Pejman Rahimizadeh

Pejman Rahimizadeh

 

Iran

 

Pejman Rahimizadeh received a Masters degree in Visual Communication from the Art and Architecture department of the Azad University in Tehran. He has worked in advertising, magazine publishing and the printing industry and is now a professor and freelance graphic artist and illustrator. He has illustrated over sixty children’s and young adults’ books and designed almost 500 book covers. A versatile artist, he uses brilliant, transparent watercolours to create characters, and repeated dots, lines and objects to provide dynamism in the drawing. Pejman Rahimizideh uses signs and symbols from Iranian visual culture - paintings, stone inscriptions, architecture and decorative art - to illustrate many of Iran’s mystical and historical tales. These elements can be seen in the illustrations for Sultan wa Ahoo by Nãser Gilaki (The king and the deer, 2007) and Arash: Hekate Tir Andakhtan-e Mard-e Ghessegoo by Marjan Fouladvand (Arash: the tale of archery of the storytelling man, 2012). His work Divãneh wa Chah by Mohammad Reza Shams (The mad man and the well, 2001) was selected for the IBBY Honour List 2004. His most recent work is the story of Rostam and Esfandiar by Marjan Fouladvand (2014) for which he has received the Certificate of Honour for Illustration from the Children’s Book Council of Iran and a Golden Plaque at the Sharjah Illustrations Exhibition.