About The Artist

He was supposed to be born in Khorramshahr; but beginning of war and occupation of the city destined Amin Aghaei to be born in war displacements and in 1982 in Isfahan.
Amin spent his childhood in Isfahan, Yazdanshahr, Najaf Abad, Naft Sefid …. After nearly four years of migration and homelessness, his family chose to live in Ahvaz. Relaxed living in Ahvaz and gradually keeping his distance of homelessness, urged Amin to choose drawing as a way to show his thoughts. Before this, painting was an entertainment for him to escape from the hard times of war and homelessness. This decision changed Amin’sway of life.
Not so free social-political atmosphere, and military spirit predominance over civic atmosphere during the years after the war in Iran and especially in Khuzestan caused Amin Aghaei to draw cartoons along his paintings. He could express his critical untolds through these the same cartoons. This critical aspect of art of drawing cartoons also flowed into his paintings, and much of his works enjoyed some kind of meaningful humor in their contexts. Amin began his media collaboration with local press in his teens which led him to extend it to a continued cooperation with national and foreign press. In years of his collaboration with the press, he closely became aware of people’s way of living, and their cultural and social shortcomings. The desire to understand the contemporary history of Khuzestan province and his homeland Iran which is a part of his challenges, began during this period of time.
Amin Aghaei in most of his works viewed the social, political and even environmental problems with a critical and thought-provoking look. The same reason has made Amin’s work as a resource for semiotic analysis of social history of Iran in the past years.
He is currently engaged in drawing, making sculptures, and teaching art alongside his other artistic activities at his personal studio in Tehran.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF ART, TEHRAN, IRAN
Bachelor of Painting, 02.2010 – 02.2014

Activities

TEHRAN MUNICIPALITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
Painting on Large Egg in Iranian New year’s Day (Nowrouz) Ceremony,
• 03.2019 – 04.2019
• 03.2018 – 04.2018

“IRANIAN ARTISTS AND THEIR PRECEPTION OF MEXICO EXHIBITION”, TEHRAN, IRAN
Cultural Section of Mexico Embassy, 12.2018

TEHRAN ANIMATION WALK, TEHRAN, IRAN
“Animation Experiment” Collective in Collaboration with Asifa – Iran and New Media Society, 11.2018
• www.newmediasoc.com/AnimationWalk

GROUP DRAWING EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at 7 Samar Gallery, 05.2018

SOLO EXHIBITION UNDER THE TITLE OF “TAJROBEH (EXPERIENCE)”, SHIRAZ, FARS, IRAN
Held at Naranj Gallery, 01.2018-02.2018

“7.3 RICHTER” GROUP PAINTING EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at White Line Art Gallery, 12.2017
• Selling Visual Art, Painting and Sculptures in Order to Support Kermanshah Earthquake Survivors

“1001 UNDER GLAZE PLATES (1001 PLATES) GROUP EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Shirin Gallery, 11.2016

“IN KHANEH (THIS HOUSE)” GROUP VISUAL EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Iranshahr Gallery, 09.2016

SATYRYKON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, LEGNICA, POLAND
As a Member of Jury, 02.2016

GROUP PORTRAIT EXHIBITION UNDER THE TITLE OF “CHARACTERISTIC”, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Vista Art Gallery, 12.2015

“I AM LOOKING AT YOU THROUGH THE CRACK OF DOOR (AZ POSHT-E SHEKAF-E DAR BE TO NEGAH MIKONAM)” EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
AUN Gallery, 05.2015

“THE GREAT GAME 56TH INTERNATIONAL VENICE BIENNIAL”, VENICE, ITALY
My Art Works Presented there, 05.2015

“PAPER” GROUP EXHIBITION, DUBAI, UAE
My Art Works Presented there, 04.2015

“BEYOND BOUNDARIES (ANIMATION IN NEW ART)” 9TH TEHRAN ANIMATION BIANNUAL GROUP EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
03.2015

NOWROUZ (PERSIAN NEW YEAR) GROUP EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at AUN Gallery, 03.2015

