Cartoonist Imagines Colorful World of Van Gogh in Illustrations Inspired by His Life

Van Gogh Art by Alireza Karimi

Like many creatives, cartoonist and illustrator Alireza Karimi Moghaddam fell in love with Vincent van Gogh’s work and was compelled by his story. Moghaddam was a teenager when he first began admiring the artist’s style and vibrant colors. Immersing himself in Van Gogh’s history, Moghaddam learned—and continues to learn—about the iconic figure and has created an entire body of work inspired by his life.

Moghaddam has been producing illustrations of Van Gogh for years. As the series lives on, his work continues to evolve. His latest pieces showcase the heavy swirling brushstrokes for which the painter is well known, but the content has Moghaddam venturing into the fantastical. Van Gogh is seen interacting with the likes of Frida Kahlo, and he is introduced to contemporary technology and airplane travel. The modern luxuries, especially, are well beyond Van Gogh’s time; he died by suicide in 1890.

Being historically accurate is not the primary goal of Moghaddam’s work. It’s more about the feeling and the characteristics we can appreciate about the artist. “For me, Van Gogh is not only a famous artist and a genius but a way of life,” he says. “He is not a frustrated and distressed model but a symbol of love, humanity, and altruism. I understand and propagate his creative ideas from a different perspective, and on the contrary to a prevailing traditional view, I would like a different Van Gogh to be a Van Gogh for everyone.”

As a teenager, cartoonist and illustrator Alireza Karimi Moghaddam fell in love with Vincent van Gogh’s work and was compelled by his story.

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Immersing himself in Van Gogh’s history, Moghaddam has created an entire body of work inspired by his life.

Van Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi MoghaddamVan Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

Moghaddam has been producing illustrations of Van Gogh for years. As the series lives on, his work continues to evolve.

Van Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi MoghaddamVan Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi MoghaddamVan Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

His latest pieces showcase the heavy swirling brushstrokes for which the painter is well known, but the content also has Moghaddam venturing into the fantastical.

Van Gogh Art by Alireza KarimiVan Gogh Art by Alireza KarimiVan Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

Being historically accurate is not the primary goal of Moghaddam’s work.

Van Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi MoghaddamVan Gogh Illustrations by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam

It’s more about the feeling and the characteristics we can appreciate about the artist.

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Alireza Karimi Moghaddam: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Alireza Karimi Moghaddam.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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