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From Ancient to Modern Calligraphy

Since childhood, I was always fascinated by languages, lettering and calligraphy of different parts of the world. Now, as a Muslim in the USA, I see a lot of negativity towards our tradition but I always look for ways to give some positive message to people through my art.

I was influenced by the artist Elseed and his idea to create unity for people from different background, ethnicity, and religion. My aim is to inspire people to share the same place and learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding.

Although my works contain words in three different languages, there is always at least one recognizable word. This makes the audience curious to ask and decode the message, and this led them to a deep connection with my art.

Even if I use ancient techniques and universal messages of peace, I keep going trying new shapes and colors to present my art to the world with a modern look. My paintings are mostly acrylic on canvas or wood, but I’m always experimenting with materials and textures.

I came to the USA when I was eleven years old. I went to the Islamic school and there I learn the Arabic language. I was fascinated by the elegance of the written Arabic. It wasn’t easy for me to integrate myself, I was a shy kid and paper and pen was my way to escape from solitude and a chance to create my own world.

My family and I were living on the east side of Buffalo, and in that period it was a difficult neighborhood. there were train carts and I looked up to the graffiti as the unique color in the area. very soon the graffiti began to be a source of inspiration for me, even if I never did an illegal graffiti, I have to say they inspired me so much, they were not only beautiful but a bright sign in a very gray situation.

As I grew up I understood the reasons behind graffiti so I thought to try with Islamic calligraphy. At the time the media were spreading a not good image of Muslims and this pushes me to try to do something good to give back to my community and to show to the rest of the world the positive side of a misunderstood culture.

At the beginning Hassan Masudi was my inspiration, then with the internet, I had the chance to explore this world of art and culture I was so interested in. In this way, I found so many artists around the globe who were doing artworks similar to the concepts I had in mind.

This is how I began to do calligraphy, then paintings. I started sharing with the people I love and my community and being part of Buffalo art community. I’m thankful and almost surprised when I achieve something in the art world because I still am that shy weird kid with a pen and a notebook.

In the year 2012, I decided to do calligraphy at a professional level and pursue it as a career. I later started 
I am also part of which is an interfaith organization that promotes peace and allows diverse groups of people from all spectrums to come together for the arts.

I have Joined Buffalo Arts Studios as a Resident Artist on from July 2016. I am also part of which is an interfaith organization that promotes peace and allows diverse groups of people from all spectrums to come together for the arts. I am fortunate to have my arts in different private collections in Paris, Lisbon, NYC and Buffalo.

“Over the years I have developed a personal style that incorporates three different languages that make up my identity: English since I live in the USA, the Bangla, language of my fatherland, and Arabic which is the language of the religion I belong to.”