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.


Selected Awards:

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