FREE for members, Non- members $5.00 This can be applied towards your $50 membership fee.
Demonstrations are in Ole Hanson Room, behind gallery 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Next demonstration will be on November 11.
Signature member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and
Laguna Plein Air Painters Associaton(lpapa)
“… the importance of color values and brush strokes … continues to influence his paintings, whether the subject is a figure or a seascape.” Artists to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine, June 2002
The joy of painting came to Ebrahim at the early age of 13 when he started exploring nearby galleries and exhibitions in Tehran, Iran. He sensed strong artistic talents awaken within him. After passionately exploring different art media, he won prizes in local art competitions and began studying under the supervision of a local master. At age 17, he was admitted to the prestigious Kamal-al-Molk Arts Institute and fortunately had a chance to have one the Russian masters Alexander as teacher for short time. That critical period laid the foundation for his art career.
Within a few years, he became a signature artist in all of the famous art galleries in Tehran. After the Revolution, he escaped Iran due to political pressures and migrated with his family to Munich, Germany. The art scene in Munich was mostly limited to Classical painting and Ebrahim’s background enabled him to make a very strong statement, exhibiting at several venues while teaching courses and seminars. His heart was drawn to the red-hot center for arts in the north-western city of Cologne, where he eventually moved to in 1990. There he opened a successful art gallery right at the center for the arts scene, gaining regional recognition for his classical style as well as his excellent Portrait skills and modern expressionistic pieces.
In 1995 Ebrahim visited Orange County, California, where the Plein-Air art scene had left an impression of endless artistic potential. His yearning for a more modern art scene eventually encouraged him to change homes yet again, this time fueled only by desire for discovery. Equipped with a vast technical background and deep artistic sensibility, he has successfully merged several potent influences into his interpretation of Plein-Air, producing stunning masterworks of light and value. Therefore Ebrahim has been elevated to the level of Signature Member at the prestigious Oil Painters of America (OPA) and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).
Ebrahim enjoys ever-growing success in the California art scene, such as juried art festivals and Plein Air competitions like: Laguna Plein air Painting Invitational, Carmel, San Lois Obispo, Sonoma, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, and La Quinta, exhibitions at famous galleries (Carmel, Napa, Pasadena, Tucson, and Laguna Niguel), Plein Air and studio workshops, live painting demonstrations, and recognition in art publications. Over the past few years he has won many awards in art competitions and exhibitions. In June 2002, Southwest Art Magazine featured Ebrahim as an “Artist to Watch”.
“Over 40 years of experience and a constant struggle to find real artistic excellence have helped me break many technical boundaries. My portfolio features realistic still life, impressionistic landscapes, and dream-like modern paintings. Each piece impatiently waits to tell a different story. In my newest projects I want to let my viewers experience a unique and innovative painting style. In fact, I’m working on a seamless blend of the fading traditions of the ancient masters with progressive modern Plein Air practices. It’s beginning to produce very exciting results.” “How to create a good work of art? Gratefully borrow an idea from nature, patiently nurture it with skill and experience, and finally touch it with my soul… a way other than this, I do not know.”