"I have been asked often why I paint females often?"
Hello, my name is Ramin. I was born in 1982 in Ramedan, once the ancient capital of the Medes (Ekbatana) in western Iran. After our house was bombed during the first world war (between Iraq and Iran) we moved to Tehran in 1988 where I grew up from the age of six. I have many memories of our house in Hamedan. My family as well as my relatives where very interested and active in arts and cultural affairs. In particular they tended to poetry and painting. My dad had studied in England and he often painted in his free time. My uncle’s have painted as well. My mother and my aunts always wrote poems and short stories and read them to the children. We always talked about art and culture in our house. I lost my father when I was 19. After my graduation (high school diploma) I started studying art and since then I have also been very interested in the fields of film, video and theater. I even had an admission from France to study art but I preferred to stay in Tehran. I live in Germany since 2012. The first 4 years I have lived in Dusseldorf. I exhibited my paintings there often, but gradually noticed that there message was difficult to get across. Often I was advised that I should paint in Persian. But for me it’s essentially about the people them self’s, beyond their religion and skin color. Over time for me it became to crowded there and I moved to Berlin three years ago. I quickly settled into Berlin and feel at home there. I have had many exhibitions here. I also organize workshops and make short films. The center of my picture is “cordiality” as sincere, open and familiar behavior. For me it is crucial for human coexistence. My pictures tell about my own feelings, subjective moments like an album of my life. In a narrative style, I try to present these moments as if life were fixed in time. I want to sensitize the viewer for moments in which he turns into himself and perceives his inner voice that speaks to himself. Only then can he separate himself from the unessential things around him and perceive his true nature. Today’s media power is taking people away from their inner world which to me is worrying and dangerous. Compassion is slowly disappearing everywhere and the current world situation does not give much hope.