“THE JOINT PROJECT OF IRAN AND RIO” EXHIBITION, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Held at Largo Gallery, 09.2014

“LARGO RIO DE JANEIRO” WORKSHOP, EXHIBITION, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Won fund of Prince Claus in Art Residency, 09.2014 – 09.2014
• Elected by Bernardo José de Souza (curator), Daniela Labra (crítica de arte e curadora), Ernesto Neto (artista),
• Marta Mestre (curadora do Instituto Inhotim – MG) e Miguel Sayad (diretor do Largo das Artes)

“SALTZAMT ATELIER HOUSE”, LINZ, AUSTRIA
Won fund of Saltzamt Claus in Art Residency, 08.2014 – 08.2014
• The Saltzamt Atelier house is a cultural institution in the city of Linz, Austria since mid-2009. Their goal is to promote international artist exchange program in the field of fine Arts.

“REVIEW OF A DECADE OF VIDEO ART IN IRAN” EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Iranian Artist Forum Gallery, 01.2014

THE SECOND SELLING WORKS EXHIBITION OF DIFFERENT IRANIAN GENERATIONS OF PAINTERS, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Laleh Art Gallery, 10.2013 – 11.2013

“SECOND PAINTING & SCULPTURE ANNUAL” GROUP EXHIBITION OF IRANIAN ARTIST’S FORUM (YEAR 2), TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Forum Gallery, 10.2013

“PAYKAN AN IRANIAN AUTOMOBILE” GROUP EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at AUN Gallery, 09.2013
• My Installation Art Work under the title of “North Trip Memories” Exhibited there. It was Acrylic on Paykan Automobile Hood

SOLO PAINTINGS EXHIBITION UNDER THE TITLE OF “LABE KAROUN (AT THE KARUN’S BANK)”, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at AUN Gallery, 02. 2013 – 03.2013

CARTOON AND CARICATUR STUDIO WORKSHOP, LAR, FARS, IRAN
Training Workshop for Cartoon and Caricature Students, 11.2012

BOOM VA BAREKAT NATIONAL VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL, SHIRAZ, FARS, IRAN
As a jury, 05.2012

4th FAJR VISUAL ARTS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, TEHRAN, IRAN
As a Member of jury, 01.2012

SOLO CARTOON EXHIBITION, PABIANIKA, POLAND
My Art Works Presented in Pabianika Gallery, 12.2011

38TH PIRACICABA HUMOR FESTIVAL, PIRACICABA, BRAZIL
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 08. 2011
• Achieved 1st prize

SOLO CARTOON EXHIBITION, KREMNICA, SLOVAKIA
My Art Works Presented at Kremnica Jewelry Museum, 08.2011

“ANTI-TERRORISM”, INTERNATIONAL CARTOON CONTEST, TEHRAN, IRAN
As a Member of Jury, 08.2011

“50 YEARS JOURNALISM OF FRANCE” EXHIBITION, PARIS, FRANCE
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 04.2011

SATYRYKON EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Vije Gallery, 02.2011 – 03.2011
• Under Supervision of Legnica Culture Center

3RD FAJR VISUAL ARTS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, TEHRAN, IRAN
Visiting artists, 02.2011- 03.2011

“EDUCATIONAL STUDIES AND ATTENDING THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN RIGHTS” WORKSHOP-CONFRENCE AND EXHIBITION, NANTES, FRANCE
Held at Carquefou-Nantes Ridep, 01.2011

AHVAZ MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS EXHIBITION, AHVAZ, KHUZESTAN, IRAN
08.2010
• My Art works Preserved and exhibited in this museum

“WORLD PRESS CARTOON” EXHIBITION, LISBON, PORTUGAL
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 07.2010

SOLO ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Ideh Gallery, 01.2010

“AYDIN DOGAN” FESTIVAL, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
10.2009
• Achieved 2nd place and won special prize of CNN News Agency (Turkey Branch)

KADIR UNIVERSITY STUDIO WORKSHOP, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
My Art Works Elected by Aydin Dogan Foundation and executed in this Workshop, 10.2009

