Cartoonist Javad Alizadeh honored for lifetime achievement at Niavaran exhibition

TEHRAN – The Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex on Sunday honored eminent cartoonist Javad Alizadeh for his lifetime achievement.

He was awarded a plaque of honor and gifts on the closing day of an exhibition of his cartoons held from April 7.

“Iranian art is deeply indebted to master Alizadeh,” said director of the Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex, Maryam Jalali.

“Many Iranian cartoonists who have been awarded at Iranian and international events are his students, and by organizing this exhibition, our complex has tried to do its best to show its appreciation for only a small part of the effort that Mr. Alizadeh has done to improve the art of comics in Iran,” she added.

Director of the Iranian Comics House, Shahram Babai, also expressed his thanks to the Niavaran Cultural and Historical Complex for organizing the exhibition and said, “Talking about a serious subject through the satire has a long history in Iranian culture.

“With his 50-year career, master Alizadeh has taught many students and is one of the influential artists in the field of comics,” he added.

He also praised Alizadeh for the Satire and Caricature magazine he created in 1990.

For her part, Alizadeh, 70, thanked the Niavaran Complex for organizing the showcase and said, “In my generation, artists are usually their own museums and that fact is usually satire in itself.”

He spoke of the hardships he suffered during his long career and said he always sought satire in the difficult times of his life.

Alizadeh began her career in 1971 working for Caricature, a magazine run by Mohsen Davallu.

His own magazine, Satire and Caricature, set the record for the longest publishing period of a cartoon magazine in Iran.

Alizadeh’s works have won awards at numerous Iranian and international events.

In 2016, he received an honorable mention at the United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards for his untitled artwork, which depicts a poor barefoot man putting his shoes up for sale.

He and Turkish artist Dogan Arslan shared first place at the 29th Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition in Turkey in 2012.

Photo: Cartoonist Javad Alizadeh in an undated photo. (Mehr/Pantea Nikzad)

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