Negin Ehtesabian (Neginete) is a contemporary artist, illustrator, and designer born and raised in Tehran/ Iran; lived in Iran, Great Britain, and the United Arab Emirates.
Most of her art practice has been illustration, design, collaborative new media, and intercultural art and research projects. Recently she is more focused on digital art and interdisciplinary collaborative art projects.

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 been an Independent sticker‐based street artist since 2015, and also several of her mural and urban designs still can be found in Tehran.

She is a member of the American art community Techspressionism since 2020 and a member
of the Iranian Illustrators society since 2005.
She has also been a member of
AOI (UK Association of illustrators) and
IGDS (Iranian graphic designers society)

Education:
BA in Visual Communication from the University of
Tehran (Fine art faculty)
Animation at the University of the West of England
(UWE), Bristol, UK
Other Experiences   
She has experience teaching art to children (Reza Abbasi Museum, Tehran), leading illustration workshops (Iran, India), art directing (Pendar Youth magazine), Concept and character design for animation, stage and accessory design for children's theater, performance, and video art, writing short stories for adults (online magazine Hezartou, published in the short story collection of Iranian young writers, SokhanGostar publication), writing art critique for magazines (Tandis, Pajooheshnamey) and curating group art exhibition (Fables Remains)

Between 2008-2012 She participated in the group Intercultural collaborative new media art projects "IRUS art" and “My Night/Your Day” between Iranian and American artists working with Morehshin Allahyari and her co-founders and led the Iranian teams through several collaborative exhibitions in the USA and Canada.
Selected Awards:  
  • 2016           -*honorary mentioned for one of the three best illustrators in the last 40 years of Iranian
  •                             picture 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 Fajr Theater Festival
  • 2007            *The Plaque of the 44th Golden Pen of Belgrade 
  •                             (9th International Golden Pen), Serbia   +   +  
  •                      *The second prize of the second Art Biennial of Islamic Countries, Imam Ali Museum, 
  •                              Tehran, Iran
  • 2004            *The Encouragement Prize of Noma Concurs, UNESCO awards, Japan
  • 2004 & 5     *Awarded in the 6th and 11th Children Books and Press Festival of The Institute for
  •                               the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, for illustration and
  •                                graphic design

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