“WORLD PRESS CARTOON” EXHIBITION, LISBON, PORTUGAL
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 07.2009

“SATYRYKON INTERNATIONAL” FESTIVAL, LEGNICA, POLAND
06.2009
• Achieved 2nd prize, Silver medal

CAR CARICATURE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS, TEHRAN, IRAN
05.2009
• Achieved 3rd place and winning the prize

HANDICAPS POSTER AND CARICATURE FESTIVAL, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Pardis-e Mellat, 03.2009
• Achieved the 1st place and winning the prize

9TH INTERNATIONAL CARICATURE BIENNIAL EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
Policy making (The most important event of cartoons and caricatures in Iran and Middle East), Held at house of caricature, 02.2009

“NATIONAL OLYMPIC AND PARA-OLYMPIC ACADEMY” 4TH EXHIBITION OF ART, TEHRAN, IRAN
12.2008
• Achieved 3rd place and special prize

4TH HONAR-E JAVAN (YOUTH ART) FESTIVAL, TEHRAN, IRAN
12.2008
• Achieved 3rd place and winning the prize

“RETROFITTING”, 1ST INTERNATIONAL CARTOON FESTIVAL, TABRIZ, E. AZERBAIJAN, IRAN
As a Member of Jury, 09.2008

ESTAMP INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, BELGARDE, SERBIA
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 07.2008
• Awarded honorary Diploma

KNOKKE-HEIST FESTIVAL EXHIBITION, KNOKKE, BELGIUM
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 07.2008

KERMAN NATIONAL CARTOON FESTIVAL, KERMAN, IRAN
As a Member of Jury, 07.2008

ELECTRICITY MANAGEMENT CARICATURE FESTIVAL, ESFAHAN, IRAN
As a member of Jury, 07.2008

“WORLD PRESS CARTOON” EXHIBITION, LISBON, PORTUGAL
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 07.2008

ANDRZEJ TOMIALOJC FOUNDATION SATYRYKON FESTIVAL, LEGNICA, POLAND
Achieved the special award, 06.2008

3RD INTERNATIONAL CARTOON FESTIVAL OF ANADOLU, ANATOLIA, TURKEY
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 06.2008

PORTO CARTOON WORLD FESTIVAL, PORTO, PORTUGAL
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 06.2008

9TH KHUZESTAN VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL, AHVAZ, KHUZESTAN, IRAN
As a Member of Jury, 03.2008

MAROSTICA FESTIVAL, VICENZA, ITALY
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 02.2008
• Achieved special award

“SUPPORTING STREET CHILDREN”, 1ST INTERNATIONAL CARTOON CONTEST, TEHRAN, IRAN
As a Jury, Held at Tehran House of Caricature, 02.2008

SINGLE-DAY MEETING ON FACE CARICATURE, AHVAZ, KHUZESTAN, IRAN
Ahvaz Visual Art Association, 01.2008

MEETING ON CARICATURE, TABRIZ, E. AZERBAIJAN, IRAN
Tabriz Cartoon Museum, 01.2008

“ANTI-WAR ARTISTS GROUP EXHIBITION”, NEW YORK, USA
Society of American Illustrators, My Art Works Presented at Illustrators Museum of America, 01.2008

GUANGXI CARTOON FESTIVAL (GXCC), GUANGZHOU, CHINA
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 12.2007
• 2nd place and winning prize

“GRAPHICS AND HUMOR” GROUP EXHIBITION, VALENCIA, SPAIN
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 11.2007

WESTERN IRAN CARICATURE FESTIVAL, BUKAN, IRAN
11.2007
• 2nd place and Winning the Prize

24TH DELL UMORISMO NELL ARTE BIENALLE FESTIVAL, TOLENTINO, ITALY
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 10.2007

“WORLD PRESS CARTOON” EXHIBITION, LISBON, PORTUGAL
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 07.2007

“SATYRYKON INTERNATIONAL” FESTIVAL, LEGNICA, POLAND
06.2007
• Achieved 2nd prize, Silver medal

