We had the good fortune of connecting with Cima Rahmankhah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cima, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
My approach is very visceral. If it feels right, I just close my eyes and dart ahead. In any event, choosing the life of an artist is a risk in itself. There’s as much excitement as uncertainty. The good thing is, the more risks one takes, the bolder one gets.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At this moment, I mostly paint. My focal point is what is generally neglected or unseen. I like to play with the balance of power in the order of things. I reflect on enclosures rather than on what they enclose.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite part of the city is Hancock Park. I like Downtown, too, especially around my studio. I enjoy eating out, and before the pandemic coffee shops functioned almost as a second studio—I spent a lot of time there thinking and watching people. LA is great in this respect. I hope I can get back to that soon.
Restaurants with good bread are my favorites. It’s one of the reasons I keep returning to Republique.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Andreas Schmidhauser, for helping me decrypt my thoughts.