HESSAM - IRANIAN ARTISTBorn in the city of Shiraz, Iran in 1951, Hessam Abrishami was the son of middle-class parents; one of eight brothers and sisters. It was not until he was 15 that, through the inspiration and encouragement of a high school teacher, Hessam discovered both his love of art and his talent for painting.

Hessam soon became obsessed with painting.

While he devoted his major effort to painting, he also seriously studied related types of art, including calligraphy and architecture - both of which he credits with making major contributions to the development of his work.

At 17, Hessam received his first award for painting. A year later he won top honors in painting in a national student competition in Iran. At 19, he achieved first-place honors in the Iranian New Artists Competition. Many other national and international honors followed.

During the revolution in Iran, Hessam collaborated with a friend on a book of paintings and poetry titled Screams. Its powerful religious and political overtones proved unacceptable to the new Iranian government and Hessam soon left for Italy and eventually the United States where he currently resides.

Vibrant colors, dynamic composition and powerful expression go hand in hand with imagination and expert craftsmanship to create works of amazing depth and dimension which are at once both intriguing and disarming to the viewer.

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