Mohammad Navid Bazargan


Nastaliq Persian calligraphy

Nastaliq is the most popular calligraphy style in the Persian-speaking world.  Nastaliq is mainly used to write Persian poetry, which alongside calligraphy occupies a significant place in the everyday life of Iranians.  Since the ancient foundation of Islam, calligraphy has been the dominant and emblematic feature of Islamic art.  The significance of calligraphy stems from the importance of the scriptural words of the Quran.  Different styles of calligraphy, from the excessively stylized to the partly illegible, with both religious and secular contents, have flourished across the Muslim world.

Mohammad Navid Bazargan enrolled in the Iran Association of Calligraphers in Tehran at the age of 20.  After receiving advanced training from masters Koochak Zade, Amir Ahmad Falsafi, and Gholamhossein Amirkhani, he was granted the Outstanding Calligrapher certificate from the Iran Association of Calligraphers.  Having recently moved to Los Angeles, Mohammad is a rare, if not the only, master calligrapher in California.

As a current master artist in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program, Mohammad will work with apprentice Arash Shirinbab.  Mohammad will train Arash in the traditional Nastaliq style of calligraphy.

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"Gratitude" by Mohammad Bazargan. Ink on paper with traditional Persian illumination.  (Photo courtesy of Mohammad Bazargan)
"Wisdom" by master calligrapher Mohammad Bazargan. Ink on paper and mixed media. (Photo courtesy of Mohammad Bazargan)
"Word's Dance" by master calligrapher Mohammad Bazargan. Ink on paper and mixed media. (Photo courtesy of Mohammad Bazargan)
"Written" by master calligrapher Mohammad Bazargan. Ink on paper. (Photo courtesy of Mohammad Bazargan)

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