Mani Mehrzad was born in Tehran/Iran 1981. After he graduated from high school, he moved to Kerman. Living in the City of Kerman, Iran, for four years to study restoration of the historical structures left a lifetime expression on Mani. The supreme architecture of the city and the astonishing nature around it, which he witnessed during his trips to Tehran, familiarized him with a unique phenomenon and all those experiences inspired him to start his first series of paintings.
In 2004, he moved back to Tehran to study Visual Communication at Tarbiat Modares University. For his thesis, he decided to focus on illustrating heroic stories for children’s books. His interest in merging Traditional Iranian miniature painting and modern art, and, studying the schools of art such as Haraat, Tabriz and Shiraz as well as referring to the Lithography of the nineteenth century led him to a new series of paintings.
Now, painting is his core concentration. His practices in book illustration, studying graphic design and restoration of the historical structures, Philosophy, literature, and living in two different cities that are in stark contrast in many ways have become his muse. His new paintings are a manifestation of the contradictions that he lives in.
b. 1981, Iran
2015 P.H.D Student. The Philosophy of Art. Sanandaj University,Sanandaj, Iran
2006 M.A.Graphic Design, TarbiatModares University, Tehran, Iran
2004 B.A. Restoration and Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, Baahonar University, Kerman, Iran
2016 Atbin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran
2005 Ghanoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2004 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2003 University of Art, Yazd, Iran
2002 Kerman Center for the Arts, Kerman, Iran
2001 Saba Art University, Kerman, Iran
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2021 KHOR Art Initiative 2021, SARADIPOUR Art Gallery, Bandar-e Mahshahr, Iran
2021 Micro Macro, Group painting exhibition, Fornaresio and Vista art gallery, Torino, Italy
2020 Shahnameh First Painting Biennial, Khorasan museum, Mashhad, Iran
2020 Mythography, Group painting exhibition, Iranian artist’s forum, Tehran, Iran
2019 Near and Far, Group painting exhibition, Eran art gallery with cooperation of Arta art gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 Icabiennale, Peace on Paper, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2015 Iranian Arts Now, De Young Museum of Art, San Fransisco, USA
2015 Magic of Persia Auction Gala, Conducted by Christies, UAE, Emirate Towers, Dubai, UAE
2014 Exhibition of Children’s Illustration, Georgia, Iran, Ukraine, Tbilisi Museum, Georgia
2012 The Sixth Tehran International Illustration Biennial, Tehran, Iran
2010-2021 Faculty of Islamic Azad University in Visual Communication and Illustration, Qom, Iran
2012 The Story of Bijan and Manijeh, Children's Book, Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Youth, Tehran,Iran
2011 Gordaufarid, Children's Book,Nasl-e Noa’ndish Publications, Tehran, Iran
2011 Cyrus, the Creator of Human Rights, Nasl-e Noa’ndish, Tehran, Iran
2010 SandbaadBahri, Children's Book,Nasl-e Noa’ndish Publications, Tehran, Iran
2010 Tishtaar, Children's Book,Nasl-e Noa’ndish Publications, Tehran, Iran
2009 Geraamy, Children's Book,Nasl-e Noa’ndish Publication, Tehran, Iran
2020 The catalog of Shahnameh First Painting Biennial, Khorasan museum, Mashhad, Iran
2017 Lithography in Iran in the Nineteenth Century: Art for People, Mahshid Modares, Translated by Mani Mehrzad and Hadi Azari, (2008) Iran Chamber Society, Cheshmak online magazine, Iran
2016 the 8thFadjr Festival of Visual Arts Book, Tehran, Iran, January-march, page 271
2015 Magic of Persia Auction Gala, Conducted by Christies, UAE, Emirate Towers, Dubai, UAE, Pages 80-81.
2014 The Book of Exhibition of Children’s Illustration, Georgia, Iran, Ukraine, Tbilisi Museum, Georgia, Pages 116-117.