Mokhtar lives in the Bay Area and works as a visual artist and art teacher.   Mokhtar create his mixed media works or paints his acrylic images and exhibits them at  his studio Firehouse Art Collective regularly.  In his acrylic paintings and mixed media works, time and place are as blurred as the border between contemporary life and mythology.  Drawing lines are inseparable from the paints he put on canvas.  There is nothing as rewarding as a creative process being observed and imposed in a final work.

His Daily Sketches, reflecting social, cultural and political environment has been posted uninterrupted at the social medias since November 9, 2017. 

His caricatures and illustrations had appeared in the local as well as European publications.  

In 2012, Mokhtar designed dozens of shadow puppets for “Jana and Baladoor” a play written and directed by legendary Bahram Beyzaie.  Later Mokhtar worked on the production and costume designs of musical plays like “Fifth String” and “City of Tales” .

Mokhtar also writes fictions as well as articles concerning art and architecture.  He has an MA in English Creative Writing, published several short stories and articles in different Iranian anthologies.  His novel "Shamayel-e-Mana" was published in Sweden and Iran in 1997 and 2003.  His second novel, “Shahrzad the silent” just published.



Asian Cultural Center, Oakland, March 9 – April 21, 2019

Artlitographic Museum, Tidaholm, Sweden, November 2018 to January 2019

Berkeley Central Arts Passage, Berkeley, 2017

La Casa del Tunel: Art Center, Tijuana BC, México,  September 2013 

Persian Center, Berkeley, 2013

Ammerman Campus Library of New York,  December 5, 2011 to January 5, 2012

Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, Salt Lake City, UT, November  2011

University of New Mexico Gallup Branch, Gallup, NM, November  2011

Spray Booth Gallery, Kansas City, MO, August 2011

Paul Robeson Place, Princeton, NJ, July  2011

The Hive Phoenix, Phonix, AZ, April 1 - 30, 2011

Freehold Borough Community Center, Freehold, New Jersey, April 30th 2011

Meridian Gallery,  San Francisco, CA, May 21 - July 30, 2011

Raices Cultural Center, New Brunswick, NJ, June 3 – July 5, 2011

Canessa Gallery, San Francisco, 2010,

Intersection For The Arts, San Francisco, 2007 

Oliver Gallery, Oakland, 2007.  

Mokhtar has shown his works frequently at his studio at Firehouse Art Collective in Berkeley. 


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