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Mehrdad Shoghi Haghdoost was born in 1972 in Iran. He started calligraphy and painting as a youth and, in addition to that, went to the last remaining masters of the art to learn the Iranian traditional arts such as Illumination, Gol-o-Morgh, paper-making, and restoration of calligraphic pieces.
Different projects in mid 1990`s commissioned by Ministry of Culture and Art to reconstruct/reproduce old calligraphic masterpieces led him to an intense study of the first samples of Quranic manuscripts in Kufic dated A.D 600 to 700.
The spirit embedded in this style attracted him so much that soon he found himself dedicated to Kufic writing and Khatt-e-Mehr was the fruit of his studies and experiences with Kufic.
He presented his B.A final project in Graphic Design, titled "A Fresh Look On The Oldest Islamic Script", in 1998 accompanied with a collection of calligraphic-painting pieces.
The subjects of his artworks mostly are from well known Iranian sufi poets such as Rumi, Hafiz and Abdollah Ansari.
Mehrdad has presented his work in more than twenty solo and group exhibitions in UK, France, Iran, Kuwait, Turkey, U.A.E, Qatar, Malaysia, Switzerland and Canada.
His love and respect for the work of the old masters has always been a source of inspiration to him, and has made him study, restore, and revive surviving pieces of the past.
Born in 1972
B.A in Graphic Design
More than 20 solo and group Exhibitions in Iran, Canada, Kuwait,
Dubai, Switzerland and Turkey.
Participating in Calligraphy Exhibition in Tehran Museum of
Contemporary Arts and winning the award. The work presented to
this exhibition was purchased as a collection of the museum.
Participating in the third biennial of Iranian Islamic painting in
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, winning the award.
Participating in the Second Nationwide Arts Exhibition of University
Students (Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran), winning the award for
Restoration and Illumination.
- 2016 Solo Exhibition, Love song to source, The Gate Mall Gallery, Doha, Qatar
- 2014 Solo Exhibition, "melodies of silence", Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- 2013 Solo Exhibition, Nicolas Felamel Gallery, Paris, France
- 2012 Solo Exhibition, Mekic Gallery, Montreal, Canada
- 2012 Solo Exhibition, Mah Art Gallery
- 2009 Solo Exhibition, "Between the Lines", The Gallery in Cork Street, London, England
- 2002 Solo Exhibition, Boushehri Gallery, Kuwait
- 2002 Solo Exhibition, Aryan Gallery, Tehran
- 2002 Solo Exhibition, Asar Art Gallery, Tehran
- 2000 Solo Exhibition, Boushehri Gallery, Kuwait
- 2000 Solo Exhibition, “Mehr Script”, Reza Abbasi Museum, Tehran
- 2014 Group exhibition, Iran Heritage day in Royal Ontario Museum
- 2013 "IBS Persian Art Group Exhibition", London, England
- 2012 Group exhibition, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- 2011 "International Photography Art", Bonham’s, Dubai
- 2011 "Two Persians", Art Square Gallery, Toronto
- 2011 "IBS Persian Art Group Exhibition", London, England
- 2010 “Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art”, Bonham’s, Dubai
- 2010 "Iranian Artists Group", Arta Gallery, Toronto
- 2010 "IHF Persian Art Group Exhibition", London, England
- 2010 "Norouz Group Show", Queen Gallery, Toronto
- 2009 "Fly with the cage", Lennox Contemporary Art, Toronto
- 2009 "Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Art", Bonham’s, Dubai
- 2008 "Second Tehran Art Expo", Tehran, Iran
- 2008 "Tirgan", Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
- 2006 "Under the Azure Dome" , Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
- 2004 "Toronto outdoor art exhibition", Toronto
- 2004 "A Passage to East ", Arta Gallery, Toronto
- 2004 "To Assist the children of Bam Earthquake", Arta Gallery, Toronto
- 2003 "A Spiritual Vision", Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
- 2003 Courtyard Gallery, Dubai
- 2003 Fine Art Centre Chankaya City hall, Ankara, Turkey
- 2002 Ziba Art Gallery, Vancouver
- 2002 "International Conference on Calligraphy of the Islamic World", Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
- 2002 Royal Mirage, Dubai
- 2001 Le Palais Oriental, Montreaux, Switzerland
- 2001 "Calligraphy", Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
- 1999 “Second Mehr-e-Jan Festival”, Dubai
- 1997 “Third Biennial of Iranian Painting”, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran Winning the award for “Gol-o-morgh” and receiving the Honour Diploma.
- 1994 “Second Nationwide Arts Exhibition of University Students”, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, winning the award for Restoration and Illumination
- 2013 Islamic Art Museum Malesia
- 2011 Permanent collection of middle eastern modern art, British Museum, London, England
- 2002 Imam Ali Museum of Art, Tehran, Iran
- 2001 Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
- 2000 Reza Abbasi Museum, Tehran, Iran
- 2002 Art Direction of Fajr International Theater Festival closing ceremony (Set Design and Execution, Performance Direction) Coordinating with Amin Tarokh.
- 2001 Constructing 9 Artworks with Epoxy Paint on stone and ceramic to be installed in 6 station of Tehrans' Subway.
- 2001 Art Direction of Fajr International Theater Festival closing ceremony (Set Design and Execution, Performance Direction) Coordinating with Amin Tarokh.
- 2000 Directing and Execution of 35 relief works from the world's earliest civilizations, Commissioned by "Organization of Culture and Islamic Relations on the occasion of Dialogue Among Civilizations for Tehran International Book Fair.
- 1999 Designing the Tilework, Mirror-Encrusted Stalactite and Molding for Bayt-al-Barakat, Sultan Qaboos' Palace,Oman. Supervised by Bam Citadel Consulting Engineers Co. of Kerman.
- 1999 Execution of 35 Miniatures with Quranic themes, adapted from old master works Commissioned by Ministry of Islamic Guidance for the 7'th Holy Quran Exhibition.
- 1999 Directing and Execution of over 100 Quranic Artworks, Commissioned by Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for the 6th Holy Quran Exhibition, Called " History of Quran Script".
- 1998 Finishing the final sheet of Tile Work design for the " Mihrab of Muscat Great Mosque ( the world's greatest Mosque) Supervised by Bam-Citadel Consulting Engineers Co. of Kerman and Ijad Mohit Co.