Pejman Rahimizadeh

Pejman Rahimizadeh

He was born in 1970 and is one of the most recognized Iranian illustrators, painters, and graphic designers.

Rahimizadeh’s illustrations take children beyond the illustrations and as far as the imagination allows, to worlds full of mystery, creativity, and beauty. Each of his books, although distinctly marked with his signature style, is unique in technique and mood. His use of rhythm in lines and dots, symbolic elements, traditional Persian motifs, and various angles, together with experimentation with proportion and size give his illustrations a dynamic and innovative touch, something particular to his style. By refraining to use true-to-life proportions and perspective, he creates a work reminiscent of Iranian traditional painting. Imaginative stories with surreal narratives happening in mythical lands are some of his core interests; his work on the books Arash, Mah Pishani of Our Story, Rostam and Esfandiyar, Sultan and the Deer, and A Friend is Never Lost nor is an Enemy attest to this interest.

Pejman Rahimizadeh has illustrated over sixty children’s and young adult books as well as approximately 500 book covers. He is a versatile artist with vast theoretical knowledge and practical experience who makes his works consonant with the demands of today’s young generation. Rahimizadeh is true to his roots and adheres to the traditions of Iranian children’s books illustration. He has made a significant contribution to the advancement of children’s illustration both within Iran and on an international level. He has graced the walls of well-known national and international galleries with his illustrations and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including being selected for the 2004 IBBY Honour List.

Professional Activities:

  • Jury Member, Children and Youth Painting and Caricature Festival, Iran (2006)
  • Jury Member, Art and Security Festival, Iran (2007)
  • Selection Board Member, Illustrators Book of the Year, Iran (2009)
  • Jury Member and Secretary, Illustration Section, Azadegan Visual Arts Festival, Iran (2010)
  • Jury Member, Illustration Section, 4th Fajr Visual Arts Festival, Iran (2011)
  • Selection Board Member, Tehran Municipality Nowrooz Festival (2012)
  • Jury Member, Illustration Section, International Besmellah Festival, Iran (2013)
  • Selection Board Member, 6th Tehran Illustration Biennial (2013)
  • Selection Board and Jury Member, Illustration Section, 6th Fajr Visual Arts Festival (2013)
  • Selection Board and Jury Member, Didar-e Nou Urban Graphics Festival, Tehran (2013)
  • Jury Member, Illustration Section, Children’s Book Council Awards (2014)
  • Selection Board and Jury Member, Dadar-e Nou Urban Graphics Festival, Tehran (2014)
  • Jury Member, Selection of Iran’s Exemplary Publisher (2015)
  • Jury Member, Koranic Books Illustration (2015)
  • Jury Member, Illustration Section, 9th Ashourai Art of Mourning (2015)
  • Over 15 Years of Instructing specialized illustration-related academic courses in various universities

Awards:

  • 1996
    Winner of the prize and honorary diploma for cover design; the fifth book festival at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults 
    Winner of the award and honorary diploma of illustration; the book festival at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults
    Winner of Special Prize and Appreciation Award from the fifth biannual of Graphic Designers
  • 1999
    Winner of the prize and Crystal Pen of Illustration; Sixth National Press Festival
  • 2000
    Winner of the first prize and honorary diploma of illustration; sixth international exhibition of the Holy Quran
  • 2001
    Winner of the first prize and appreciation award; press festival of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults
  • 2002
    Recipient of the honorary diploma of illustration; Asian Illustrators' Competition, Japan (BAIJ)
    Winner of the prize and Crystal Pen of Illustration; Ninth National Press Festival
    Winner of the prize and honorary diploma from the Writers' Association of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults
    Winner of the prize and appreciation award for illustration; the tenth book festival at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults
  • 2003
    Recipient of the appreciation award from the first Book Cover Design Exhibition and Competition
    Recipient of the honorary diploma from the Children's Book Council
    Recipient of the acknowledgement award from the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance; Graphic Designers' biennial Exhibition
  • 2004
    Recipient of the honorary diploma of illustration; International Competition of Books for Young Adults (IBBY)
  • 2005
    Winner of the prize and Crystal Pen of Illustration; Twelfth National Press Festival
  • 2006
    Recipient of the honorary diploma of illustration from the association of children's books publishers for three titles; first Best Book Festival
    Winner of the first prize and appreciation award for book cover design; tenth Holy Defense Festival for Book of the Year
    Winner of the first prize and appreciation award for book cover design; thirteenth National Press Festival
    Winner of the first prize and appreciation award for book cover design; the first Perseverance Festival
    Winner of prize and appreciation award for poster design; the first National Festival of Perseverance Fine Arts
  • 2007
    Recipient of appreciation award; the second biennial of Posters for the Islamic World
    Winner of the third prize for book cover design; fourteenth national press festival
    Winner of first prize and appreciation award; the third Illustration Festival for curricular books of the ministry of education
  • 2008
    Winner of the award and honorary diploma of illustration; seventeenth book festival of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults
  • 2009
    Winner of first prize and appreciation award; twelfth festival of Islamic books
    Recipient of the honorary diploma for the best book illustration (2008) from the Children's Book Council
  • 2010
    Winner of prize and appreciation award for book cover design; fifteenth Holy Defense Festival for Book of the Year
    Recipient of the honorary diploma for the best book illustration (2009) from the Children's Book Council
  • 2013
    Winner of first prize for book cover design; first biennial of literature festival of Kaam-e Yousef

