Born in Tehran, Iran, artist Farsad Labbauf moved to the United States with his family at the age of thirteen. Presently he lives and works in New York.
Labbauf’s paintings are influenced by traditional Persian arts such as calligraphy and tapestry, a link to his cultural heritage. They have a distinctive style, made up of segmented sections of color, that in some cases have a maplike quality.
From the artist’s statement:
To describe and depict something that was, is or will be carries the heavy and imposing predicament of time. And so in describing the world, I have found it necessary to create images that exist halfway between completion and dissolution.
Another main and motivating factor in creating and developing the use of lines in my paintings was the unveiling of a desire for manifestation of unity. Following an urge against segmentation of the painting surface into isolated geographies of color and content, I set out to create a method of pictorial depiction which conveys this idea of unity regardless of content.
You can see more of Farsad Labbauf’s work on his site and here.