In his work Payam Mofidi documents memories, illusions, desires and fears he harbors inside. As he mentions himself, he seems calm and content but very volatile inside; he doesn’t particularly have a rosy view on life and especially of our future. The human tendencies and what history presents us make him but to believe in good and evil even in the very cliché way they might seem. The characters and subjects of his work real or unreal all bring about poetic moods that are designed to present us smooth moments and feelings.
The isolation of figures, their deformations and choice or sometimes lack of colours in his work takes us back into what might be his personal memories. Every single frame is ultimately poetic, the sense of poetry that is very much present in Iranian art is twisted in Payam Mofidi’s works but they surely exist. The melancholic mood of his works reminds us of the very quite zone within each of us we escape to. This zone is our utopian, unique in every single one of us. Mofidi presents his own giving us moments of tranquility believing darkness is beauty and perhaps we know where he comes from.
Text by Leila Sajjadi
Born in 1980, Payam Mofidi graduated from Tehran Azad University and later with a degree in animation from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2009. Throughout his career as an artist he has primarily worked on illustrations, painting and animation. He live and works in Canada today.