Mojtaba Karami
Painter, calligrapher, graphic designer and founder of the Iran Latin Calligraphy Center (ILCC), Mojtaba Karami began his artistic activity in 1991, with Persian Calligraphy. Along with his academic education, he started non-Persian calligraphy in Gothic and Copperplate styles under supervision of Hamidreza Ebrahimi and received his certificate of calligraphy from London’s CLAS, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, with high marks in 2007. His mastery in various styles of calligraphy and Iranian classical arts led to the creation of bilingual and multilingual works of art and outstanding combinations of classical art of the East with that of the West that became one of his noticeable artistic styles. He has created hundreds of bilingual calligraphy artworks such as quatrains of Khayyam in ten languages, Shahnameh in two languages (Persian and English) and a selective collection of the Quran verses in four languages. In 2009, and for the first time in the world, he successfully transcribed a portion of the Quran in two languages, Arabic and English. This international and important project that covered the thirtieth chapter of the Quran is yet complete due to the heavy calligraphy work in which the project requires. After receiving his certificate from the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society in London, he mastered in other styles of calligraphy including Nastaʿlīq, Shekaste Nastaʿlīq (literally broken Nastaʿlīq), Indian Flourished Italic, Russian calligraphy, Georgian and Katakana. In 2012, he started his activities in conceptual art and introduced himself to the world of modern art by creating 26 pieces of conceptual art inspired by the lyrics of Roger Waters and Pink Floyd. Isolation and loneliness in the modern world are the themes of this style of painting, and by them, he has been able to criticize governments (or any form of authority), restricted educational systems, unjust laws and unfair family traditions. The general atmosphere of the works and how he has used form and colors state the wanderings of his rebellious and exploring spirit in the fanciful atmosphere between consciousness and unconsciousness, which finally, by omitting the border between painting and illustration in a number of works, turns into a personal solution. As he continued his painting activities, he once more created several international painting-calligraphy pieces with depictions from flamenco, quatrains of Khayyam and Sama dance in Rumi’s poetry and Octavio Paz’s. What makes a difference between Mojtaba Karami’s painting-calligraphy artworks with other Iranian calligraphers is that he uses international calligraphy, and in this way, he expresses his words through art. Other than in Iran’s museums and galleries, his art collection has been exhibited in countries such as England, Italy, France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, India and Turkey.
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