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farshid-mesghaliFarshid Mesghali, the great Iranian illustrator, now lives in Tehran at the age of 70, with The Little Black Fish being the most esteemed book he has ever illustrated.

He has been a professional illustrator, artist, and animator for more than fifty years and has won internationally recognized awards for his works.

About 50 years ago, he illustrated The Little Black Fish, written by Samad Behrangi who was a young author back then and his illustrations won him the highest graphic award in Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the Honorary Diploma of Bratislava book fair. In 1974, Mesghali won Hans Christian Anderson Illustrator’s Award.

Some of his major awards and exhibitions include:

A number of exhibitions in Teheran, Paris and Los Angeles.
He had a one man show at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
One man show at Bratislava Museum.
His works have been shown in Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary of Arts.

1968 First Graphic Prize, Sixth International Children Books’ Fair in Bologna, for “Little Black Fish”
1968 Honorary Diploma, Bratislava Biannual, Czechoslovakia, for “Little Black Fish”
1971 Honorary Diploma, Bologna Book Fair for “Hero”
1973 Special Prize, Venice Film Festival, for “The Boy, The Bird & The Musical Instrument”
1974 Hans Christian Anderson Award for his contribution to children’s books illustration
1974 Special Prize, Cannes Film Poster Exhibition
1975 Special Prize, Moscow Film Festival, Short Films for Children for “Look Again”
1975 Grand Prize, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy for “Look Again”
1977 3rd prize Biennial of Warsaw, Poland
1985 Noma Awards for “My Hedge Hog, My Doll and I”

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