Born in Tehran, Iran, Aryai displayed an interest in art from early childhood. Finding himself in a stringent cultural environment. In the mid 70's, Aryai left Iran for England where he received his formal education and was free to pursue his artistic passions. Later he ventured on to the United States where in the mid 80's he immersed himself in the medium of photography. This gave him the perfect means and medium to capture the essence and the beauty through his own unique vision, approach, and style.
Aryai is also credited with producing artistic product renderings for such major companies as Nike, Kraft, Blue Cross, Samsung and Adidas. His images have also appeared as key set decorations in major motion pictures.
Aryai's images speak universally and have garnered both national and international acclaim. His work has had exhibits in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and his collectors span the globe.
Sia Aryai explores female beauty through the filter of his own childhood, where as a boy he sketched female figures from contraband magazines.
Aryai portrays empty gazes and whitened faces of women. Aryai seeks to reduce the effects of cultural dictates about appeal, attraction and to highlight the essential, timeless qualities of his subjects. Aryai’s portraits reflect a perspective about beauty that was formed by the restrictive circumstances of his youth and that has since become a key element of his identity as an artist