Mokhtar lives in the Bay Area and works as a visual artist, art teacher, and sometimes architectural designer.
His latest shows took place at Persian Center, Berkeley, 2013, Canessa Gallery, San Francisco, 2010, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, 2007 and Oliver Gallery, Oakland, 2007. He shows his works frequently at his studio in Berkeley. His caricatures and illustrations have appeared in local as well as European publications. In 2012, Mokhtar designed dozens of shadow puppets for “Jana and Baladoor”, a play written and directed by the legendary Bahram Beyzaie. Later Mokhtar worked on production design for the musical play “Fifth String”, staged on May 2014.
Mokhtar also writes criticism of art and architecture. He has an MA in English Creative Writing, and has published several short stories and articles in Iranian anthologies. His novel “Shamayel-e-Mana” was published in Sweden in 1997 by Baran Publications, and in Iran in 2003 by Elmi Publications . His second novel, “Shahrazad of Silence” was published in 2015 by Nila Publications. He currently is working on his third novel and on re-writing “Shahrazad of Silence” in English.