Iranian artist Reza Shafahi (b. 1940) began his career in his 70s, having spent the preceding decades largely disconnected from his family, working through an addiction to gambling. Art became a way out when his son, artist Mamali Shafahi, invited him to participate in a daily drawing exercise. For the first time, a generous selection of Reza’s works are collected within this stand-alone volume, celebrating the full scope of his artistic practice.
Classic poems by Rumi, Khayyam, Saadi, and the more modern Forough Farrokhzad—clear influences on Reza’s vibrant and sensual creations—are presented here in Farsi and in English translation. Contributions by Mamali, Cox, Michael Bullock, and Martha Kirszenbaum lend further context to Reza’s artistic journey, into a world that, as Kirszenbaum notes, shines with ‘a touch of glow and softness.’
Softcover | 192 pages | 11 in. x 8.5 in. | First edition