Domestic Exhibitions:

  • International Exhibition of Children's Books Illustration,Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran (1994)
  • The Graphic Designers' Biennial Group Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran (1996)
  • International Exhibition of Islamic World Posters, Saba Gallery, Tehran
  • International Exhibition of Children's Books Illustration, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran (1999)
  • Group Exhibition of the Sixth International Conference for the Holy Quran, Hijab Gallery, Tehran
  • Group Exhibition of the Illustrations for Religious Texts, Hijab Gallery, Tehran (2002)
  • Group Exhibition of members of the illustrators' association, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2003)
  • Group Exhibition of members of the illustrators' association, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2004)
  • International Biennial of Islamic World Posters, Saba Gallery, Tehran (2005)
  • Group Exhibition of the national festival of fine arts, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran (2005)
  • Group Exhibition of members of the illustrators' association, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2005)
  • Exhibition for the World Prize of Monotheistic Religions, International Poster Design Competition, Imam Ali Museum, Tehran (2006)
  • Group Biannual Exhibition of Islamic World Paintings, Saba Gallery, Tehran (2006)
  • Group Exhibition of Dictionary Illustrations, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2006)
  • Solo painting exhibition, Zangaar Gallery, Tehran (2006)
  • Group Exhibition of Simorgh Illustrations, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2006)
  • Group Exhibition of Iranian Literature Masterpieces, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran (2007)
  • Ashura Poster Exhibition, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2007)
  • Group Exhibition of Children's Posters, University of Fine Arts, Tehran (2007)
  • Group Exhibition of Manual Print, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2007)
  • Group Exhibition of Illustrators' Association, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2008)
  • Group Exhibition of Fajr Afarinan Illustrations, Saba Gallery, Tehran (2008)
  • Group Exhibition of Illustration, "Colorful Generation", Laleh Gallery, Tehran (2009)
  • Group Exhibition of Posters, Azadegan Fine Arts Festival, Saba Gallery, Tehran (2010)
  • Group Exhibition, Illustration week, Khaneh Honarmandan, Tehran (2010)

International Exhibitions

  • Nippon International Caricature Exhibition, Japan (1994)
  • Andromeda International Caricature Exhibition, Italy (1994)
  • International Illustration Exhibition (BIB), Bratislava, Slovakia (2001)
  • International Illustration Exhibition (BAIJ), Japan (2002)
  • International Illustration Exhibition (BIB), Bratislava, Slovakia (2003)
  • International Illustration Exhibition (BIB), Bratislava, Slovakia (2005)
  • Szatrican Illustration Exhibition, Poland (2006)
  • International Illustration Exhibition, Munich Library, Germany (2007)
  • International Illustration Exhibition (BIB), Bratislava, Slovakia (2007)
  • Illustration Exhibition (CJ), South Korea (2009)
  • Group Exhibition of Iranian Illustrators, Italy (2009)
  • International Illustration Exhibition, Tokyo Library, Japan (2009)
  • Szatrican Illustration Exhibition, Poland (2010)
  • International Illustration Exhibition (BIB), Bratislava, Slovakia (2011)
Childhood

Pejman Rahimizadeh (b. 1970) Childhood

Signed Acrylic on canvas

Fashion

Pejman Rahimizadeh (b. 1970) Fashion

Signed Mixed media on montval paper

Femininity

Pejman Rahimizadeh (b. 1970) Femininity

Signed Acrylic on canvas

Her Eyes

Pejman Rahimizadeh (b. 1970) Her Eyes

Signed Mixed media on montval paper

Women Transparency

Pejman Rahimizadeh (b. 1970) Women Transparency

Signed, 2015 Acrylic on canvas

No exhibition at CAMA Gallery.

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