Once in a while when I go to see exhibitions at one of the many art galleries in Tehran, I find a new gem which makes all that driving and finding the time truly worthwhile. This was indeed the case when I recently visited Golestan gallery and saw the works of an artist, Maryam Kazerouni, whom I did not know previously. I was impressed; not only with her most exciting and intense work but it was a pleasure to meet this 26 year old talented young lady and get to know her, even if it was very little. Nevertheless I hope that I'll be able to see her and follow her works in the years to come.
Maryam and I talked about many things. She told me she has had a deep desire to paint since she was very young. She started very early in life and has been trained by the best in this field. Her first teacher, at the age of 10 for four years was Ms. Zakineh Rahimi, and she studied with her and learned many things about painting, especially techniques using colored pencils. She went solo for nearly eight years after that and busied herself with doing a lot of work on her own initiative. During this period she did what may be considered as cliché' stuff mainly. When she reached the end of this road and since she had always admired works of the very well-known artist, none other than Parvaneh Etemadi, she managed to get herself accepted by her and became her student for the next few years. I could see small resemblances in a very few of her works, which means she has acquired knowledge without being over influenced by her teacher. This calls for congratulation to them both. Ms Kazerouni's works are definitely not a replication of Ms Etemadi's work, yet have the great depth and intensity which one may also find in Ms Etemadi's works.
Right now she is involved in yet another new project and she is learning to do animation. Maryam has studied microbiology at Tehran Aazad University. She told me that it is not all gone to waste, as what she learned at the university somehow has enabled her to see natural objects in three dimension and greater depth. She informed me that she has always been very fond of nature and natural things and originally wanted to study gardening before switching to microbiology at the last minute. She has been a subscriber of Scientific American for many years and still reads her copy regularly in order to learn and stay on top of the well of knowledge.
She seemed to me to be a very sporty young woman and told me that she enjoys swimming and walking up the mountains around Tehran. I thought her not only very bright and talented but also very confident and at peace with herself and her world. She told me that she only becomes inspired when she is here in her own world and environment and that's why she does not wish to leave.
... Payvand News - 5/17/04 ... --