art

Daryoush Bahar

Bio: 
I have been actively drawing, painting, and creating art for the past 33 years. My inspiration in creating art was partly a mental reaction to dealing with the political circumstances of 1979 Iranian revolution and leaving Iran prematurely at age of 11 to attend boarding school in Hastings, England. The other underlying reason for my inspiration for creating art was tied to understanding why I was here on this earth and what was my purpose in living. After attending 4 years of boarding school in England, I came to the United States. I completed BSc in Chemical Engineering, MSc in Civil Engineering, and recently finished my Juris Doctor degree in Law. During all the years I continued to draw and paint actively, showing at galleries in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. I work with mixed media including pen and ink, acrylic, and oils. I have also worked with plaster and ceramics. In 2008, I started the ATUSSA Clothing label (www.atussa.com) that was based on my pen and ink work. My vision was that art belongs to the masses and when art is worn, the person becomes a walking, breathing, living canvas. The name ATUSSA was based on the Persian Queen Atussa (Daughter of Cyrus, wife of Darius, and mother of Xerxes) for her leadership, strength, and command of the Persian empire during the absence of the King. Today, Atussa has grown in many dimensions and ATUSSA stands for “A True Understanding of Seductively Sexy Art”. It has become a platform of a select group of artist to showcase their art and talent. The clothing label is divided into the Express line featuring my original pen and inks printed on clothing garments, and the Couture line featuring one-of-a-kind clothing garments that are hand-made, hand-drawn, and hand- stitched with chain-mail and other art forms. Today we are one of San Francisco’s leading independent fashion designers with our signature style participating in numerous fashion shows and have an ongoing virtual store (www.atussastore.com). I have been successfully performing live art for the past 2 years at events for entertainment, cultural, political, and humanitarian organizations. I never plan any piece that I start and the art is inspired by the theme or cause, music, and the energy at the event. The pieces are usually sold at the venue or donated to the cause. My style has evolved over the 3 decades of my artistic expression and my latest style is a combination of pen and ink with acrylic and oils. The inspiration for my art today is my thirst for life, my active lifestyle, and a continuing spiritual journey. I have been teaching indoor cycle for the last 3 years and love inspiring people to be more active, healthy, and confident in themselves. I completed my first Ironman 70.3 event (triathlon-1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.2 mile run) this year in California and I am training for the Kona World Championship Ironman in 2012.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
Fashion
photography
Acting
Sculpture
Engineering
bridge design
Law
Education: 
BSc Chemical Engineering; Msc Civil Engineering; JD LAW
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Andy Warhol
Picasso
cravaggio
Dali
Ann Rice
James Redfield
Ekhart Tolle
Mooji
JK Rowling
Pearl Buck
Hermann Hess
J.R.R. Tolkien
Voltaire
Descarte
Location
City or Town: 
San Francisco Bay Area
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Heriberto Luna

