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Spanish cartoonist wins Golden Tooba at Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts


Source: Tehran Times

Spanish cartoonist David Vela Cervera won the Golden Tooba (Tree of Heaven) in the cartoon section at the 6th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, the organizers announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Picasso & Dali by David Vela Cervera

Yaser Khanbaray from Iran won the prize in the caricature section.

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani and a number of art and cultural figures attended the ceremony, which took place at Vahdat Hall.

Speaking at the ceremony, Jannati said that it is the duty of officials to provide the means to better introduce artistic productions of the country to the world.

He added that prominent Iranian artists especially the youth can bring honor to their country in the international arena.

The winners of the 6th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts and the organizers of the event pose during the closing ceremony at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on February 23, 2014. (IRNA/Seyyed Mohsen Sajjadi)

The winners in other sections were all from Iran (see the winning works).

Fatemeh Shakeri received the Golden Tooba in the painting section.

The calligraphy section was composed of three subsections of nastaliq, shekasteh-nastaliq, and naskh and thulth. Ali Kheiri Habibabadi, Zabihollah Loloii-Mehr and Majid Dastani received the awards in these sections respectively.

The prize in the miniature section was presented to Hossein Habibi, the prize in the gol-o-morgh section was won by Akram Ziaii, and the prize in the illumination section went to Bahram Mehraban-Kordestan.

Majid Ziaii and Mohammad-Ali Sajjadi shared the award in the pottery section.

The Golden Tooba in the sculpture section was given to Amir-Mehdi Ansari and the prize in the illustration section went to Atefeh Malekiju.

The jury also honored artists in the various fields with second and third prizes during the ceremony

The event came to an end with the honoring of six Iranian artists with lifetime achievement awards.

Illustrator Gholamali Maktabi, graphic designer Ebrahim Haqiqi, miniaturist Mohammad-Baqer Aqamiri, cartoonist Javad Alizadeh, sculptor Taher Sheikholhokamaii and painter Iraj Eskandari received the awards from Jannati.

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