Negin Ehtesabian (Neginete)    

is a contemporary artist, illustrator, and designer who is currently based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Ehtesabian received a B.A. in Visual Communication from the University of Tehran (Fine art faculty) and studied Animation at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.


She has participated in several international illustration biennials and exhibitions and has achieved recognition and prizes including:

The Plaque of the 44th Golden Pen of Belgrade, Serbia;

The Encouragement Prize of Noma Concurs-UNESCO, Japan 2004

and in 2016, Ehtesabian was named one of the Three Best Illustrators of the last 40 years of Iranian children books by the Center for Literature Studies, University of Shiraz, Iran.

She has illustrated more than 35 picture books for children and adults, published in Iran, Italy, Germany, India, China, Taiwan, Canada, and Turkey. She has created murals and urban art in Tehran.  Since 2015, Ehtesabian has created independent sticker-based street art projects in various cities around the world.

Currently, she is working on a research-based series of work combining visual art and music, while at the same time, she continues her book illustrations, designing pictorial rugs and experimental performances.

Artist's statement

Other Experiences   

She has some experience in leading workshops, children's art class, art directing for magazines, Concept and character design for animation, stage and accessory design for children's theater, performance video art, and curating art exhibitions. 

In 2009-2012 has participated in the group Intercultural collaborative new media art projects "IRUS art" and “My Night/Your Day” between Iranian and American artists founded by Morehshin Allahyari, and led the Iranian teams through several collaborative exhibitions in the USA and Canada.

She is the author of 4 children's books published in Iran and has written a number of articles and critics about illustration in Iranian art magazines and has been the art director and illustrator for several magazines in Iran and Canada.

In 2009-2012 has participated in the group Intercultural collaborative new media art projects "IRUS art" and “My Night/Your Day” between Iranian and American artists founded by Morehshin Allahyari, and led the Iranian teams through several collaborative exhibitions in the USA and Canada.

Prize:  

  • 2016           -Honoree mention for one of the Three Best Illustrators in the last 40 years of Iranian children books, the Center for Literature Studies, University of Shiraz, Iran 

  • 2014 & 18  -"The Little Black Fish" prize, Children Book Council of Iran (CBC/ Iran IBBY) 

  • 2013           -Awarded the third prize in Graphic Art in the 30Th International Theater Festival, Iranian Artists' House 

  • 2007           - Golden Pen award, The plaque of 9th International Biennial of Illustration - The 44th Golden Pen of Belgrade, Serbia   +   +  

  •                     -Awarded the Second Prize of the Second Art Biennial of Islamic Countries, Imam Ali Museum, Tehran

  • 2004           -The Encouragement prize of Noma concurs, Japan

  • 2004 & 5    -Awarded in the 6th Children Press Festival and in the 11th Children's Book Festival of Kanoon (the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults)

 

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