Master Mostafa Aghamiri
Master Mostafa (Hamid) Aghamiri was born in a family of artists and athletes in 1967. He learned painting and sports from his uncle, Master Mohammad-Bagher Aghamiri, and joined both the art and athletics worlds shortly after.
Master Mostafa Aghamiri studied as an artist for many years. He studied handicrafts at the university to get acquainted with Iranian arts such as traditional design and Iranian motifs, carpet design, mosaics, sculpture, whittling and carving, pottery, etc. and gradually gained experience in various fields. The sum of these experiences is an understanding of carpet design, gilding (illustrated holy books), Iranian miniature (illustrated manuscripts), flowers and chicken motifs (divine traditional Iranian motifs), poetry, etc.
Master Aghamiri is under the influence of the Tabriz school (the Safavid empire in Tabriz, an important Iranian art movement era called the second school of Tabriz in Persian) and has managed to recreate some of the most famous artworks of this school, such as those created by ‘Sultan Mohammed’ and ‘Mirza Ali Aqa Tabrizi’. Multilayered composition, a space filled with movement and awe-striking flow, painted in vivid, bright, and alluring colors are the main features of Safavid art, all of which are showcased in Aghamiri’s artworks.
Detailed wrinkles, minor facial expressions, careful hand and body postures, and figures captured in rhythmic poses or posed completely still depict the inner state of the figures in the painting and are details of great interest to Aghamiri.
Some of the characteristics in his artworks include depicting the spiritual world (immaterial world) with imagery of the physical world (material world) or painting an idealistic vision of humankind, nature, Iranian, and Eastern environments along with images of the Simorgh, birds, and intertwined dragon motifs, which are inextricably linked with the Islimi and Khataei motifs (Arabesque and Iranian motifs).
The figures depicted are representations of mystics, poets, historical and literary figures, mythic figures of Iran, or even anonymous figures who are pictured as holy and spiritual on their own and exist together in the spiritual realm.