Persian Calligraphy Meets Fine-Art


Calligraphy (from Ancient Greek: κάλλος kallos “beauty” + γραφή graphẽ “writing”) is a type of visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke (as opposed to built up lettering, in which the letters are drawn.) A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner” (Mediavilla 1996: 18). The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed(s) and material limitations of a person, time and place (Diringer 1968: 441). A style of writing is described as a script, hand or alphabet (Fraser and Kwiatkowski 2006; Johnston 1909: Plate 6). (source: wikipedia)

In the contemporary art, calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art masterpieces. In fine-art, calligraphy is no more functional or legible but meets the need of the calligrapher to an abstract expression. Here we introduce you Ali Kianmehr, a calligrapher and graphic designer from Iran.


Ali Kianmehr was born in Tehrān, Iran in 1982. He works mainly in calligraphy designing, but includes painting calligraphy on canvases. Kianmehr educated in graphic design, and also completed his BA in Persian calligraphy. He left MFA online graphic design program at Academy of Art Univeristy incomplete in 2008. His calligraphy-painting works included in some exhibitions in Iran like “Tehrān Museum of Contemporary Art”. Kianmehr is working on designing and painting calligraphy, and also teaching calligraphy-painting in Tehran University’s Art and Culture center. More work by the artist at


Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (


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