About Fereshteh Setayesh
In 1981, I entered to world of painting. At the age of 18, my very first art instructor, Aidin Aghdashlou, agreed to train me and this was the beginning of a long journey filled with ups and downs.
After my first exhibition got noticed by viewers and critics and brought me a great deal of positive reviews and feedbacks, I knew that art is my destiny.
In the first 16 years of my artistic career, I focused on real still-life painting with color pencil. Then slowly moved away from objectivism and changed my view toward visual art. Through changing elements in my artworks and learning about material substances and textures; I have made new compositions for my paintings. By using materials like metal, wood, glass, rope and fabric, I have created a visual expression using words made from texture, surface, layers, lines and colors.
I believe everything beautiful, free, simple and surprising, stimulating human sensitivity and emotions, is an artwork. I combine unrelated elements to create an independent one, getting my audience excited by new patterns. I visualize another world like a visual story beyond this world and nature. A visual expression of what does not exist, but it should.
Like a seeker child, I am always looking to see and explore new borders in my work and with every new experiment; I feel a great joy as I believe this has been my greatest teacher in life, art and specially painting.
During years, I have participated in more than 85 group and solo exhibitions and my works are presented and sold in US, Canada, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, France, UAE and Iran.
I dance my joy of connecting to the world in my canvas or just experience the silence through it. By combining various materials, I create a visual touch, connect the fragmented world together and rearrange the puzzle of my world the way I like to see it – freely, just like the painting world, I live in.