Mesghali was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1943. Studying painting at Tehran University, he began his professional career as a graphic designer and illustrator in 1964. After graduation in 1968, he was supported by the Center for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (CIDCYA) in Tehran. From 1970 to 1978 he made many of his award-winning animated films, posters for films and illustrations for children books under its auspices. In 1979 he moved to Paris.
The biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children’s books. Mesghali received the illustration award in 1974.
He has been recognized many times for particular works:
- First Graphic Prize, Sixth International Children Books’ Fair in Bologna, for “Little Black Fish” (1968)
- Special Prize, Venice Film Festival, for “The Boy, The Bird & The Musical Instrument” (1973)
- Special Prize, Cannes Film Poster Exhibition (1974)
- Special Prize, Moscow Film Festival, Short Films for Children for “Look Again” (1975)
- Grand Prize, Giffoni Film Festival, Italy for “Look Again” (1975)
- Noma Awards for “My Hedge Hog, My Doll and I” (1985)