Twin sisters Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani (Iranian, b. 1990) began painting at the age of thirteen. They earned their B.A. in painting from Tehran University and M.F.A from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Soroosh Milanizadeh, born in 1978, a photography graduate from Art and Architecture Azad University of Tehran. He is a Photographer, Video Artist, Painter, and art curator. He started his constant professional career in 1999 and has attempted to express his social concerns, particularly the position of women in society ever since.
Reza Baharvand was born in 1976 in Iran. He graduated from the Isfahan University of Art with a BA in Painting and he pursued his continuing education at Tehran University of Art. After graduating, he began his professional career by holding exhibitions in prestigious galleries in Iran and other countries.
Parnian Omidi was born in Tehran, 1981. After attending different painting schools since early childhood, at the age of sixteenth, she started taking private classes with professional painters at the University of Tehran. Later on, she pursued her education in Art and earned her BA and MA in Fine art.
Arghavan Khosravi was raised in Tehran, Iran. She graduated from Art and Architecture University of Tehran «Honâr va Mêmari» with a Bachelor of Graphic Design and completed an MFA in illustration at Faculty of Fine Art, the University of Tehran. After practicing in both fields for nearly a decade, she came to the U.S. to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a painter. She enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design after completing a post-baccalaureate program in studio art at Brandeis University.
Nina Ghafari (1989) is a Persian artist based in Stavanger Norway. Ghafari’s work is a raw and often painful testament to her unfiltered exploration of memory and self through text and image. A self-taught artist whose short-lived spell at art school showed her that the teaching of “art” for some social classes, was nothing more than an attempt to condition and mute the often brutal realities and associated creativity of those operating outside mainstream hegemonic culture. In her case, this concerns second-generation immigrant outsiders with a passionate need to express themselves.
Ahmad Zohdi was born in the village of Vaneshan, Esfahan Province, in 1952. A village with several thousand years’ histories and its special rural language and customs along with a long-standing culture. Living in nature is defined for Ahmad Zohdi in a different way and has formed a unique approach to life that is alien to an urban man of this century.
Shiva graduated in 1966 from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Tehran. He then spent several years acquiring practical experience in graphic art before earning a master's degree from Pratt University, New York City, in 1980. Then after creating original works over several decades, he achieved a graphic artist with an Iranian flavor, which indeed prompted museums and collectors across the world to add his works to their collections.