Interview: Ali Pasandideh


Name: Ali Pasandideh

Where do you live: Mashhad, Iran

Known for: Calligrapher (Modern calligraphy), instructor of Iran calligraphers association.

Currently working on: I am currently working on my next solo exhibition and also a few common works.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this?
After high school, I was looking for a purpose that gives my life a new meaning, so I consulted with one of my teachers. He encouraged me greatly to follow art, because at that time my hand writing was better than my classmates and I was talented in this field. Besides, I was very interested in that. Art was a new challenge for me and it changed my life.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
I really like to live in a place where the people respect and interest in my art and also I learn new things and progress in art.

How would you describe your creativity?
I love poem and I learn it every day. Most of my works are poems and words of big thinkers. I like to show the meaning and concept of these words with my works and share it with art lovers.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
17 years ago, I started as an professional artist by attending at calligraphy classes.

What do you do at the moment projects?
I am working on some projects simultaneously but most of my time spends on creating new works.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
I just say if you believe your skills and love your work, start doing it. The only thing that you have to do is “try and try” and have hope, the future belongs to you.

Tell us how it all started?
It started with learning calligraphy and every day after that I was interested more than more, like that little fish that falls in love with the boundless blue of the sea.

What is the most important thing in a studio for you?
Have silence and peace.

What is your favorite film?
I love film and watching it every week, I can mention a few films that I love more like Papillon,The Shawshank Redemption, Tombstone…

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
My mother, because she loves me without any condition.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
Relaxing vacation with a good friend.

What is luxury for you?
For me, luxury is simplicity. Anything that gives freshness and vitality to me, is a luxury.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
In My recent solo exhibition, one of visitors wrote in the exhibition notebook, “Your name will remain in my mind forever as a person who reconciled me with my own tradition and past”.

What do you fear most?
Death, before seeing results of my efforts.

What is a happy life to you?
A simple life with passion and hope. I think health is the greatest wealth and I am grateful for that.

What does a regular day look like for you?
A busy day, create a new work, reading new poems, sports and if possible, meeting some of my artist friends and sharing our knowledge in a good place.

Tell us about your dream project?
Having exhibition around the world, knowing about cultures and meeting new people.

Who is your professional role inspiration?
I cannot say just one person or a thing. I am inspired by so many artists, scientists and many great people.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
I am a calligrapher. I am very interested in concept and always like to convey these messages in my works. I like to make people begin to think about my work

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?

What inspires you?
Nature is a big inspiration for me, also people who never gave up and overcome their adversity.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
A book that made the most impression in my life is “Divan of Hafiz”.

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