Mehdi Moutashar

Hillah, Iraq | 1943

Mehdi Moutashar’s work brings together two artistic traditions: the geometric abstraction of the west and the sacred geometry of the Islamic world. By detaching forms from their natural habitat and fragmenting classical geometrical motifs, Moutashar creates minimalistic imagery with a constructivist aesthetic. Once intricately connected, his forms float in space, often in dynamic movement, free of their archetypal constraints.


Zone 78 ‘ULTIM’

160 x 53 cm | Woven canvas and acrylic

Moutashar graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq in 1966 and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France in 1970. He was a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, from 1974-2008. He currently lives and works in Arles, France.

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