Bio: 
HERIBERTO LUNA 131 SOUTH AVE 63 APT # 26 Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 321-4308 hluna2525@yahoo.com Selected Group Exhibitions 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art, FRESH Silent Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Santa Monica Museum of Art,5th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2009 Howeeduzzit Gallery, Pastels R us, Alhambra,CA 2008 Fremont Gallery, Christmas exhibit, Pasadena, CA 2008 Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Ancient Ofrenda: Elements of an Altar, Tempe, AZ 2008 Howeeduzzit Gallery, A Seat in the Imagination , Alhambra, CA 2008 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Silent Auction and Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA 2008 Museum of History and Art, El Dia De Los Muertos, Ontario, CA 2008 The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Mayan-inspired works solo exhibit Los Angeles, CA 2008 Eagle Rock Center for The Arts, 6th annual Route 66 Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2008 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 4th annual Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2008 Encantada Gallery , Inspiration of love, San Francisco, CA 2007 Bluebirdarthouse Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Whittier, CA 2007 Bowers Museum, A Celebration of Life, installation, Santa Ana, CA 2007 The DA Gallery, Blurring the Line, Pomona, CA 2007 Museum of History and Art, Ofrendas, Ontario, CA 2007 Millicent Rogers Museum, Turquoise Jubilee Action, Taos, NM 2007 Santa Monica Museum of Art,3th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2007 Museum of History and Art, Ontario Jury Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2007 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Route 66 Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Museum of Latin American Art, Dancing with the Dead, Long Beach, CA 2006 Museum of History and Art, Dia de los Muertos, Ontario, CA 2006 The DA Center for the Arts, Into the Future-Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2006 Latino Art Museum, Chicano Now, Pomona, CA 2006 Instituto de Cultural de Baja California, Velvet, Tijuana, México 2006 Millicent Rogers Museum, Turquoise Jubilee Auction, Taos, NM 2006 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, From the Collection of Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Route 66 Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Millard Sheets Gallery, Latino Artists of Los Angeles, Pomona, CA 2005 Santa Monica Museum of Art,2th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2005 National Museum of Mexican Fine Art, The Journey Home, Chicago, IL 2005 The DA Center for the Arts, Emerging from Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2005 National Hispanic Cultural Center, Tesoros, Albuquerque, NM 2005 Arizona Estate University Kerr Cultural Center, Arizona International Latino/a.fine art, Scottsdale, AZ 2005 Museum of History and Art, Ontario, Ontario Juried Art Exhibition, Ontario,CA HERIBERTO LUNA 131 SOUTH AVE 63 APT # 26 Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 321-4308 hluna2525@yahoo.com Selected Group Exhibitions 2005 Harwood Museum, La Madre Poderosa, Taos, NM 2004 California State University, Indigenous Culture Art, Northridge, CA 2004 Museum of History and Art, Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2004 DA Center for The Arts, Aztlan Dos/La Familia, Pomona, CA 2004 Latino Art Museum, Chicano Biennale, Pomona, CA 2004 Sub Gallery, University of New México, Fiesta de Colores exhibit, Albuquerque, NM 2004 Latino Art Museum, Strangers in Our Own Land, Pomona, CA 2003 Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Latino/a Art Auction and Symposia, Tempe, AZ 2003 Angels Gate Cultural Center, Seeing Red, San Pedro, CA 2003 DA Center for the Arts, Returning to Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2003 Galleria Mundo, Los Angeles, When the Stream Spirit Rises, CA 2002 Galería Mundo, Mujer como un rio-Woman like a river, Los Angeles, CA 2001 Galeria Mundo, Day of the Dead, Los Angeles, CA AWARDS 2006 Artist in Residence Grant, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department 2006 Arts Fine Fellowship Grant 2006 City of Los Angeles, Certificate of Appreciation For the accomplishments and achievements through the arts. 2007 Artist in Residence Grant, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs department COLLECTIONS Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, AZ Student union, Northridge state university, CA Institute For Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana Business experience 2005-2008 Itzat art studio, Los Angeles, CA 2009-current Two track art studio ,Los Angeles, CA
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
Mentors and Inspiration: 
my self
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Heriberto Luna

