Morteza Khakshoor was born in Iran in 1984. He currently works mainly in Printmaking and Drawing. He entered the Tehran University College of Fine Arts in 2002. After studying briefly in Industrial Design and Sculpture, he left the college in 2004. In 2010, he moved to the US to continue his education in Fine Arts. He first attended Art Academy of Cincinnati and later received his BFA in Sculpture from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in CT and earned his MFA in Printmaking from the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus in 2018. During and after his graduate studies, he has taught drawing and printmaking courses at OSU and Denison University Studio Art Department in Granville OH. Morteza Khakshoor has recently moved to Southern California where he lives and works as an artist.
He has been exhibiting his work nationally and internationally since 2011. Most recently, his work has been exhibited in venues such as Art on Paper Fair 2019 and the Editions/Artists’ Book Fair (E/AB) 2018, both in NYC, Multilayered: New Prints 2018/Summer at the International Print Center New York, On Paper Contest Exhibition in Bristol UK, among many more. His latest solo exhibition was held last year at the University of California Art Gallery where a group of Forty-one drawings and prints was exhibited. He is the recipient of many awards, including The Inaugural Emerging Artist Award given at the Editions/Artists’ Book Fair (E/AB) in 2018, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award 2019, Juror's Award 2018 Pacific States Biennial North American Print Exhibition. His works are in several private and public collections in the US and Europe most notably at The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City. He has been an Artist in Residence in residency programs such as Vermont Studio Center/2019, Emmanuel College Residency/2019, International Print Center New York/2018, Chautauqua School of Art/2014 and 2015.