Kazem Khorasani

Kazem Khorasani, a highly regarded calligraphy painter originating from Ferdows, Iran, has made an enduring imprint on the global and national art stage. His extraordinary contributions extend across diverse realms, encompassing graphics, design, calligraphy, and fine art, garnering widespread acclaim.

His artistic journey is distinguished not only by his creative accomplishments but also by an unwavering commitment to education, cultural exchange, and the advancement of traditional Kufic calligraphy as a contemporary form of artistic expression.

Kazem Khorasani, a highly regarded calligraphy painter originating from Ferdows, Iran, has made an enduring imprint on the global and national art stage. His extraordinary contributions extend across diverse realms, encompassing graphics, design, calligraphy, and fine art, garnering widespread acclaim.

His artistic journey is distinguished not only by his creative accomplishments but also by an unwavering commitment to education, cultural exchange, and the advancement of traditional Kufic calligraphy as a contemporary form of artistic expression.

Academically, Khorasani stands out with a distinguished journey marked by excellence. Holding a PhD in Art Research and a Masters in Graphic Arts from Tehran University of the Arts, he also serves as an advisor to the President of the Eqbal Lahori Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad and is the Director of the Visual Communication Master’s program.

Beyond his academic pursuits, Khorasani demonstrates a deep commitment to education, generously sharing his expertise through workshops and lectures conducted at various universities, both domestically and internationally. His literary contributions of six books spanning the fields of branding, graphics, and calligraphy are widely acclaimed.

In 2015, Khorasani’s artistic career reached a pivotal juncture when he was awarded the opportunity to study at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, facilitated by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran. This international exposure played a crucial role in shaping his artistic vision, infusing depth and nuance into his work.

With an impressive portfolio of 15 solo exhibitions and participation in over 150 group exhibitions, Khorasani has showcased his work to audiences in France, Italy, Turkey, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Lebanon, Qatar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Tehran, and the UAE.

As a member of esteemed artistic associations, including the The Iranian Visual Development Centre  and the Association of Artists in Paris, France,  Khorasani’s leadership roles extend to serving as the President and founder of the Ferdows branch of the Iranian Calligraphers Association.

Khorasani continues to make significant contributions to the cultural and artistic fabric. His involvement in judging provincial and national cultural and artistic festivals underscores his dedication to fostering artistic excellence. As DCFA expands our roster of International artists, we are pleased to be showing Khorasani’s work in Canada for the first time.

Glossary:

Calligraphy: fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes

Kufic: noting or pertaining to the characters of the Arabic alphabet. the Kufic alphabet.

Farsi: (ˈfɑːrsi) noun. the modern Iranian language of Iran and western Afghanistan, written in the Arabic alphabet; modern Persian.

“In my works, a profound abstract emotionalism unfolds—an exploration born from the depths of my being over years, demanding a space for emergence within the boundless world of art. I view each painting as a performance that liberates me from constraints and allows flight, much like a bird breaking free from its cage.

This artistic journey imprints my emotions on the white canvas, with the intent of evoking unknown and intimate feeling in the observer. At the tip of my instrument, ideas reside that are beyond cultivated and induced thoughts.  A sort of dance take place on the paper or canvas that brims with spontaneity and rhythm, whispering romantic tunes.

My art is a celebration of liberation, a portrayal of emotions unshackled from the “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts,” inviting viewers to connect with the untamed and uncharted territories of the human experience.” (translated from Farsi)