We had the good fortune of connecting with Nojan Rahimian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nojan, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
If you enjoy it and it is not harming anyone else then keep going.
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.
I started painting when I was 6 years old. For me art initially was an outlet to express what I could not talk about and describe. This was the beginning of a self-realization journey. The more I observed my life and the world around me, the more I noticed the conflict of emotions, the pain, and the pleasure of modern humans.
So, I got more and more inspired to portray what humans can feel but not able to describe. A product of this process was the mental health series, for which I have received an incredible amount of positive feedback. I connect with my audience through the stories that I tell in my art and let the audience complete them. I think this distinguishes my work.
What I have learned along the way is to be very honest and genuine with my feelings and my art as they are the same entity. This is not an easy process. It requires vulnerability and courage.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think I would take them to Hollywood Bowl. It is an iconic place where culture, art, and architecture meet nature in Los Angeles. The music scene in Los Angeles is incredible. From classical music to electronic music, there are always great events to go to.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to thank my parents for their loving support since my journey of art has started.
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