About me

I created this site to help aspiring figurative painters including myself make a decisive contribution to the Art of Painting.

If you feel that painting’s nobility must be restored, if you want to devote yourself to that cause but you don’t see how it can be done and you need support, then this is the place to be.

In the process, I want to create a community of painters that will be willing to take their skills and creativity to the highest level, pushing the limits each time further.

Understanding that this can only be done by being pragmatic and open-minded, most of the resources I offer will be free. Thus allowing access to anyone and bringing diversity into this endeavour.

However, that being said, in order to support myself and my family, I will also fund the project by donations and paying resources. I will make these as low-cost as possible.

To understand better where my path originated, in the hope that some of you might find similar pathways in your own stories, a little about myself.

I was born in Teheran, Iran in 1977 and came to France at the age of 3. When I was 12, my father and one of my little brothers died in a car accident and this had a very decisive influence on the rest of my life.

My childhood was tough and forced me to be resourceful. Hard as it was, it gave me the taste for challenges and being confident with learning on my own.

At the age of 18, seduced by what Lycée teachers proclamed to be “la voie royale” (the French royal path to success), I decided to join “the best” and study mathematics and physics to get into the best engineering schools.

After a lot of hard work, I became an engineer in 2001 (at Ecole des Mines de Nancy), got my MSc in Advanced Computing from Imperial College, London in 2002 and started working in the biggest French Utilities company.

As soon as I started working, I realized that I wouldn’t survive long in that environment. I had fought to be among the best in school but in the workspace, I found everything boring and people highly immoral. The tasks I was forced to work had nothing to do engineering. They were basically all management tasks among people fighting over advancement, money and power.

That world wasn’t for me.

So in 2003, I started thinking about art and brick after brick, layer after layer, I build my interest for painting and art.

I know today that work in a corporation was only immoral from my point of view. But that’s the only point of view that counts and I had made a terrible mistake as an 18 year old choosing this path. I never belonged there in the first place.

In fact, as I got to know myself better, I discovered I had no clue who I really was. In psychological terms, I am extremely high in openness (interested in abstract ideas), very conscientious and industrious but also very competitive and prone to cognitive stress.

These are fairly common personality traits among artists and mine were at odds with working in a closed, non creative and business-like environment.

Still, it took me a long time to quit my job. Finally, in 2016, after 15 years in engineering, I “burnt the dead wood” as Peterson would say and continued as a painter.

And here I am today, never happier, working litteraly day and night to get my skills up to the top, building the future of painting and spending the best times with my beautiful wife and two children.

So, if you feel this resonates with you, if you feel you have it within you the strenght to move mountains, let’s help each other. Join me, write me a mail, send me a letter and let’s discuss what we can do to make this painting contribution happen.

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