We had the good fortune of connecting with Tahmoores Alizadeh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tahmoores, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
Immigration was the hardest decision of my life. I was born and raised in Iran. As a Baha’i, I faced so many religious discriminations in my country which forced me to leave Iran. I had to leave my relatives, friends and years of memories. To be able to come to the USA, I had to leave in Turkey until my immigration process finished which took eight months. The USA was a different world. Everything here is different, especially culture. After five years of living here, I have gotten used to many things. Despite all the difficulties, I am satisfied and happy with my decision. It definitely had many positive effects on my life as well. I went to English classes and met new people from different cultures. It allowed me to focus more on creating artwork and had the opportunity to participate in a group art gallery.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I can say I am a self-taught artist. Although, I took classes in pottery, silk screen printing, and sculpture, but I believe they didn’t help with my artworks. Being a construction contractor helped me to learn different materials. I made my artworks with a vast variety of materials. Not having any limitation to use materials was the most important factor that enabled me to make more artworks. My artworks are the poems I am telling with the language of art. They are my perception of the world and whatever I learn from it every day. I am getting excited whenever I see happy people, because I am a piece of the whole. The energy I am getting from the people has a positive effect on my artworks.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Fortunately, Los Angeles has many places to visit. My best friend is going to have a great time in LA I believe. I would like to take my friend to the most popular places in LA. On the first day, after having breakfast at the Crave Cafe in Ventura, I will take him to the Getty Center museum. Having different sections of artworks with amazing artworks in each section makes a great place for him. Other than artworks, he can enjoy the beautiful Robert Irwin’s Central garden, and a great view of LA. For lunch I will take him to the Raffi’s Place to have a great beef kebab. After that, I will take him to the Americana at Brand for walking and probably shopping. For the second day, I will take him to the Hollywood Walk of Fame which has more than 2600 five-pointed brass stars embedded in the sidewalks. There are many savior stores, restaurants, entertainment places and shops there as well. He can enjoy watching the street performers as well. For lunch, I will take her to In-N-Out burger which is one of my California’s favorite fast foods. In the evening, I will take him to the Griffith Observatory to see its museum and the great view of LA at night. On the third day, I will take him to the Universal Studio (as he likes movies a lot) and we will spend most of our day there, and next day, we will go to the Grand ave to see The Broad museum, The MOCA museum, and Walt Disney concert hall. For lunch, we will go to the Panini Cafe for a great Mediterranean food, and at night, we are going to the Santa Monica pier for a nice walk next to the ocean. Fifth day is the beach day to enjoy the ocean, swimming and having BBQ. We will go to the Dockweiler Beach. On the sixth day, I am going to show him the Mulholland Drive’s scenery parts and PCH, and for lunch, we will go to a great location to eat Fish and Fries in the Malibu area. After lunch, I will drive north to show him the Solvang as it is a beautiful city with Danish-style architecture. The last day, we will go to Santa Monica 3rd street for any remaining shopping he might have. We will eat something there as it has many great food places, and we will finish our day at the Abbot Kinney Boulevard in the Venice beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank my family for their support and feedback. I wouldn’t be able to continue making artworks if I didn’t have their encouragement. Also, I would like to thank my relatives and friends for always giving me their valuable feedback. Finally, I would like to thank Voyage LA for giving me the opportunity to show my artworks to the broader audience.