Mojtaba KaramiPainter, calligrapher and graphic designer
Painter, international calligrapher and graphic designer (founder of International Art Gallery), born in 1978 began his artistic activities 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 high-grade certificate of Art from London’s CLAS, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, in 2007.
His mastery in various styles of calligraphy and Iranian classic arts led to creation of bi-language and multi-language works of art and outstanding combinations of classical art of the East with that of West which became one of his noticeable artistic styles. He has created hundreds of bi-language calligraphy pieces 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 wrote the Quran in two languages, Arabic and English. This international and important project that covered the thirtieth juz' of Quran is yet incomplete due to the heavy calligraphy work the project requires.
After receiving his certificate from CLAS in London, he mastered other styles of calligraphy including Nastaʿlīq, Shikasta 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 through them he has been able to criticize governments or any form of authority, restricted educational systems, law and family.
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 conscious and unconscious, which finally, by omitting the border between painting and illustration in a number of works, turns into a personal resolution.
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 Mojataba Karami’s painting-calligraphy artworks with other Iranians' is the fact that he uses international calligraphy as well as in the way he expresses his words through art.
Other than in Iranian museums and galleries his art collection has been exhibited in countries such as England, Germany, Italy, France, United Arab Emirates, India and Turkey.
UK Ambassador at “Two-Language (Persian-English) Artwork –Khayam Poetry” Exhibition- Niavaran Palace, Tehran, 2009
French Ambassador in Iran
UN Representative in Iran
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Mojtaba Karami’s Statement
Transformation is important to me, not being immobile or in one specific condition. Art knows no borders, neither for me or others. Doing what has not been attempted before, without fear of non-achievement, where the accomplishment is not the goal BUT experiencing the novel and the unachievable.
You have not gained success when you do as others do. A new experience is a new and dangerous path but worthy of the struggle.
Being a slave to the past clichés of other artists is not palatable. The most exciting thing in life for me is to follow a new road.
Do not fear and have hope. Continue life and use the experience of the world’s greatest masters, who have laid the groundwork for new experiences. Do not follow those who have grown in the shadow of others and who follow the repetitive path.
Attempting to create non-Farsi calligraphy art in Iran was very demanding and expensive venture. And it has never absolutely satiated me. Calligraphy by itself is a repetitious art form for me, transferring the excitement of others to me and little else. I crave more.
There are still other uncharted paths, imagined and seen in my childhood, some which I have discovered, these lands of color and image, in due course.
Unexpectedly, I saw myself in a limitless realms and I wish I could live long enough to perceive them all.
I glide in my imagination and dreams, not looking around or behind me, but delve within myself and get my inspiration from the almighty.
Thinking, contemplation, reflection… are the best elements in the creation of my work, where the implementation takes a very short time and thereafter I delight in the labor endlessly.
I think of you, the audience……….And I cannot predict the how or what of the artwork…. Or the whom (a painter, a sculptor, a mountain climber, anyone).