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Artists Forum to Commemorate Morteza Momayez

Artists Forum to Commemorate Morteza MomayezArtists Forum to Commemorate Morteza Momayez

On the ninth death anniversary of graphic artist Morteza Momayez, various programs are scheduled to take place at the Iranian Artist Forum (IAF) for a week starting from November 28.

Among the special programs for this year’s commemoration ceremony is the speech and art exhibition by internationally renowned Finnish graphic artist Kari Piippo, ISNA reported.

Some of his sketches and selected posters will be on display at the Autumn and Winter halls of the IAF along with artworks by graphic artist Ebrahim Haghighi. The inaugural will be held at 5 p.m. at the forum’s Ostad Shahnaz hall and the programs will continue till December 4.

Morteza Momayez was born in 1935 in Tehran. He got his bachelor degree in painting from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Tehran in 1965 and his diploma from Ecole National Superier des Art Deco in Paris, France in 1968.

 Excellency Award

He was one of the founders of the Iranian Graphic Design Society (IGDS) and held a membership to Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He was also president of the Tehran International Poster Biennial and Editor-in-chief of ‘Neshan’. Throughout his career, Momayez initiated many cultural institutes, exhibitions and graphic design publications. The renowned pioneer of graphic design in Iran, Momayez received the Art & Culture Award of Excellency from the president of Iran in 2004.

He made three short animation films, one of which, ‘Yek noqte-ye sabz’ (A Green Point, 1972), won the honorary diploma of the Moscow Film Festival in 1973. He was the set and costume designer for several films and theater productions. He created posters for cultural events and designed book covers, emblems and logos. His works were published in several collections. His articles and essays on visual arts and graphic design were published in national and international journals.

Momayez passed away on November 25, 2005 in a village near Karaj. His obituary published in the newsletter of the Center for Iranian Studies portrayed him as an artist who “played a leading role in the establishment and development of graphic arts, and in the training of top artists and designers in Iran.”