I was passionate about painting and poetry from a very early age. Painting has been my compass over all the changing stages of my life. My special love of poetry caused me to be dubbed “the poet painter” by friends, professors, and colleagues at Tehran University while studying art there. Poetry continues to influence my work. Frederico Garcia Lorca was a significant influence as was the artist Paul Klee.
Many of my paintings are abstracted landscapes: I love creating rich tapestries of lines and patterns curving and bending through the picture plane. The colors often come vibrantly and speak their own language. Art helps me express how
I think about the world and my life. Painting is a visualization of life’s sadness and happiness — all emotions are translated by means of lines, shape, color, and take actual form. The expression of the subject is more important than the actual subject itself, and what is worthy of thought and reflection. Whether it is an apple or a bottle, a face or a figure, I ask the viewer to view my art within that context. It is the singer, not the song.
I graduated with a BFA in 1988 from Teheran University, and moved to Los Angeles in the year 2000. I have found much inspiration in the wide spaces and great diversity of this city.
My work has been shown in Iran, Europe, Canada, and the United States.