Hazem Harb | Biography


Farshid Mesghali was born in Isfahan, on July 1943.

Studying painting at Tehran University, he began his professional career as a graphic designer and illustrator in 1964.

After his graduation, he joined the Institute for the Intellectual Development for Children and Young Adults in Tehran, in 1968.

During years 1970-1978 he made many of his award winning animated films, posters for films and illustrations for children books for this institute.

In 1979 he moved to Paris. In the next four years he worked as an artist producing a number of paintings as well as sculptures, which were presented at Sammy King Gallery in Pairs.

In 1986 he moved to Southern California, USA.

He opened his graphic design studio, Desktop Studio in Los Angeles.

During 1990-1994 he creates a series of digital artworks based on snapshot photos. They were exhibited in some galleries and later in L.A. County Museum of Modern Arts.

At present he is working on a few sculptures and installation projects in his studio in Tehran.



A number of exhibitions in Teheran, Paris and Los Angeles. 
He had a one-man show at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
One man show at Bratislava Museum. 
His works have been shown in Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary of Arts.


1968 First Graphic Prize, Sixth International Children Books’ Fair in Bologna, for "Little Black Fish"
1968 Honorary Diploma, Bratislava Biannual, Czechoslovakia, for "Little Black Fish"
1971 Honorary Diploma, Bologna Book Fair for "Hero"
1973 Special Prize, Venice Film Festival, for "The Boy, The Bird & The Musical Instrument"
1974 Hans Christian Anderson Award for his contribution to children's books illustration
1974 Special Prize, Cannes Film Poster Exhibition
1975 Special Prize, Moscow Film Festival, Short Films for Children for "Look Again"
1975 Grand Prize, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy for "Look Again"
1977 3rd prize Biennial of Warsaw, Poland
1985 Noma Awards for "My Hedge Hog, My Doll and I"