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A Class Act

I just love portrait photographs, they are unique because they reveal at least two people connected in their creation: the sitter and the photographer. Neither dominates the other. Thus the image becomes a bargaining between the two, a tango of events that is a product of collaboration. It is the magic of sparks flying from […]

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A Knight in Shining Armour

Once upon a time, on a sweltering summer day in Dubai, I took refuge in the cool AC of Ayyam Gallery. Upon entering, I stood frozen in front of a painting, my heart stopped for the heavenly beat that happens when one’s breath has fleetingly been taken away. Motionless in a state of reverie, trying […]

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The Revolutionary

  I plead guilty to keeping Hossein Rezvani to myself, but his brilliance needs to be shared globally. A proud owner of one of his carpets, I am deadly biased. I feel sinful leaving it on the ground but carefully walk around the edges. His carpets are simply art! Hossein’s skill and mastery breathes new […]

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West Coast to Middle East

  Hushidar Mortezaie’s experience as a fashion designer, stylist and all around creative mind, enlightens how his unique eye finds insight into subjects and lives for his art that are both historical and modern. Born in Iran but growing up in America, Hushidar was profoundly influenced by the radical style of couture fashion which became […]

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Brush Strokes on Steroids

Kevork Kassabian’s latest body of work gives new meaning to the phrase “life is not black and white; it is a huge splash of color. He reveals a totally new concept. In his words, “they are made by special mix of polymers which takes 7 minutes, a meditative act between me and the polymer. ”These […]

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The Infinity

He is one of the top influential artists of this era, but I prefer to call him a creative genius. Axel Pahlavi’s textures, movement, balance, contrast, proportion, and frighteningly real subjects do not fit in any precept. All I see in his work is endless depth. He turns all of our sensory perceptions inside out […]

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Hot Commodities

Today I turn my focus on the glory of gold and crude oil. Yes, you heard right, crude oil. Soheila Sokhanvari, the “IT” girl of the art world has explored and recreated drawings with the two most precious commodities in the world. They are spontaneous and mesmerizing! She depicts the history of political and personal […]

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I Am Soheila

Soheila Sokhanvari is my newest artist fever. She conveys a specific type of radical, an altered way of thinking that sets her apart from the rest. I’ve encountered passion, energy, and a rare intellectual approach to her art. In her sphere of esthetic, she interconnects people, time and places. Tehran’s sex slaves of a bygone […]

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The Catalyst

         Maryam Amini a.k.a Mimi always has a commode full of curiosities and an aura to match. An established multi-disciplinary artist, she is perpetually crushing barriers and breaking new grounds. Her work challenges our materialistic whims and celebrates the ethereal effects of time on every little thing. This girl can turn any memory into […]

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Transcendent Tales

The whole idea behind graphic novels is to be able to tell a story with illustrations and to find the right balance and dialogue and narration to include so you don’t detract from the flow of the storytelling. Sahar Khorasani’s art does exactly that. Her work evokes my childhood memories of the Shahnameh: The Epic […]

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