by Shahrzad Mahmoudi

Shahrzad is an Iranian American artist born in Hartford, CT . By age five, she showed her interest in art and painting while living in the Iranian city of Gilan province on the Caspian Sea. The local environment is beautifully scenic with views of citrus orchards, rice fields, green hills and tea plants.

Shahrzad was attracted to the natural beauty of her surroundings and reflected these images and her feelings on canvas. In 2002 she moved to Kerman (in the southeast of Iran) to finish her education and was encouraged by her teachers to paint in the Persian miniature style.

Now a student at the University of Washington Bothell, Shahrzad continues to practice in the miniature and other genres of painting.

Here are some photos from her exhibit held on April 19th, 2012 in the CUSP Office. 

Sharzad and Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan
Sharzad with her painting, "Beauty at Night"

Art Instructor Chris Gildow brought his class to the exhibit as it related to a Cultural Patters project they were working on for BART 121.  See some of their work on our Students in Action page.

True Love
The Harp of Love
A Persian miniature is a richly detailed miniature painting which depicts religious or mythological themes from the region of the Middle East now known as Iran. The art of miniature painting in Persia flourished from the 13th through the 16th centuries, and continues to this day, with several contemporary artists producing notable Persian miniatures.