Alireza Karimi Moghaddam, cartoonist and illustrator from Teheran, Iran. Photography © A. K. Moghaddam

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

Basically, my personal interest is in “cartoon”. Drawing a cartoon is a basic need just like eating and sleeping for me. A physiological need that has become a natural part of my life. I convey my thoughts to my audience through cartoons as simple, as smile.

In recent years (I mean the last two years) I have moved a bit towards illustration. Of course, I confess that I am not an illustrator and I am gaining experience right now. However, I am a human being who likes to communicate with others through images and I believe in this kind of communication. The image does not know any boundaries, borders, language and anyone at any age, gender, and social status can understand the language of the image.

© Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

As a teenager, I became interested in Vincent Van Gogh paintings. My father was painting and we had books about the great painters of the world. It was from there that I gradually became acquainted with the works of the great painters and particularly Van Gogh, and spent all my adolescence with them. I always see a certain simplicity and purity in Van Gogh’s works. In my opinion, these features could not be found in any artist. This is the main reason for my interest in the artworks of this artist.