MEHRDAD SHOGHI (B.1972) Untitled
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Signed (lower right) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 150 cm (39 3/8 x 59 1/8 in.) Executed in 2012 Since his young age, Mehrdad Shoghi has been working with calligraphy, in relation to its history. He studied Iranian traditional art and was asked by the Ministry of Culture of Art to reproduce old calligraphic masterpieces, which led him to samples of Quranic manuscripts in Kufic dated A.D 600 to 700. Very inspired, he then dedicated himself to Kufic and Khatt-e-Mehr writting, which he integrated in his canvas for his Bachelor’s degree final projet in Graphic Design in 1988 titled on "A Fresh Look on the Oldest Islamic Script." His subjects feature mainly well-known Iranian Sufi poets such as Rumi, Hafiz and Abdollah Ansari. Exposed in many solo and group exhibits in Iran, Canada, Kuwait, Dubai, Switzerland, France, UK and Turkey, he is also inspired by the work of old masters and ancient scripture.