My story in brief
I was born on Friday the 24th May 1985 in the city of Chester in the north west of England. I grew up in between Liverpool and Manchester; two metropolitan cities rich in history and heritage where creativity is the product of cultural diversity. Home to writers, poets, artists, record-breaking musicians and top comedians. An ideal environment for me to observe closely, listen carefully and immerse myself in the creative arts.
It was at the early age of 8 when I discovered my real, deep passion for drawing and painting.
In high school, my art teacher, Mr Moody, encouraged me to cultivate what he saw in me. His advice was for me to pursue my passion but learn about it on my own terms by practising without instruction and to develop what was coming from inside of me. Since it was emerging at such an early stage, he made me realise I should develop my own styles, technique and approach. He also advised for me not to learn through academic route but through my personal journey. Just like what Henri Matisse once said: “An artist is an explorer. He has to begin by self-discovery and by observation of his own procedure. After that, he must not feel under any constraint”.
I value and respect the importance of educating myself on the history of art, however, I place a higher importance on maintaining my originality and developing my own approach in creating. It’s important to me that I use my own initiative and find my own way in life – I'm too much of a free spirit!
I decided to start my career as a graphic designer and pursue my art in my own domain in order to develop my own vision and approach. I achieved a BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design from Staffordshire University, a school of Art & Design with international recognition. This is the same university that previously awarded me as the student of the year for the ‘Major contribution to the life of the school’ for my overall positive outlook, achievements and contribution to the high school I attended.
Shortly after my graduation, I moved to London where I’ve spent the past 12 years working as a graphic designer for a number of agencies and corporate organisations. I currently work as a design manager for a global bank in London. My design career taught me many important lessons in visual art and communication, for example, identifying the key message and thinking how best to communicate it first, then have this dictate the form in which it’s delivered. I also learnt a wide range of technical and software skills in great depth. It’s important to me that my art not only delivers on the form but also has meaningful messages and provides value to the viewer.
Living and working in London for the past 12 years has allowed me to continue my research and self education in art by visiting various museums, galleries, exhibitions, institutions and acquainting myself with the main cultural trends and events. I'm interested in my Iranian heritage – particularly in Persian art. I've studied Persian miniatures, carpet designs, philosophy and calligraphy. I love subtly incorporating the exquisitely curvy yet controlled strokes from Nastali'iq calligraphy into my own creations.
This career along with all the valuable lessons I've learnt in life so far has supported me in continuing to pursue my dreams as an artist with determination in what I create.