Farnaz Tasbihgoo was born in Tehran, Iran to two architect parents and was exposed to art from a very young age. She obtained a degree in both Fine Art Painting and Architecture and then continued her journey in art by obtaining her master’s degree in Fine Art Photography, allowing her to tell stories through her camera. Farnaz has great experience working with children: she has taught art classes to children (ages 2-12) at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) in Oakland and, in addition, assisted in developing the science curriculum. Farnaz also has extensive teaching experience at Boostan Kids in San Mateo, where she has taught children ages 2-4.
Negar is an Iranian artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology and Interior Design. She has produced many programs including puppet shows, painting, writing, woodworking, and handcraft workshops for NGO's that work with children. Negar is currently working as a theater set-stage designer and costume designer.
Fine artist and artisan, Alice Pennes, has been teaching art for over fifteen years. She has a master’s degree in Integrative Health from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), for which she focused on the healing power of creative expression and the connection between art and wellness. Alice has had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of different communities, including Latino youth, women’s groups, and children and adults with disabilities. Organizations Alice has worked with include, but are certainly not limited to: Employee Wellness, Prestwood Elementary School, Social Advocates for Youth- Grief Services, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, ArtEscape.
Somaieh Amini was born on Christmas day of 1981 in Isfahan, a historical city in central western Iran with a strong cultural heritage. She started her artistic career when she was 18 and she received her BA in painting from Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Iran and her master’s from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. She has an extensive portfolio covering a wide variety of mediums, focusing on oil and canvas.
Shimana moved to the United States in 2014 from Tehran, Iran, where she studied graphic design at Tehran Art University. She pursued photography after obtaining her degree, as her fascination with other people’s stories motivated her to capture narratives through imagery. Shimana came to the United States to obtain a dual degree in marriage family therapy and art therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. She studied therapy in hopes of spreading the healing power of art and to help others find meaning within their own unique stories through therapeutic process. Alongside her studies, Shimana is passionate about street photography and the process of traveling, capturing, and immersing herself in other parts of the world. The power of connecting with others of different cultures is what drives her in her work.
Sophia Sattar was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She graduated in 1995 from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, receiving her bachelors in Fine Arts in painting and a minor in printmaking. Sophia has been featured in the Herald and Extra magazine in Pakistan and in the American Collectors Art and Islamic Art magazine in the May Issue 2013. KALW, San Francisco covered her in their Crosscurrents show in March 2014. She has earned her MFA in the graduate school of painting at the Academy of Art University in 2012. Sophia was nominated in the Emerging Art Series at the Academy for 2013. Her work has been selected as part of the Student Outreach Program by the De Young Museum. She sees her paintings as a bridge between East and West with arabic calligraphy with a western sensibility.
Tina is an industrial designer in San Francisco Bay Area currently working at Stellar Design. Originally from Los Angeles, she obtained BS in Industrial Design at San Jose State University. Growing up she has experimented with a variety of different kinds of art and design, from sketching and ceramics to graphic design and soft goods. Tina is a maker and enjoys learning new mediums and methods to create, from using wood shop and sewing to utilizing laser cutting and 3D printing. As a designer, she is interested in creating sustainable products that are intuitive for users.