Today we’d like to introduce you to Farah Ajoodanifar.
Farah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Mostly self-taught, I have a life long passion for the beauty of art. I am a scientist turned artist, with a thirst for improving people’s lives and a permanent craving for making our world a better place.
Since migrating to the U.S. in 1986, I acquired degrees in Chemistry, Leadership, and Management and had a full career in the Pharma industry. Going through my adult life, while fighting with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, painting became therapeutic for me. I paint what I cannot express in words; and by painting abstractly, I feel freedom beyond expression.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Perhaps the deepest human need is to control one’s own life. When that control is missing in my life, painting becomes therapeutic for me, allowing me to express myself through creative design, color, and form. I create vivid abstract paintings which bring visual vitality to my environment.
What do I want to say with my art? “Appreciate life!”
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Considering that many art galleries have gone out of business either due to lack of revenue or increasing property rental cost, the number of places for showcasing artwork has been noticeably decreasing. On the other hand, the number of online galleries have increased, but one cannot experience painting as an online image as one could in person.
Cities can support artists by promoting their work, offering opportunities for exhibitions, and encouraging businesses to support the arts.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
As an emerging professional artist, some of my paintings are currently available to view at Encinitas City Hall until May 19th. In the upcoming months, I will be showing my artworks in Escondido, San Marcos, and my studio in Hillcrest, San Diego.
My paintings have been included in exhibitions in galleries of San Diego and North County and in 2018, I was published as one of 50 TO WATCH artists.
Besides having a home studio, I paint in a studio at a wonderful contemporary art gallery called The Studio Door in Hillcrest at 3867 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103. Since I am always behind in updating my website with latest artworks, I am available by appointment to show my paintings. Art lovers may support me by following me on Instagram and sharing my artworks with others. And, if you become a collector, I would love to see pictures of how you showcase the pieces that you selected.
- Address: 3867 Fourth Ave,
San Diego, CA 92103
- Website: NeeleeArt.com
- Phone: (951)870-0764
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Neelee_art
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