My love for art started when I met a famous Iranian painter 18 years ago, he ignited a passion in me that I couldn’t ignore. Growing up in Iran, I have seen first-hand the struggles of women in society, my voice like so many others have gone unheard, not just in Iran but across the world, and through the international language of art I want to present those suppressed or unseen feelings.

My work focuses on portraits of women, often concentrating on the political injustice women can face in society. I want to empower those women and give them a voice, ignoring the trappings of power and the rituals needed for its effect, or evoking the traditional distancing of the supplicant by those in power, giving voice to those who are often unheard, or revealing the power of language through beauty. 

My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. My preferred material is oil and although my methodology and theme is consistent, I also include elements of  nature and animals. I want the viewer to feel the freedom of the birds to the stark contrast of the restriction the women feel. The horses representing the strength they feel on the inside, yet also the fragility and beauty of women. I pay particular attention to their eyes, always looking straight at the viewer, drawing them to look back and into their souls to see their innermost feelings.

Darya Khatami, Artist