Zahra Hosseini was Born on March 3, 1970. in the city of Isfahan, Iran.
She has an Experimental sciences Diploma 1988 and Bachelor of Graphic 2019. Zahra is a Master’s student of painting, at Isfahan University of Arts.
I had been teaching painting to children and teenagers for 7 years. I have some experience in photography, Illustration, Storytelling, Painting, and Graphics.
I held a solo exhibition in Iran and participated in 14 group exhibitions of painting, illumination, photography, and illustration.
I achieved the first rank of painting in the country Student Festival 2020 and third place in storytelling in the 2018 Student Festival.
What does a typical day look like?
Zahra: I live with my daughter and my husband. I’m also a graduate student in painting. I’m currently studying at the Isfahan University of Art. Most of my time is spent reading books and researching art, and I spend some hours doing artworks as well.
Do you just do art, or is an art just part of the picture?
Zahra: Art is the reality of life and living is a kind of art. The artist thinks and imagines the creation of the work every moment. Therefore, there is no gap between art and life. In fact, each is a complement to the other.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc.
Zahra: I like working with oil paint and acrylics, and illustrating children’s books is important to me. When photographing, I am interested in human and nature subjects, and I look for specific angles for taking photos to show them to people. At the same time, I am experiencing all kinds of art, besides I’m fascinated by colors in a painting.
What is the process from start to final artwork, do you envision it from the beginning or is it a different process? And how do you know when a work is finished?
Zahra: To start illustrating, I first read the whole text of the story and imagine it in my mind, then I start illustrating the first image from the part of the story that I like the most. After that, I illustrate the other parts. Photography is a means of showing ordinary subjects, but I try to photograph the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary subjects that appeal to the audience. In painting, I write about the subject and the concerns that have occupied my mind, and then I try to make a few sketches. Since the painting process is unpredictable, the colors are exciting to me. I prefer brush strokes to canvas. To finish the work, an inner feeling stops me. This feeling comes from my previous experiences.
How has your art evolved over the years?
Zahra: My interest in art led to many efforts. In my youth, I got a degree in sewing, embroidery, and hairdressing and became an aerobics coach. Then I would photograph with ordinary cameras and take pictures on different trips and spaces of Iranian nature with hot, dry, and mountainous climates. In 2012 I got a DLSR camera and I have been shooting with this camera for about 8 years. In 2005, I started an oil painting experimentally. Luckily, I was accepted to the Isfahan University of Art a few years ago. I got a bachelor’s degree in graphics and illustration in 2019 and now I am a student of painting at the same university. I try to use my knowledge to create different works of art.
You’ve achieved the first rank of painting in the country Student Festival 2020. What was that experience like?
Zahra: I started writing memoirs as a teenager and then in 2014 I took storytelling classes. When my story won, I felt good and had more confidence to continue writing. In the near future, I’m going to spend some time writing. By writing the story, I draw the audience’s attention to the issues of society. I take the characters of my story from the family and community environment and carefully search for different topics for the story in human behavior.
Besides painting, you are also a photographer and storyteller. Is there a difference between telling the story with paintings, photography, and storytelling? And how are they connected?
Zahra: Art means to express one’s feelings in any way possible, and this flourish is in the form of story, painting, and photography. Artists seek the beauties around them and tries to record this beauty to others in some way. Therefore, the story of painting and other arts is all related in some way and their relationship is the manifestation of human emotions.
You are about to publish some short and illustration-based books for children. Tell me more about that?
Zahra: Illustration for children from (ancient Persian stories dating back to BC) introduces principals and mythological fiction to today’s generation in Iran and the world. By choosing old mythical stories, I tried to illustrate in three sets of 13 frames for each story. These books are ready to be published and are very attractive for children and teenagers. Ancient Iranian literature has extraordinary myths and heroes that are acceptable to today’s generation. If book publishers in Spain are willing to publish these books, we can work together to introduce these legends to the Spanish people and acquaint them with the ancient stories of Iran.
Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Zahra: I was born in the historical and beautiful city of Isfahan and many traditional arts are popular here. The tiled space, old buildings, turquoise domes, colorful rugs, and handicrafts helped to enhance my artistic taste. My mother used to embroider and make traditional handicraft arts. My family also encouraged me. I am now more determined to continue to grow with the encouragement of my family, parents, and professors at the Isfahan University of the Art. Art has been here for thousands of years and most people are interested in it.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Zahra: It is important for any artist to invite others to see, comment, and critique his art by holding an exhibition and to see the reaction of others. Hopefully, after the corona pandemic, when the situation returns to normal, I will definitely hold an exhibition of photos and paintings.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Zahra: Every work of art in any field can be self-expression and expression of inner feelings. Through these expressions, the artist tries to communicate with others. This connection with the language of art can transmit culture and beliefs internationally and lead to international interaction. I introduce my country’s social identity and culture through art. The power to perceive the image and keep it alive is a quality that distinguishes the artist from other people. With it is possible to talk to the whole world. Cultures include different beliefs and traditions, and by understanding the culture of the audience, human beings feel better about each other in the world. As a result, there will be more cooperation for environmental protection and world peace. With are we will create a better world.
What are you currently working on, and what is next for you?
Zahra: I now spend more time reading and writing proposals. In the near future, I will hold an exhibition of photography, painting and illustration. I am negotiating with the publisher to publish my books so that it can be made available to not only Iranian children but also children around the world. I do several things at the same time and most of my future activities will focus on book illustrations and photography. The art of photography is the recording of reality. The art of photography is the recording of reality and that recorded moment will not be reproducible. A photo stops for just a moment of time that cannot be returned. The moment will be spectacular for everyone, and that is very impressive.
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