GABROVA MUSEUM EXHIBITION, GABROVO, BULGARIA
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition and Two Cartoons were kept in Gabrovo Museum, Bulgaria, 05.2007

RADIO CARICATURE BIENNIAL FESTIVAL, MASHHAD, RAZAVI KHORASAN, IRAN
8TH International Festival of IRIB, 05.2007
• Securing the 1st place

FZSZINATION AUTO FESTIVAL, STUTTGART, GERMANY
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 05.2007

CARTOON EDUCATIONAL STUDIO WORKSHOP, MASHHAD, RAZAVI KHORASAN, IRAN
Mashhad Artistic District, 05.2007

ZAMEK-GAZETA FESTIVAL, KOZUCHOW, POLAND
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 02.2007
• Achieved the Individual Prize

15TH CUBA HUMOR GRAPHIC CUBA PRESS BIENNALE FESTIVAL, HAVANA, CUBA
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 02.2007
• Achieved 2nd place and winning prize

8TH INTERNATIONAL CARICATURE BIENNALE, TEHRAN, IRAN
Policy making (The most important event of cartoons and caricatures in Iran and Middle East), Held at House of Caricature, 02.2007

“AYDIN DOGAN” FESTIVAL, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 11.2006
• Achieved special award of the Radical Newspaper of Turkey
• Achieved Second Prize of D Channel TV of Turkey

TEHRAN INTERNATIONAL HUMOR FESTIVAL, TEHARN, IRAN
Held at Ministry of Interior Hall, 11.2006
• Achieved 2nd place and winning prize

“DICACO”15TH DAEJEON FESTIVAL, DAEJEON, S. KOREA
My Art Works Presented in Daejeon Ministry of Interior Hall, 11.2006
• Achieved 3rd place and winning Bronz prize

ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ILLUSTRATORS GROUP EXHIBITION, TEHRAN, IRAN
11.2006

TURKEY JURNALISTS ASSOCIATION CORUM, ANKARA, TURKEY
My Art Works Presented there, 08.2006
• Achieved special award of the cartoonists

KNOKKE-HEIST FESTIVAL EXHIBITION, KNOKKE, BELGIUM
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition, 07.2006

PORTO CARTOON WORLD FESTIVAL, PORTO, PORTUGAL
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 07.2006

FZSZINATION FUSSBALL FESTIVAL, STUTTGART, GERMANY
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 05.2006

PERSIAN GULF CARTOON FESTIVAL, TREHRAN, IRAN
12.2005
• Honorary Diploma

7TH INTERNATIONAL CARTOON BIENNIAL, TEHRAN, IRAN
11.2005

12TH IRAN PRESS FESTIVAL, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Vahdat Hall, 08.2005
• Achieved 1st place and winning the prize
• Achieved Crystal Pen

32TH HUMOR FESTIVAL PIRACICABA, PIRACICABA, BRAZIL
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 08.2005
• Achieved Grand prize

11TH IRAN PRESS FESTIVAL LOCAL PRESS GROUP, TEHRAN, IRAN
Held at Vahdat Hall, 08.2005
• Achieved 1st place and Winning the Prize

YUMIURI SHIMBUN NEWS PAPER, TOKYO, JAPAN, IRAN
My Art Works Presented there, 01.2005
• Achieved Excellence prize

KARPIK FESTIVAL, NIEMODLIN, POLAND
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 11.2004
• Achieved Special award

“IACC” FESTIVAL, BEIJING, CHINA
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 10.2004
• Achieved Special award

6TH JONZAC BIANNUAL FESTIVAL, JON ZAC, FRANCE
My Art Works Presented in this Festival, 06.2004
• Achieved Public award

WORLD CARTOON GALLERY EXHIBITION, SKOPJE, MACEDONIA
My Art Works Presented in this Exhibition,10.2000

Publication

KEYHAN CARICATURE BIMONTHLY MAGAZINE, TEHRAN, IRAN
Author of the papers (Cartoon field), 02.2008 – 10.2009