[+] From Ancient to Modern Calligraphy
I am an Urban Artist specialized in Arabic calligraphy. Over the years I have developed a personal style that incorporates three different languages that make up my identity: English since I live in the USA, the Bangla, language of my fatherland, and Arabic which is the language of the religion I belong to.
Since childhood, I was always fascinated by languages, lettering and calligraphy of different parts of the world. Now, as a Muslim in the USA, I see a lot of negativity towards our tradition but I always look for ways to give some positive message to people through my art.
I was influenced by the artist Elseed and his idea to create unity for people from different background, ethnicity, and religion. My aim is to inspire people to share the same place and learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding.
Although my works contain words in three different languages, there is always at least one recognizable word. This makes the audience curious to ask and decode the message, and this led them to a deep connection with my art.
Even if I use ancient techniques and universal messages of peace, I keep going trying new shapes and colors to present my art to the world with a modern look. My paintings are mostly acrylic on canvas or wood, but I’m always experimenting with materials and textures.
I came to the USA when I was eleven years old. I went to the Islamic school and there I learn the Arabic language. I was fascinated by the elegance of the written Arabic. It wasn’t easy for me to integrate myself, I was a shy kid and paper and pen was my way to escape from solitude and a chance to create my own world.
My family and I were living on the east side of Buffalo, and in that period it was a difficult neighborhood. there were train carts and I looked up to the graffiti as the unique color in the area. very soon the graffiti began to be a source of inspiration for me, even if I never did an illegal graffiti, I have to say they inspired me so much, they were not only beautiful but a bright sign in a very gray situation.
As I grew up I understood the reasons behind graffiti so I thought to try with Islamic calligraphy. At the time the media were spreading a not good image of Muslims and this pushes me to try to do something good to give back to my community and to show to the rest of the world the positive side of a misunderstood culture.
At the beginning Hassan Masudi was my inspiration, then with the internet, I had the chance to explore this world of art and culture I was so interested in. In this way, I found so many artists around the globe who were doing artworks similar to the concepts I had in mind.
This is how I began to do calligraphy, then paintings. I started sharing with the people I love and my community and being part of Buffalo art community. I’m thankful and almost surprised when I achieve something in the art world because I still am that shy weird kid with a pen and a notebook.
In the year 2012, I decided to do calligraphy at a professional level and pursue it as acareer. I later started www.zamanarts.com I am also part of commongroundsrtists.com which is an interfaith organization that promotes peace and allows diverse groups of people from all spectrums to come together for the arts.
I have Joined Buffalo Arts Studios as a Resident Artist on from July 2016.
I am also part of commongroundsrtists.com which is an interfaith organization that
promotes peace and allows diverse groups of people from all spectrums to come
together for the arts.
I am fortunate to have my arts in different private collections in Paris, Lisbon, NYC and
January 2020– Group Show, Hope You Give, Inner Space Gallery. Los Angeles, CA
December 2019 – Solo Exhibition, UUU Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
October 2019 – Anima Mundi at Macro Museum, Rome, Italy.
September 2019 – Solo Exhibition “Readability Vs Illegibility” Nichols School, Buffalo,
August 2019 – Public Art Installation (Mural) in collaboration with Under Ground Rail
Road Heritage center, Niagara Falls, NY.
July 2019– Live Painting and Public Art installation, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara
May 2019 – I was awarded artist of the year 2019 award by Arts Service Initiative of
Western New York.
April 2019 – Group Exhibition “Decorators Show house by Junior League of Buffalo”,
March 2019 – Group Exhibition “Buffalo Arts Studios Invitational”, Historic Kenan Center, Lockport, NY
January 2019 – Solo Exhibition ”Finding Amal”, Roz Steiner Gallery GCC Batavia, NY
December 2018 – Solo Exhibition “Integration”, Argus Gallery Buffalo, NY
September 2018 – Public Art in collaboration with Buffalo State College and Bacon
Grant 2018, Buffalo, NY
August 2018 – Public Art Mural for Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
July 2018 – Public Art Mural in collaboration with BAS, People’s Park and Art initiative Service of Western New York (ASIWNY), Buffalo, NY
July 2018 – Solo Exhibition “LUX”, Buffalo Arts Studios, Buffalo, NY
June 2018– Digital Solo Exhibition “Wisdom”, Artness System Dubai, UAE.
March 2018 – “Mosaic”, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY
March 2018– “Writing On The Wall”, Castellani Art Museum Niagara Falls, NY
March 2018– Artbox Project New York in Armory Art Weeks, New York, NY
February 2018– Group Show “This Is My Era” in Donut Hole Gallery Japan.
January 2018 – Group Show “Can You Keep A Secret”, El Museo Francisco Oller Y
Diego Rivera, Buffalo, NY.
December 2017 – Site-specific installation for the Group Show “Stay Golden”, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY.
November 2017– Annual Buffalo Art Studios Resident Artist Show 2017, Buffalo, NY.
November 2017– “Sugatory: Sweetening Our Existence”, Fundraising Event with Art
Reach WNY, Buffalo, NY
September 2017– Luxembourg Art Prize Finalist Show, Galerie Harvé Lancelin,
September 2017 – “Culture Shock”, Target gallery at Torpedo Art Factory in Alexandria, VA
August 2017 – “Calligraphy Exhibit”, Castellani Art Museum Niagara Falls, NY.
April 2017– Group Show “Decorators Show House with Junior League of Buffalo and
Buffalo News”, Buffalo N.Y.
March 2017 – “CollectX25 Art Auction and Group Show”, Buffalo Art Studios, Buffalo,
February 2017– Art Showing and conference speech at Interfaith Public Discussion in
Westminster Presbyterian Church Buffalo, NY.
February 2017– Group Show “Borderless” in Jersey City Center Jersey City, NJ.
January 2017 – Group Show, Hilbert College McGrath Library Hamburg, Buffalo, NY.
December 2016 – Group Show “Holy Molly”, Niza Knoll Gallery Denver, CO.
December 2016 – “Code Of Faith” Group Show, Laura I. Gallery, London, UK.
December 2016 – Group Show “Dorian Grey Projects” with Dorian Grey gallery, Art
Basel Week, Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL.
November 2016– Group Show “GatherX25 Resident Artist Show”, Buffalo Arts Studio,
November 2016 – Art Showing, Communal Art project and public discussion, Castellani
Art Museum, Niagara Falls, NY.
April 2016 – Charity Art Auction, Rotary Club of Buffalo, NY.
February 2016 – Solo show at commongroundartist.com In Buffalo NY.