The United States has always been a land that offers many opportunities for those who seek it. People with diverse backgrounds come to the US to find success in various fields, particularly in the arts. Nowadays, Persian-American artists are on the rise and producing prolific pieces rich in Iranian culture.

Read on to learn about some of the Iranian American artists who are making their marks in the world of art.

Behnaz Sarafpour

She’s a New York City-based designer who worked with fashion powerhouses such as Ann Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, and Richard Tyler. In 2001, she introduced a line of women’s apparel branded with her name. Sarafpour was a graduate of Parsons School of Design where she was honored with the prestigious Golden Thimble Award.

In July 2013, she received the Smithsonian’s National Design Award in the fashion design category at the White House.

Elton Ahi

He’s a music producer who’s credited with production, editing, composition, and sound engineering for over 100 Hollywood major films. This includes xXx, 27 Dresses, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and The Last Mohican.

Ahi currently owns Rusk Studios in Los Angeles. His studio has been the recording house for numerous A-list musicians such as Donna Summer, Billy Idol, Laura Branigan, and Elton John.

Cyrus Nowrasteh

A graduate of the University of Southern California, he’s a screenwriter and director of theatrical films, made-for-TV movies, and television shows. Norwasteh is best known for his involvement in the docudrama The Path to 9/11. After that, he went on to co-write and direct a film called The Stoning of Soraya M, which was released in 2009 by Lionsgate Films.

Hebegan his career writing for a CBS series called The Equalizer. He also worked on independent movies such as The Interview, and Norma Jean, Jack and Me. More recently, Nowrasteh wrote the “Manifest Destiny” episode of the Emmy-nominated miniseries by Steven Spielberg,Into the West.

Morehshin Allahyari

She’s a media artist, activist, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Allahyari took an interest in the arts at the young age of 12 and joined private writing courses. There, she learned the importance of telling personal stories.

Her work is all about questioning current socio-cultural, political, and gender norms. She particularly focuses on exploring the relationship between technology and art activism. Allahyari is best known for Material Speculation, a series of 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS.

PersianAmerican art is becoming more prominent as the years go by. This introduces a rich culture into the industry and encourages others with different backgrounds to pursue their passion in this field. Recognizing these artists can help strengthen the relationship between Iran and the US and bring diversity to the craft of fashion, music, and film.

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