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BEYOND PERSIA Art Exhibition by Contemporary Iranian-American Artists in San Francisco

Grand Opening VIP Reception: Friday December 8, 2006,  5–10 p.m

Show Runs through December 12th.

Gallery One. 1 Embarcadero Center, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94111



Also, A showcase of Modern Independent Iranian-American Cinema

December 9th & 10th 5-10PM

With a special screenings of " Amongst the Iranian Youth: An Untold Story of a Generation" by Anoosheh Enssani, as well as films by Farhad Zamani, Mikhail Medvand, Said Ghahari, Yasmin Mawaz-Khan, Afsoon Mobini

For Show times and other updated information see:

Free Admission, Compliments of Beyond Persia

For more information contact us:, 310-383-3902

Mission Statement
The mission of Beyond Persia is to provide a venue for Iranian-American visual artists an opportunity to sell their art to the public who are interested in collecting and acquiring art produced by Iranians.

Artists Represented:

Jaleh Etemad

Mina Ghaziani

Sepehran Khamjani

Simin Meykadeh

Shahla Motamedi

Shiva Pakdel

Amir Slamat

Jaleh Etemad

I find that the challenge in painting comes when the painter sees something beyond the surface of the subject matter. The successful execution of techniques in a painting is only a matter of practice. The real challenge is to bring out what is beyond the surface, whether it is the feeling or the character. Once it is discovered and unearthed from the depth of the surface, then the painting is complete.

Maryam (Mina) Ghaziani
Mina Ghaziani paints in a language, which we can say selects its words from Iranian miniature, and its contents from her contemporary world. But her evolution in her most recent work differs. This time, she has considered the essence and has traveled to the depth. She has built her world inside the subtle and distant layers, not on just superficially. In her new paintings, she has achieved a magic and a completely innovative style.

Simin Meykadeh

The link between art and life is a given, but the formation varies. Sometimes it's hidden, sometimes direct and fully exposed.  My paintings are expressions of my need to define my feelings. Painting is a form I know best for communicating my thoughts and emotions. My works emerge from imagination. People are the essence of my paintings--they inspire and move me. It is my hope to convey this emotion to my viewers.

Shahla Motamedi

My style is Naturalistic, influenced by the style of "Persian Miniature" paintings.  I have been painting since childhood, and have been most influenced by the Masters of Miniature paintings.  A common theme in my work is the Gardens of paradise, as depicted by my memories; Persian poetry and literature, images from the past, etc., they all have the back drop of a "bagh", a Persian Garden, which, as Persians, is deeply set in our psyche.
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Shiva Pakdel
With Iran in my heart

Iranian art forms have a long tradition and distinctive style, as exemplified in architecture, carpets, painting, ceramics, metal ware, and woodwork. As a lover of Persian Art and a collector of antique Iranian stamps from 1880 on, I experiment with combining images created in the Qajar era (1794 - 1925) with stamps of the same period mixed in with calligraphy and sometimes poetry.  

I use printing and collage to bring in the pieces from different sources, including old ceramic images on Qajar monuments, paintings, manuscripts, calligraphy, and stamps together. Using colored pencil and acrylic paint, I create new images that can promote public awareness and appreciation of the beautiful Qajar art as well as the culture and politics of the mid 19th century Iran.

Other works on display

I also work on canvas on a series entitled "faces of her“, a mix of acrylic and oil, but on wood as a medium, rather than the typical cloth canvas. The end result is more organic natural and modern.



Amir Salamat
I was an engineer transfixed with the science of Chaos or "Chaos Theory", but because it is the anthithesis of engineering,  I eventually decided I had to weave its intricate, haunting patterns into my art work.  This is a recurring theme in my most recent paintings, although social imagery never stray too far from my consciousness.  I am most influenced by Hundretwasser, Pollock and Picasso.
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