Morteza Momayez, Iranian Graphic Designer, 1936 - 2005
November 26, 2005, from Hassan Karimzadeh, Amirali Ghasemi, Majid Abbasi
With great sadness I pass on the news that our friend Morteza Momayez, Iranian Graphic Design Master, died
last night, November 25, 2005 at 23:30 Friday Tehran time in a hospital, after a long illness.
Iranian Student News Agency (in iranian)
Haditoons (in iranian)
Iran News, obituary, burial
8. Tehran International Poster Biennial 2004
Obituary from the Iranian Graphic Designers Society
Farewell to great master
Morteza Momayez , August 26, 1936 Tehran - November 25, 2005 Tehran
Morteza Momayez died on November 25, Friday night at 23:30 in Tehran in Aban hospital, leaving Iran's art and culture with a great loss. Morteza Momayez dedicated his fruitful life to almost all categories of Iranian contemporary visual arts especially graphic design and he was so influential in them. Iranian contemporary graphic design could develop because of his uninterrupted effort and management therefore, it would be right to call him "The Father of Iranian Graphic Design".
He graduated in painting from The Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Tehran and he himself introduced graphic design in the same faculty, teaching there since 1968 as well as other reputable faculties. He was one of the founders of Iranian Graphic Design Society (IGDS), a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), president of Tehran International Poster Biennial, Editor-in-chief of "Neshan", Iranian graphic design magazine and was in charge of many cultural institutes, exhibitions and graphic design publications, building a good relationship between graphic design in Iran and in the world. The list of his artistic and cultural activities easily fills 10 pages which can be found in the introduction of his book "Signs", making his place of stand out of reach.
Morteza Momayez was one of the most eminent artistic and cultural
figures of our time in Iran. Concerning inclusiveness, effectiveness,
management and commitment; he was a perfect artist and a unique
teacher. Although he is forever missed in the field of Iranian graphic
design, the way which he began with great effort, fondness and
perseverance will be followed by his numerous students and colleagues.
Né à Téhéran, dans une famille de tradition artistique, diplômé de la Faculté des Beaux-Arts de Téhéran, il a poursuivi sa formation à l'École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris de 1964 à 1968. De retour en Iran, il a développé une activité débordante dans de multiples domaines, affiches, livres, édition et décor de théâtre. En 1975, il devient le premier iranien membre de l'AGI (Alliance graphique internationale). Nombre d'institutions et de villes lui doivent leur logo, généralement développé à partir de la typographie perse. Figure incontournable du graphisme iranien, et mondiale, professeur vénéré, il a encouragé l'émergence des nouvelles tendances, des nouveaux talents qui reconnaissent tous son rôle déterminant.
Alain Le Quernec écrivait pour l'exposition «un cri persan»:
Pour que naisse un mouvement, il faut des circonstances, mais il faut aussi
et avant tout des personnes, Morteza était de ceux là.
It is a sad loss to all of us. And yet it may be comforting to know that for his friends, Momayez¹s design and intellectual legacy, his laughter and his warm friendship are forever with us...
"We never lose the ones we love for, even though they¹re gone, within the hearts of those who care, their memory lingers on."