Collages by Hushidar Mortezaie

“Beyond Glamour, Power, and Contradiction is the shared consciousness of ages, of beauty, pain, and perseverance. I weave different elements of my own personal experiences in the art and high fashion worlds along with my ideas into a personal tapestry that gives color to the visual collage of life. The mainstays of my work are painting, illustration, silkscreen, collage, multi-media and fashion design. I immigrated to the Bay Area of California from Tehran,Iran at the age of three-I then resided in Manhattan, New York for 10 years creating pop couture on models, celebrities, and on myself along with my mentor Michael Sears. I now reside between the Bay Area and Los Angeles closer to my family and Tehrangeles. My aesthetic is a collage of multi-cultural critique and the contradictory celebration and negation of beauty and branding. My hopes are to inspire future generations and youth of the Iranian Renaissance to be who they are and to flourish”, says Hushidar Mortezaie about his work.

Hushidar Mortezaie was born in Tehran and immigrated to the Bay Area in 1975. He moved to NYC in 1994 for 10 years and now resides in California, living between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.Mortezaie’s discourse is a mixed media of collage, painting, illustration, installation art, and primarily fashion, which together fabricates a head to toe cultural critique that negates and celebrates branding along with the satire of pop culture and mass consumption.

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Plasco Roses 
Inspired from Forugh Farrokzad’s poem O’Jewel Studded Land, a critique on globalization and capitalism as humans become ID card numbers like 678 or a product like the late Plasco factory’s  plastic rose production in 60’s Tehran,but forever loving and celebrating the ornate heritage of beauty in Iran.

Forugh Farrokhzad
Ode to the greatest feminist and female poet of Iran
Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

Glamour At Any Cost
Adobe Illustrator and Adobe photoshop


“Enrichment”…Atomic Bombs,Wars waged against the Middle East and the whole Weapons of Mass Destruction arguments are forever creating toxicity and poison in the lives of Middle Eastern people yet they remain, transform,and radiate.

 Wish/Arezou – Mixed Media Collage on wood 70 x 20 in

Little Red and the Rose  

An 18th century Qajar prince meets little red riding hood morphs into a post modern erudite androgyneWe Are OneTogether/ Baham Mixed media collage on wood 70 x 20 in

The Dawn Is Near Celebrating the valiant Iranian youth who took to the streets and stood up against Tyranny during the Green Movement of 2009, inspiring an entire region to usher in a new Look.

Proust Questionnaire with Hushidar Mortezaie

Self portrait Hushidar Mortezaie

The principal aspect of my personality I can’t stop dreaming

What I appreciate most about my friends When we laugh altogether and joy occurs

My main fault Flighty

My favorite occupation that an occupation or a dream?

My dream of happiness Surrounded by those who love me and those I love while being creative

What would be my greatest misfortune? Not to be able to draw

What I should like to be A kind person with integrity who leaves a legacy of creative work and beauty

The country where I should like to live Right now I am happy to live in California but I do wonder if I should be in Tehran,Iran…or of course, Paris 🙂

My favourite colour Navy and also Red

The flower that I like Jasmine

 Strike Oppose The Persian Collection Fall 2001 by Hushidar Mortezaie

My favorite bird Hummingbird

My favorite authors in literature Jean Genet, Sadegh Hedayat, Clarice Lispector

My heroes in fiction Le Petit Prince, Khale Sooske (Auntie Beetle/Roach)

My favorite music/ musicien Kate Bush, Googoosh, Siouxsie Sioux, Orbital, Marzieh, Giorgio Moroder

My favorite painters Egon Schiele, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Marjorie Cameron

Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the persian miniature print lace dress by Hushidar Mortezaie in “Sex and the City” TV show

My heroes in real life My Baba , rest in peace

My favorite names Colt, Tristan, Majnun

What i hate the most Cruelty

Historical characters that I despise the most Can I say Trump and even more so his entire cabinet because I want them to be history

The gift of nature that I would like to have Being effortlessly beautiful

How I’d like to die Surrounded by love

Photo print top by Hushidar Mortezaie worn by Brad Pitt featured in the motion picture “Fight Club”

Current state of mind Excited for the summer and new beginnings

Faults that inspire me the most indulgence Insanity, Chelo Kabob, Dimples

My motto stolen from Reza Abdoh the great:“In ancient cultures, they didn’t practice theory in their dances; they wanted to arrive at a state of trance, and I think that’s an appropriate approach for the arts: to create a work that is entrancing.”―Reza Abdoh

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