. The sixth UNESCO conference in 1951 commissioned its Secretary-General to convene an international congress of artists, which was finally held in Venice in 1952. The 23 national governments represented there and 48 artistic associations from 19 countries agreed on the goal of founding an international umbrella organization for sculptors, painters and engravers. Chaired by Italian painter Gino Severinia Transitional Council has been set up and a secretariat in Paris. Finally, in 1954, the founding assembly of the IAA / AIAP was held in Venice, attended by already formed national committees from 18 countries as full members, as well as observers from another 22 countries. Since then, membership has grown to over 90 National Committees worldwide, divided into five world regions. Since its foundation, the IAA / AIAP has had the official status of an advisory organization of UNESCO.

It is our pleasure to announce you before this new year of 2019. Now India is a member of AIAP/IAA World and we congratulate Mr. Manaj Saha and your board for joining our international association.

Let’s hope that some of the best artists of India participate to this starting journey. We are all very happy to have now among us such a rich culture. We wish to you and your board and artists all the best for the New Year, and hope that 2019 will be full of success, peace, health and joy!




We are proud to announce that WORLD ART DAY has been accepted by the UNESCO Executive Board during their 206th Board Meeting session in Paris. From 2020 on, April 15, the birthday of Leonardo da Vinciwill be celebrated as World Art Day, in the whole world!
8 years ago, in 2011, at the 18th General Assembly of IAA, in Guadalajara Mexico, the proposal of the Turkish National Committee UPSD, presented by Bedri Baykam and co-signed by several countries’ delegates (Christos Symeonides/Cyprus, Liu Dawei/China, DevChooramun/Mauritius, Rosa Maria Burillo Velasco/Mexico, Anders Liden/Sweden, Hilde Rognskog/Norway, KanIrie/Japan, Pavol Kral/Slovakia, Anne Pourny/France) to designate a World Art Day on the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, 15th of April, was accepted unanimously by all participating countries in that General Assembly.
Since then, every year starting with 2012, the world found out more and contributed generously to World Art Day with IAA National Committees, celebrating the event in their respective countries. Even some other countries that didn’t have an IAA National Committee, contributed to those events of celebration.

In August 2018, as IAA we sent an official proposal to the General Director of UNESCO, Mrs. Audrey Azoulay. Pursuing a period of bureaucratic follow up and correspondence, Mexico and Turkey Delegations in UNESCO have brought the proposal of IAA to the Agenda of the UNESCO Executive Board Meeting. Also following our direct diplomatic meetings and dialogues in Paris with several different Ambassadors at the UNESCO Headquarters, on April 16, 2019, the Executive Board of UNESCO, has discussed the IAA proposal, co-signed by 41 countries from all parts of the globe and at the voting, it was unanimously accepted by all 57 countries.

So World Art Day will be one of the International Days marked by UNESCO from 2020 onwards. Every year, under UNESCO’s umbrella and guidance, World Art Day will be celebrated by all countries and artists on April 15. The decisions of the Executive Board, as accustomed are waiting to be ratified by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 2019, before becoming active in 2020.

Thus, the date suggested originally, April 15, the birthday of the world’s most famous artist of all times, Leonardo da Vinci and “World Art Day” are associated for ever. The great Renaissance legend, remembered again this year for the 500th year of his loss, is a multi-faceted and multi disciplinary creator in so many different fields, who always managed to stay contemporary for every other generation of artists up until today.

IAA thanks UNESCO director Mrs. Azoulay and all the Executive Board Members for having generously supported this proposal, which will contribute a lot to global artistic awareness, exchanges and dialogues.
Our thanks and gratefulness also go to the Mexican Ambassador, His Excellency Federico Salas and Turkish Ambassador, His Excellency Altay Cengizer who extended their full cooperation and support to back up our proposal. We also thank all Ambassadors and diplomats whom I had the privilege of meeting in Paris last March.

