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Prominent Iranian graphist Morteza Momayez passes away

Tehran, Nov 26, IRNA-The prominent Iranian graphist, Morteza Momayez, known as the father of national graphic arts, passed away at Tehran's Aban Hospital on Friday night after suffering from lung and respiratory disorders for a long time.

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According to a report released by the Public Relations Department of the Art Forum, the artist had been hospitalized since November 14, 2005.

Momayez was born in 1936. He graduated from Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts, in 1965 while majoring in painting.

He continued his higher studies in Paris Fine Arts Institute majoring in interior design and architecture. Upon graduation, he started his career as an illustrator and graphist.

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Over the past 45 years, Momayez was the art and graphic manager of a number of highly reputable literary and cultural periodicals, carried out the stage and garment design for 14 plays and two feature films.

He is referred to by a great number of Iranian artists and art-lovers of the new generation as the father of graphic arts.

A well-known Iranian painter, Aydeen Aghdashlou, told IRNA that prior to Momayez, logo had no meaning in Iran's graphic arts.

"He played a decisive role in establishment, development and promotion of faculties of graphic arts as well as training a generation of first-degree artists," he added.

Another painter and illustrator, Parviz Kalantari, said that Momayez founded modern illustration in Iran at the height of conflict between modernists and trandionalists in plastic and graphic arts.

"Disregard for the established rules and turning to modern methods of expression and illustration are quite evident in all of the artworks of the late artist," added Kalantari.

The outstanding animator, Noureddin Zarrin-Kelk said that Momayez was responsible for the integrated and dynamic movement in the field of graphic arts, which attracted a great number of Iranian graphists.

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Besides graphic arts, he produced three short films. However, he mainly focused his energy on illustration. In 2003, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts held an exhibition of his artworks, during which he was honored for 40 years of active work in the domain of art.

He has left behind six books on graphic arts and several international prizes.

The 5,000-rial and 10,000-rial paper bills currently in circulation were designed by Momayez.

He was also responsible for the illustrations of the Book of the Week published in the 1960s, whose editor in chief was the famous Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou.

Meanwhile, Iran's Graphic Arts Union was founded by him.

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