Bio: 
HERIBERTO LUNA 131 SOUTH AVE 63 APT # 26 Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 321-4308 hluna2525@yahoo.com Selected Group Exhibitions 2009 Museum of Contemporary Art, FRESH Silent Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2009 Santa Monica Museum of Art,5th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2009 Howeeduzzit Gallery, Pastels R us, Alhambra,CA 2008 Fremont Gallery, Christmas exhibit, Pasadena, CA 2008 Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Ancient Ofrenda: Elements of an Altar, Tempe, AZ 2008 Howeeduzzit Gallery, A Seat in the Imagination , Alhambra, CA 2008 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Silent Auction and Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA 2008 Museum of History and Art, El Dia De Los Muertos, Ontario, CA 2008 The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, Mayan-inspired works solo exhibit Los Angeles, CA 2008 Eagle Rock Center for The Arts, 6th annual Route 66 Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2008 Santa Monica Museum of Art, 4th annual Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2008 Encantada Gallery , Inspiration of love, San Francisco, CA 2007 Bluebirdarthouse Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Whittier, CA 2007 Bowers Museum, A Celebration of Life, installation, Santa Ana, CA 2007 The DA Gallery, Blurring the Line, Pomona, CA 2007 Museum of History and Art, Ofrendas, Ontario, CA 2007 Millicent Rogers Museum, Turquoise Jubilee Action, Taos, NM 2007 Santa Monica Museum of Art,3th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2007 Museum of History and Art, Ontario Jury Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2007 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, Route 66 Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Museum of Latin American Art, Dancing with the Dead, Long Beach, CA 2006 Museum of History and Art, Dia de los Muertos, Ontario, CA 2006 The DA Center for the Arts, Into the Future-Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2006 Latino Art Museum, Chicano Now, Pomona, CA 2006 Instituto de Cultural de Baja California, Velvet, Tijuana, México 2006 Millicent Rogers Museum, Turquoise Jubilee Auction, Taos, NM 2006 Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, From the Collection of Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Route 66 Art Auction, Los Angeles, CA 2005 Millard Sheets Gallery, Latino Artists of Los Angeles, Pomona, CA 2005 Santa Monica Museum of Art,2th Incognito, Santa Monica, CA 2005 National Museum of Mexican Fine Art, The Journey Home, Chicago, IL 2005 The DA Center for the Arts, Emerging from Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2005 National Hispanic Cultural Center, Tesoros, Albuquerque, NM 2005 Arizona Estate University Kerr Cultural Center, Arizona International Latino/a.fine art, Scottsdale, AZ 2005 Museum of History and Art, Ontario, Ontario Juried Art Exhibition, Ontario,CA HERIBERTO LUNA 131 SOUTH AVE 63 APT # 26 Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 321-4308 hluna2525@yahoo.com Selected Group Exhibitions 2005 Harwood Museum, La Madre Poderosa, Taos, NM 2004 California State University, Indigenous Culture Art, Northridge, CA 2004 Museum of History and Art, Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition, Ontario, CA 2004 DA Center for The Arts, Aztlan Dos/La Familia, Pomona, CA 2004 Latino Art Museum, Chicano Biennale, Pomona, CA 2004 Sub Gallery, University of New México, Fiesta de Colores exhibit, Albuquerque, NM 2004 Latino Art Museum, Strangers in Our Own Land, Pomona, CA 2003 Museum of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Latino/a Art Auction and Symposia, Tempe, AZ 2003 Angels Gate Cultural Center, Seeing Red, San Pedro, CA 2003 DA Center for the Arts, Returning to Aztlan, Pomona, CA 2003 Galleria Mundo, Los Angeles, When the Stream Spirit Rises, CA 2002 Galería Mundo, Mujer como un rio-Woman like a river, Los Angeles, CA 2001 Galeria Mundo, Day of the Dead, Los Angeles, CA AWARDS 2006 Artist in Residence Grant, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department 2006 Arts Fine Fellowship Grant 2006 City of Los Angeles, Certificate of Appreciation For the accomplishments and achievements through the arts. 2007 Artist in Residence Grant, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs department COLLECTIONS Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, AZ Student union, Northridge state university, CA Institute For Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana Business experience 2005-2008 Itzat art studio, Los Angeles, CA 2009-current Two track art studio ,Los Angeles, CA
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
Mentors and Inspiration: 
my self
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Parastou Marashi

Bio: 
Listen - Discover - Create
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
directing
editing
photography
videography
jewelry
photography
digital media
writing
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
design
Digital media
user experience design
social media
participatory media
communication
cross-cultural exchange
Education: 
Interactive Telecommunications - NYU
Architecture - OSU
Mentors and Inspiration: 
my parents
sisters
friends
deepak
millman
hafiz
synchronisity
Location
City or Town: 
New York
State or Province: 
NY
Country: 
United States

Hediyeh Nikbakht

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
graphic design
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
art
nature
Mentors and Inspiration: 
love
Location
City or Town: 
Topanga

