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Negin Ehtesabian (Neginete)

Interdisciplinary artist, illustrator, and designer

Most of her art practice has been collaborative new media, illustration, design, and intercultural art and research projects. Recently she is more focused on interdisciplinary and collaborative art projects, and picture books.

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

She is the co-founder of Sudden Gallery
A member of the Techspressionism community(US) since 2020 and a member of the Iranian Illustrators society since 2005.
Has been a member of AOI (UK Association of illustrators) and IGDS (Iranian graphic designers society) 


She also has experiences as a writer, having her short stories and poems pubished in online literature magazines and newspaper and a book collection of emerging Iranian writers in 2009, and has several articles about illustration and culture published in Iranian art magazines; and She is the author of 4 picture books published in Iran. + + + +  + + +  + + + + + + ...

She has Illustrated more than 35 picture books for children and adults, published in Iran, Italy, Germany, India, China, Taiwan, Canada, and Turkey; and 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.

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.
Negin Ehtesabian and her mural art in Tehran, under construction construction
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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