Artist Morteza Shamissa


Throughout the history of Islam, writing the Holy Script was the original reason for creating Islamic calligraphy. Bahrain based Iranian visual artist Morteza now uses the traditional historical and cultural aesthetics of Islamic calligraphy in new, more modern contemporary contexts.



I was born in 1978. My father was a painter so, even from an early age, I was familiar with the visual arts. When I was eight years old, my father enrolled me in a Persian calligraphy class, and I began learning the art of calligraphy (Nasta'ligh). I continued developing my skills and furthering my experiences in this particular art form and, after graduating high school, continued my education in graphic design at Tehran University.


It was one of my goals to mix words with calligraphy and art, and so graphic design gave me the opportunity to use these words within an artistic, calligraphic style, as ancient objects merging through the centuries. The traditional aesthetics of Islamic calligraphy - based on Islamic culture - has enriched history throughout the centuries, and one of the most important objectives for a Muslim calligrapher is writing as beautifully as possible, the words and meaning of the Quran. This makes calligraphy an important, effective and sacred form of art across the Middle East, as well as within Islamic cultures around the world, and for me, using this heritage in new contexts within contemporary life, is my main goal.


It's really fantastic to see other nationalities and cultures experiencing and enjoying my art, even those who have very little knowledge of the Islamic world, or Islamic art and culture. My art forms pleasant communication between cultures and a united bridge that helps people from all over the world understand our art, history, culture and background. With this kind of artistic communication we could quickly avoid war and hate, intolerance and misunderstanding. My artworks show a beautiful aspect of the Middle East, and of Islamic culture.


Solo Exhibitions
2017 - Calligram Exhibition, Shokouh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2015 - Calligram Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2009 - Calligram Exhibition, Dariush Sharifabadi Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008 - Calligram Exhibition, Haft-Samar Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2004 - Calligram Exhibition, Visual Experiences, Toronto, Canada


Group Exhibitions
2018 – Group Calligram Exhibition, Negar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 – Group Calligram Exhibition, Persian Idea Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 – Sarve- Noghreie, Iranian Graphic Design Biennial, Tehran, Iran
2017 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UE
2017 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Hepta Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Idil Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
2016 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Sareban Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2015 - Iran Arts Now, De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
2015 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Persian Idea Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2015 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Sareban Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2014 - Using Calligraphy in Modern Media, (Workshop and Exhibition), Golestan Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2012 - International Poster Competition, Poster for tomorrow, France
2012 - Tranava Triennial Poster, Slovakia
2008 - Group Calligram Exhibition, Dariush Sharifabadi Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008 - Group Graphic Design Exhibition (Sarv-e-Noghreyee), Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran, Iran
2007 - Tehran International Poster Biennial, Tehran, Iran
2006 - International Monotheistic Religions Poster Exhibition, Tehran, Iran
2002 - Asahi Shimbun, Japan International Photography Salon, Japan
2001- Under Cover- International Photography Exhibition, Belgium
2001 - Calligram Group Exhibition, Tehran Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1995 - Calligraphy Group Exhibition in culture ministry salon, (classic calligraphy), Rasht, Iran


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Morteza Shamissa


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