Farah Ossouli

Born in in Zanjan, Iran, Farah Ossouli earned a diploma in painting in 1971 from the Girls School of Fine Arts, Tehran, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design in 1977 from Tehran University.

“I realized quite early on in my childhood that dolls were not capable of embodying all the tales and personalities I lovingly nurtured in my active imagination. I started creating my own characters out of paper and paint, specific to each one of my fantastic stories. I drew them, painted them, cut them out of cardboard, and played with them for hours and days.

My fondness and fascination for literature and painting grew daily. I felt that these two interests were pulling me in separate directions. I was spellbound by the fascinating game of narration mixed with images. My inner paradise came to a completion when I was capable of uniting these two interests in my work as a painter. The sweet game initiated so joyfully and innocently in my early years continues to live on in me today. I enjoy expressing my personal understanding and interpretation of life and existence through the symbolic characters and stories which I use in my works.”