We, the World Executive Committee of IAA, must certainly not forget to recognize all the valuable and consistent contributions of all the IAA members, who over the last 8 years have brought to life endless events on World Art Day, as well as each an every artists’ contribution worldwide.

Thanks to each event, each exhibition, conference, street festival, panel discussion or workshop, the world found out more and more about World Art Day that aims to bring nations, cultures, countries, continents together through peace and artistic education and dialogue, which are amongst the most important UNESCO values.
We believe that the world will be saved not through wars but through art and consequent international cultural exchanges.

Now, no matter rich or poor, famous or not, young or old, professional or not, every artist and art lover all over the world, have a common day to celebrate, for the same great cause, cherishing the world in harmony with the arts!
Once again, we wish to reiterate our sincere thanks to Mrs. Azoulay and all members of the UNESCO delegations for having shared our passion and who made possible the birth of an internationally marked World Art Day. This was a great partnership in solidarity between diplomats, artists and art lovers.

Now it’s the real time for art!
World Art Day, for a healthy dialogue between world cultures, all over the planet!

Bedri Baykam
International Association of Art
-Official Partner of UNESCO

IAA World Executive Board
Pavol Kral/Slovakia, Marta M. Perez/Puerto Rico, Katarina JönssonNorling/Sweden, Christos Symeonides/Cyprus, Dolores Ortiz Minique/Mexico, Ryoji Ikeda/Japan,Franklyn Glover/Ghana, MajaMoroz/Poland,Francis Desiderio/Belgium, Marta YglesiasPiza/Costa Rica



AIAP/IAA INDIA has officially launched our membership programme aimed at supporting visual artists living and working in the India. Furthermore, we aim to form several chapters nationwide, and are actively seeking partners and sponsors to help bring the mission of AIAP/IAA to India with the aim to focus on bringing maximum artist to the forefront.


AIAP/IAA INDIA has developed a national membership programme which is now available to visual artists living and working in the India. Join the AIAP/IAA INDIA and become part of an extraordinary community of national and international artists!
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AIAP/IAA INDIA is actively seeking cultural such as museums, schools, arts organizations, as well as government and cultural entities to co-create our vision of national collaboration through art.
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Indias' rich and diverse artistic talent has much to contribute to World Art Day celebrations worldwide. By supporting AIAP/IAA INDIA, sponsors not only help secure Indias' continued membership in the International Association of Art.
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International Association of Art

The origins of IAA/AIAP (International Association of Art, in English) can be traced to the Third General Conference of UNESCO, held at Beiruth, Libanon, in 1948. The Director – General was charged with enquiring into 'ways in which artists might serve the aims of UNESCO', and to discover what obstacles of a social, economic, or political order lay in the path of artists in the practice of their art. He was charged, too, with recommending measures by which artists working conditions could be improved and their freedom assured.

The UNESCO Conference, at its sixth Session, in 1951, empowered the Director-General to organize an International Conference of artists to study the actual conditions of artists’ freedom in various countries and to enquire into the means to associate them more closely with UNESCO’s work. Accordingly, in 1952, at a conference of artists held in Venice, 23 governments and 48 associations of artists in 19 countries, declared themselves in favour of the formation of an international association of painters, sculptors and engravers. A provisional council was formed under the chairmanship of Gino Severini (Italy), and a secretariat was opened in UNESCO House in Paris.

In 1954, in Venice, the General Assembly of the fully constituted Association was summoned for the first time and declared the basic aims of IAA/AIAP. At this first Assembly, 18 countries (with National Committees already formed) took part, with observers from another 22 countries. Artists like Miro, Braque, Delaunay, Pasmore, Hartung, Laurencin, Matta, Lurçat, Masson, Vasarely, Moore, Soto, Cesar, Calder, and many others left their print at IAA/AIAP.

Since its creation, UNESCO gave to IAA/AIAP the status of UNESCO partnership NGO with the status of consultative Association.

For the Statutes of the International Association of Art, as adopted at the 17th General Assembly in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2011, you might click here [PDF].