ARTIST BIO

Mohsen Meysami is a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Meysami completed a PhD in FIne Arts at RMIT University in 2019 with a thesis titled Nearness and Distance; Exploring the notion of indifference through the lens of Middle Eastern traditional arts. Through studio explorations and theoretical investigations, the project examined how Middle Eastern traditional arts could be used for making new artworks that address the complex issues of wars and the suffering they inflict on people’s lives. Meysami is interested in utilising a variety of mediums including, drawing, textile, and graphic art. His artworks range from intricate bead-works on found Persian Kilims to site-specific thread installations and public art projects.

Beside from his passion for art, Meysami leads a successful career as a graphic designer. He has received his B.A. and M.A. in Graphic Design and has worked as a professional graphic designer since 2003. Winner of the first prize for The Iranian Art Students Competition in 2003, he has also received the highest honor and was awarded recognition for The Iranian Young Graphic Designers Competition in 2009. Meysami has continued to work as a graphic designer in Australia, predominantly working freelance with a multitude of clients. Some notable projects include identity and branding for West Vision Homes, Bespoke Living and Amazing Iran. In 2019 he was commissioned to design The South Australian National Football League multicultural football.

Meysami has exhibited in Australia and internationally and his work is held in public and private collections. His works have been selected as finalist in a number of awards including the Arte Laguna Venice 2018, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2018, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, and Incinerator Art Award. In 2017, he won the Footscray Art Prize 2017 Tertiary Award.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Visual Artist and Graphic Designer

 

EDUCATION

2016—2019          PhD in Fine Arts, RMIT University, Australia

2009—2011          M.A. in Graphic Design, AZAD University of Art & Architecture, Tehran, Iran

2004—2006          B.A. in Graphic Design, Enghelab Technical Education Centre, Tehran, Iran

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL CAREER HISTORY

2019­

Lecturer, Graphic Design and Visual Arts, Art and Architecture University, Yazd, Iran

  • Teaching a range of subjects from Poster Design, Layout, and Typography to Advertising and Creativity in Visual Arts.

2010—Present

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist / Freelance Graphic Designer

  • MAN IS STUPID series of artworks printed on t-shirts (Screen printing and Digital printing)
  • SANFL’s Multicultural Football. South Australian National Football League: In 2019 I was commissioned to design a multicultural football as part of the SANFL’s multicultural program that aimed to celebrate cultures connected through the game of Aussie Rules footy.
  • Visual identities for several companies (e.g. West Vision Homes, Bespoke Living , WA Painting Group, 5 Napkins Burger, Amazing Iran)
  • Website Design
  • Infographic for research projects
  • Contributed to several successful advertising campaigns for some of Iranian iconic brands (e.g. EN Bank, Parsian Insurance, etc.)

2013—2014

Graphic Designer, Minuteman Press, Perth, Western Australia

2012—2013

Graphic Designer, Red Bird Creative

2006—2010

Senior Graphic Designer and Advertising Specialist, Saman Bank, Iran

I have been awarded Saman Bank’s employee of the year in 2008 and have received several appreciation letters from Saman Bank’s CEO for executing successful advertising campaigns.

2005—2011

Founder and Head of Creative Department, Dot Graphic Designers Atelier, Iran

Dot Graphic Designers Atelier is a creative studio working on digital and print media.

 

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2019          Guest speaker, Turquoise Shadows conference; Methods of presenting in new arts, Iran

2019          Jury member, Turquoise Shadows conference; Methods of presenting in new arts, Iran

2019          Presentation and talk, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Australia

2018          Guest speaker, Artwork or Art Project?!, Art and Architecture University, Yazd, Iran

2017          Artist talk, First Site Art Gallery, Australia

2017          Presentation and talk, Indifference, Art and Architecture University, Yazd, Iran

2017          Guest speaker, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Artists’ Forum, Australia

 

AWARDS/ GRANTS

2020          Finalist for 2020 Australian Muslim Artists Award

2019          Finalist for 2019 Australian Muslim Artists Award

2018          Highly Commended for Blacktown City Art Prize

2018          Finalist for Fisher’s Ghost Art Award

2018          RMIT HDR Travel Grant

2018          Finalist for Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy

2018          Finalist for Craft Biennale Scotland

2017          RMIT Creative Funding

2017          Artland Billboard grant, Brunswick, Melbourne

2017          Artland Public Art Show grant, Brunswick, Melbourne

2017          Finalist for the 2017 Incinerator Art Award

2017          Finalist for the 2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award

2017          Winner, Footscray Art Prize 2017, Tertiary Award

2015          Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020          Nearness and Distance, Site Eight Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019          Australian Muslim Artists Award Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2019          Looking-Looking Away, Solo Exhibition, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Australia

2018          Sit, See, Not See, Solo Exhibition, Iran

2018          On Walking Away, Curated exhibition, Venice, Italy

2018          Pop! Reflections on Popular Culture, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Australia

2018          Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

2018          Fisher’s Ghost Art Award Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

2018          Zahhak, Group Exhibition, Iran

2018          Australian Muslim Artists, Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne, Australia

2018          On Drawing, Invitational Exhibition, Hui Gallery, New Asia College, CUHK, Hong Kong

2018          WELCOME-NOT WELCOME, Solo exhibition, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

2018          FLG Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

2018          Arte Laguna Prize Exhibition, Venice, Italy

2018          The edges and in between, Group exhibition, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2017          Scream!, Solo Exhibition, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2017          Incinerator Art Award Exhibition, Incinerator Art Gallery, Australia

2017          Between the devil and the deep blue sea, Solo Exhibition, Langford 120 Gallery, Australia

2017          Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Exhibition, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Australia

2017          Footscray Art Prize Exhibition, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

2017          Faryad Solo Exhibition, Iran

2015          NAMAYESHGAH Group Exhibition, Iran

2015          Bokosh Bokosh, Solo Exhibition, Iran

 

COLLECTIONS

  • Islamic Museum of Australia
  • Wangaratta Art Gallery, Australia
  • Private collections, Iran

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