Fereshteh Najafi is a versatile artist who works with a wide range of color and details. She focuses on singular style. She is known for her illustrations which have been described as imaginative and evocative.
She was born in Tehran/Iran. She has received her Bachelor's degree in graphic design and Master's degree in illustrations from Tehran Art University. She has illustrations in more than 20 books for children at various publishers around the world and has also published 3 books which she wrote and illustrated herself. She has a accumulated numerous international awards. She now resides in Genova, Italy since 2008. She writes:Ever since I could remember, color, brush and story have been a major part of my life. Now I have pleasure to know myself as a artist who who makes arts by her heart.
For many days I just challenged different colors and technics over and over to find a new way to could express myself and I think for any new book the key to success is trying to be even more creative than ever.
Most of the time while I was illustrating I felt like I am just a six years old girl who is exited and joyful of discovering a new world, and now I am grateful that my illustrations are around the world to transfer my joy to their fans. At the end I truly believe that art is the most precious language which connect all together.
2014, Bologna Children’s Book Fair,Italy;new horizons
2014 Sharjah Children’s Book Fair,Emirate;
2012, Bologna Children’s Book Fair,Italy;
2013 Sharjah Children’s Book Fair,Emirate;
2011, Sharjah Children’s Book Fair,Emirate
2011 Bib - Biennial of Illustration Bratislava
2011 Illustration exhibition international, Sarmede in Italy;
2011 illustration exhibition international, Ceremona
2011 illustration exhibition Alida BOTHMA and Fereshteh NAJAFI in south African
2010 International Illustration Exhibition, Belgrade
2010 illustration exhibition international, Ceremona
2009 Colors of Iran, Genova, Italy
2008 Illustrators Exhibition, Bologna Children’s Book Fair
2008 Illustration exhibition international, Sarmede in Italy;
2008 Fantasmi e Fughe, Mostra Internazionale di Illustrazione, Associazione Culturale Teatrio, Chioggia
2008 Second Prize, Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustrations, Accu - Asia⁄Pacific Cultural Centre for Unesco, Noma International Book Development Fund, Tokyo
2007 Bib - Biennial of Illustration Bratislava
2007 Iranian illustrators,Mantova
2006 Zoroastro, Goa, India
2002 Biennial of Illustration, Tehran
2003 Appreciation board from the 6th press festival of Kanoon,Tehran
2005 Appreciation board from the 13th press festival, Tehran
2005 Second prize of the 2th illustration festival of educational books,Tehran
2004 Appreciation board of the 1th illustration festival of educational books,Tehran
2005 Appreciation board of the“Elmi-Farhangi”publition, 2005, Tehran
2005 Appreciation board of the“Roshd publition”,Tehran