Sholeh Wolpe

Bio: 
Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, literary translator and writer. She was born in Iran and spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. Sholeh’s most recent awards include the 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. About Sholeh, the Poetry Foundation writes: "Wolpé’s concise, unflinching, and often wry free verse explores violence, culture, and gender. So many of Wolpé's poems deal with the violent situation in the Middle East, yet she is ready to both bravely and playfully refuse to let death be too proud." She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, The Scar Saloon and Rooftops of Tehran; two collections of translations, Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad, and a special edition of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself into Persian, co-translated with Mohsen Emadi and commissioned by the University of Iowa’s International Program. She is the editor of numerous anthologies, including Breaking the Jaws of Silence—Sixty American Poets Speak to the World, featuring the most respected voices in American poetry, and The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles. She is a regional editor and a translator for the Iran section of Tablet and Pen—Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and her Iran Edition of the Atlanta Review became the journal’s best selling issue. Sholeh is a poet who straddles two cultures and languages. She is committed to translating and editing poetry and other literature from Iran, because in her view, "people should dialogue through poetry and not their politicians." Sholeh's work has been translated into several languages and included in numerous poetry and fiction anthologies, such as Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia; Beyond; Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: An Anthology of Asian American Female Poets; PowWow--Charting the Faultlines in the American Experience—Fiction from Then to Now; and Termors—New Fiction by Iranian American Writers. She has taught poetry and literary translation at Stonecoast's MFA program and has participated in numerous festivals including Dodge Poetry Festival, and sponsored international programs such as Same Gate in Turkey, interacting and writing with poets from Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, France, Iran and the U.S.. She lives (mostly) in Los Angeles.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
poetry
Area(s) of Interest: 
literature
art
Theater
translation
Education: 
M.A. from Northwestern Unviersity
MHS from Johns Hopkins University
BA from George Washington University
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Jerry Fresia

Bio: 
I grew up in western Massachusetts, in a working class neighborhood. All my grandparents were from Italy. I was the first in my family to go to college where I earned a degree in engineering. But that was definitely not me. It was the late 60s, the counter culture was in full force but I was on the outside looking in. I decided to go to grad school in political science and eventually received a PhD and taught at a few different schools. But again that didn't work for me either. As it turned out I had been studying painting steadily on the side so when I was 40, I dropped out of academia to try to make a living as an artist. I moved to San Francisco and began organizing artists so that we could have our own independent means of producing and distributing our work, directly to the public, via outdoor exhibitions in public spaces. It was the only way I could have made a living as a painter. In 2004, my wife, Conchitina, and I moved to Lake Como in Italy and that is where I am today, teaching painting through workshops.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
Politics
beauty
justice
resistance
Education: 
PhD
political science
University of Massachusetts
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Emma Goldman
Noam Chomsky
Karl Marx
Impressionists
Robert Henri
David Viscott
Michael Abert
Peter Bohmer
William Connolly
Location
City or Town: 
Lenno
State or Province: 
Como
Country: 
Italy

Karen Fiorito

Bio: 
Karen Fiorito received her Master’s in Fine Art in Printmaking from Arizona State University and her Bachelor's of Fine Art in Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania. Her work has also been featured in major publications such as Art in America, the Hungton Post, the LA Weekly,and URB Magazine.She was the recipient of a Change, Inc. Grant from Robert Rauchenberg in 2004 and a Pun Foundation Grant for a billboard in Santa Monica in 2005. Fiorito recently curated Evolution Revolution: The Interconnectedness of All Beings, a ground breaking, multimedia, educational, socially and environmentally conscious exhibition which explored various aspects of animal welfare, the environment and human’s connection to all beings. This exhibition featured the works of William Wegman, Robbie Conal, Sue Coe, Gee Vaucher, Peter Kuper, Yuri Shimojo, Jonathan Horowitz, Emek, and Cole Gerst and debuted at the Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios on February 19, 2011. She recently was the rst resident artist at Jo Lankester Limited Edition Prints in Townsville, Australia, where she also was commissioned by the Perk Tucker Regional Gallery to produce a two-sided light box on Flinders Square. Currently Ms. Fiorito divides her time between Los Angeles, CA and Australia. She is currently working on a solo show to debut in Los Angeles in 2013.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
instrumentalist
art photography
ceramics
digital media
drawing
print making
sculpture
writing
creative writing
journalism
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
philosophy and politics
and anything remotely related
Education: 
Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art
Printmaking
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Noam Chomsky
Robbie Conal
Sue Coe
Joseph Segura
Kathryn Maxwell
Greg Palast
Jon Stewart
Stephen Colbert
Matt Groening
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Farzad Kohan

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
painting
sculpture
Area(s) of Interest: 
art
Education: 
Self Taught
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Life
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Sylvia Beato

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
writing
Area(s) of Interest: 
languages
travel
food
psychology
spirituality
literature
art
Education: 
Emerson College (Writing
Literature and Publishing)
New College of Florida (Literature/ Spanish Language and Culture
Mentors and Inspiration: 
undefined
Location
City or Town: 
New York
State or Province: 
NY
Country: 
United States
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