From her facebook page:

Afarin Sajedi was born in 1979 in Shiraz. She came to Tehran to study at the Azad University of Tehran where she got her degree in Graphic Design. Sajedi’s creativity, technique and powerful presentation are sure to ensure her an elevated position in the world of Iranian art. She has several motifs she enjoys portraying. However, whether she is depicting her Japanese people, her clowns or her theatrical personages she only portrays women. In all her works her women’s faces are highly made up be it in pain or joy to show how she visualizes women when they leave the security of their homes to enter the world outside. “Women have often told me how much they enjoy using make up because it allows them another face,” Sajedi exclaims in despair. She confesses that she has been highly influenced by Heinrich Boll’s Clown and by Gustav Klimt. She uses Klimt’s depth of color to vivify the pain of the modern woman in any role she decides to thrust herself into. Red plays an important role in the works of this painter. “It’s an aggressive color,” Sajedi says, “and I love aggressive colors.” Sajedi has participated in four group and four solo exhibitions. She is presently living and working in Tehran.

 

 

We recently discovered her work and are fascinated with the micro expressions of each of the women Sajedi brings to life.  I find the contrast with Sajedi’s beautiful faces (in what seems like a more Western ideal of beauty) nicely opposed with the almost terrified, sad, and somewhat tortured essence of their expression to be (oddly) very pleasing. What I mean by this is, if they were just beautiful faces that’d be one thing but to wonder, as the viewer, what’s going on is more interesting than just your average painting.