Hesam Fetrati was born just two years after Iran’s Islamic Revolution and a year after the start of Iran- Iraq war which is considered to be the longest war of the 20th century. During Iraq’s attack on Tehran, he was only six and he remembers the Iraqi fighters bombarding his hometown. Because of these personal experiences and the misfortune of the victims, he has always been interested in art-activism specially anti-war and social justice art-works.
After growing up in Tehran the capital city of Iran, in a middle class family, Hesam studied BA in graphic design at Tehran Azad University of Fine Art. He has completed his Master of Art in Visual arts and his Doctoral program in Visual Arts (DVA) at Griffith University Australia. During this period, the matter of displacement became the focal point in his artworks.
Fetrati’s art works are more surrealistic. He is interested in using symbols, archetypes, stereotypes, chiche and economical language. In addition, after 2011 he uses Etching Printmaking technique to transfer his message to the audience. He believes printmaking philosophically contains the matter of enlightenment.
2016 Marie Ellis OAM/ Runner Up Prize for Drawing, Australia
2013 First prize, AusIran Photography Festival, Brisbane, Australia
2012 GU International Postgraduate Research Scholarship Brisbane, Australia
2012 Griffith University Postgrad Research Scholarship Brisbane, Australia
2005 Special prize, International Visual Art Festival, Niavaran palace, Ira
2002 Special prize, Free Poster Competition, Iran
2000 First prize, Young Iranian Cartoonist, Iran
Selected Media and press
2016 (7 Oct) Interview with BBC Persian and World Service
2016 (August) Interview with The Cage Radio Program
2016 Interview with Neshat Radio, Brisbane based Farsi radio
2014 (April) Interview/ Documentary IranWire Website
2013 (20 June) Interview BBC Persian Website
2013 (19 June) BBC Persian Radio
2013 (2nd March) Couriermail Website
2013 (27 Feb) Southern Star newspaper
2013 Queensland radio Persian
2012 (March) BBC Persian
2012 (29 Feb) Southern Star newspaper