Cartoonist Mohases died at 70

October 12, 2008

TEHRAN -- Iranian cartoonist Ardeshir Mohases died of a heart attack in New York City on Thursday. He was 70.

He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years.
Born in Rasht in 1938, Mohases graduated from the University of Tehran Law School in 1962. After graduation, he dedicated all of his time to drawing.
He moved to New York in 1979 and resided there.
He believed that cartoons are an art of reportage and a kind of chronology. In his view, cartoons created during a historical period are considered as historical documents.
His life was intimately connected to the characters in his cartoons. In an interview, he disclosed that his characters’ heaviness in his work depended on his own diet and their mode of dress and mannerisms unconsciously depended on his own mood.
He published several collections of his works including “Cactus”, “With Ardeshir Mohases and his Puppets”, “Current Events”, “Momenten”, “Identity Card” and “Ardeshir and Stormy Winds” in Iran