- Baha’is believe in the power of prayer and you’ll find Baha’is and their friends, throughout the world, getting together to pray. This is often referred to as a ‘devotional gathering’ or ‘devotional meeting’, and they happen in diverse settings, whether in cities or villages.
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.
You can find out more by following Arash on Instagram (@arashnadaiee) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/arash.nedaiee).
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