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Mostafa Assadollahi has had a long and distinguished career as a graphic designer and educator. Born in Tehran in 1950, he is currently a professor and director of the visual communication and photography department at the faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University. Assadollahi’s early enthusiasm for graphic design led him to part-time and volunteer work in his chosen field while still in his teens. In 1968 he began working as a freelancer for several newspapers and magazines as well as graphic design studios. Assadollahi graduated from Tehran University in 1976, and in 1981 he established the Mostafa Assadollahi and Associates Graphic Design Studio, which is still active today. Among his important clients are Tehran University Press, Persian Cultural Heritage Organization, International News Network, United Nations World Food Program, Central Bank of Iran, Asia Insurance Company, and Toshiba Manufactory.

In 1996 he joined the Iranian Graphic Designer Society (IGDS), and for several years he headed its educational committee, and also served as IGDS’ vise president. In 2003, his many outstanding achievements were recognized when he was elected the president of IGDS’s board of directors. Always active in organizing domestic and international graphic design biennials, and exhibitions; he acted either as a selection committee or jury member. In 2002 for the first time ever IGDS organized a graphic design biennial and Assadollahi acted as a role of the general secretary of that exhibit. Through his career, he has participated in over 50 national and international biennale and exhibits, and received several prestigious awards. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Assadollahi’s striking, innovative designs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and printed in several national and international publications. Since 2000, he has presented scholarly papers at conferences on topics such as poster design, logo design, the identity of Iranian graphic art, and urban design. He has also written and published several books and journal articles in the visual communications field. In addition, Assadollahi has directed several national projects related to graphic design.


CV

Mostafa Assadollahi

Born: 1950 (Tehran)

Education :

College of Fine Arts , Tehran ,1971

Graduated from Fine Arts Faculty, University of Tehran, 1976

Professional activities:

  1. -Creative Director of Mostafa Assadollahi Design Studio, since 1980

- Member of Iranian Graphic Design Society (IGDS)

- Professor of Tehran University

-Dean of Visual Communication & Photography Department

-President of IGDS 2002 – 2006

Background:

- Free lance Graphic Designer, 1965 - 1974

  1. -Art Director and Graphic Designer in "Pishro" Advertising Agency, 1974 – 1978

- Graphic Designer in Advertising Agencies, Tehran, 1969 – 1679

- Member of the jury of the First TV Program Festival, 1995

  1. -Member of the 6th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designer Organization Committee, 1999

  2. -Member of the jury of the 6th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1999

  3. -Member of the Organizing Committee of Self-Promotional Posters Exhibition, 2001

- Art director of "Iran, The Immortal Sun" Collection Books, 1995

  1. -General Secretary of the 7th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 2002

  2. -Teaching in Fine Arts Faculty, University of Tehran, University of Art, Al-Zahra University, Azad University, Kish International Campus

  3. -Member of Board of the Organizing Committee of the 8th Tehran International Poster Biennial

  4. -Member of qualifying committee of the 8th Tehran International Poster Biennial

-Member of the jury of 4th & 5th Fajr Poster Festival 2011-2012

Exhibitions:

- Fine Arts School Annual Exhibitions, 1967 - 1970

- 50 Years Graphic Design in Iran, 1976

- The 2nd Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designer, 1989

- Asian Biennial of Children's Book Illustration, 1991

- The 3rd Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1992

- The 4th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1994

- The 5th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1996

- The 6th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1999

- The Self-Promotional Posters Exhibition, 2001

- The 7th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 2002

- Mostafa Assadollahi Drawing Exhibition , Aria Gallery, 2002

- 18th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2002

- Iranian Graphic Designer's Exhibition Echirolles, France, 2002

- Iranian Posters Exhibition Krakof, Poland, 2002

- Iranian Graphic Designer's Exhibition Chaumont, France, 2003

- Iranian Graphic Designer's Exhibition, Belgium, 2004

  1. -The first Iranian Graphic Design and Typography Exhibition in Russia, 2004

- Iranian Typography, Basel, Switzerland, 2007

- The 9th Tehran International Poster Biennial, 2007

  1. -Mostafa Assadollahi Poster Exhibition , Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007

- Iranian Typography, York University, Toronto, 2008

  1. -Mostafa Assadollahi Painting Exhibition , , Mah-Mehr Gallery, Tehran, 2010

  2. -Iranian Poster Designer Exhibition , Harbur Front Center Toronto , 2012

Awards:

  1. -Diploma for Logo Design as a selected work, the 2nd Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1989

  2. -Diploma for Poster Design, the 2nd Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1989

  3. -First prize for Logo Design, the 3rd Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1992

  4. -First prize for Logo Design, the 4th Biennial of Iranian Graphic  Designers, 1994

  5. -First prize for Logo & Poster, the 4th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1994

- First prize for Iranian News Network (INN) Logo Design, 2001