Maryam Rassapour is a graphic designer, visual artist, and art teacher. Her artwork is mostly based on mixed media. Maryam loves to use different mediums, applying her own unique techniques to boldly express the ordinary life she observes around her, which is strongly inspired by Iranian culture, both past and present.
Maryam was born in Tehran, Iran and she started her artistic journey when she was 13 years old, painting her first oil on canvas piece. From there she continued onward until she received her BFA/MFA in Graphic Design from Azad University in Tehran, Iran.
In 1996, while an undergraduate, Maryam co-founded a boutique graphic design company called Kasheh (http://kasheh.com), with one of her colleagues in Iran. During this period she had several group exhibitions, illustrated some books, and designed several other book covers. Maryam also taught art and helped students prepare their portfolios for university. Kasheh continues to this day and Maryam remotely contributes while her colleague runs the business back in Iran.
Since moving to the U.S. in 2003, Maryam has continued to work as a graphic designer, visual artist, and art teacher. Here she has participated in several group exhibitions in D.C, Miami, Orlando, and LA. Currently, one of her pieces is on exhibit at The Art and Craft Museum in LA, as part of the Focus Iran 2 Exhibition sponsored by The Farhang Foundation.