June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
Art and creative expression have been around as long as humankind. The artist featured in this Baha’i Blog images post has been mastering an art form with a long and distinguished history: Arash Diznab is a Persian calligrapher, specializing in Nastaliq and Shekasteh-Nastaliq styles. Below you’ll find a small gallery of some of his works, as well as some words he shared with us about his artistry.
Baha’i Blog: Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Arash Nedaiee Diznab. I was born in Tehran, Iran on the 14th of June, 1977. I moved to Australia in 2016. I studied pharmacy in Iran and l am self-employed.
Baha’i Blog: Could you please tell us a little about your art? What kind of art do you create?
My art works are Persian calligraphy or Iranian calligraphy, which have been one of the significant and main fine arts throughout the history of Iran. Contemporary Iranian calligraphy is divided into eight different styles. I am specialised in two of the styles, namely Nastaliq and Shekasteh-Nastaliq (cursive Nastaliq), that have been in use for over a thousand years. The Bab and Bahaʼu’llah were experts in Iranian calligraphy and Bahaʼu’llah’s father was a distinguished calligrapher.
I started learning Nastaliq at the Iranian Association of Calligraphers in 1996 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2000. Since 2002 I have conducted numerous private classes for students focusing on handwriting and creating artwork using calligraphy.
The first solo exhibition of my work was in Tehran in 2004; portraying love in Persian classic and contemporary poetry. The title of the exhibition was “Sharhe Parishani” meaning “Reflections of Turmoil”.
I held my second solo exhibition titled “The First Call of The Beloved”, in March 2019 in Wollongong Art Gallery (Australia) with 42 artworks that convey the concepts of unity in diversity, peace, love, kindness, detachment and mankind’s position in universe.
Baha’i Blog: What inspires you?
In this art, the artist tries to attract people’s sight to the words, quotes and poets by beautifying them and create new forms — hopefully the audience will think about that concept.
Baha’i Blog: Thank you so much, Arash, for sharing this with us.
In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
I congratulate from the bottom of my heart for these beautiful pictures. These pictures are excellent. The colors are real musical tones and heavenly radiation. Baha’u’llah was also such an artist. But there was more! I warmly congratulate you on this wonderful art
Margrit Rita Hurni (June 6, 2020 at 3:01 PM)
Arash I warmly congratulate you on this wonderful work. Of course they are sacred to me. Simply excellent Arash Diznab? SUPER SCHÖN
Margrit Rita Hurni (June 6, 2020 at 3:06 PM)
Dear Arash your artistic pen takes one easily away from the material plane to a mystical and spiritual one! As if the words are finding ways to soar through the mind. Your artworks are not only capturing the eye, but also touching the heart. What a wonderful way to present the Words of God!
Soraya Forghani (June 6, 2020 at 11:16 PM)
Thank you so much dear Soraya
Arash Nedaie Diznab (July 7, 2020 at 1:11 AM)
Thx Paradies is my LOV! O Son of Beinig…… this is for my ! This is my most beautiful picture my favorite picture!,,,
Margrit Rita Hurni (June 6, 2020 at 9:16 AM)
Thanks Dear Margrit . That’s my pleasure
Arash Nedaie Diznab (July 7, 2020 at 1:10 AM)