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Meet Reza Safa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reza Safa.

Reza, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I left Iran right after high school and attended college in Houston, Texas. I grew up in an artsy family. My father was a poet and an author. I began painting and Persian calligraphy at the age of nine. I studied Persian calligraphy under a master calligrapher.

Learning the harmony of lines in the art of calligraphy gave me the ground for my unique style of impressionism – a combination of lines, brush strokes, and the use of bold colors, as well as harmony between oil and acrylic paint in a single painting.

Contrary to the old master impressionists who used overall visual effects instead of details, and short “broken” brush strokes of pure unmixed color— I love to shade and blend some areas in oil, yet other areas of a painting in intense Acrylic colors to achieve the intense visual color vibration.

A painting must be alive, it must make you feel something. My challenge is to capture the emotion of each piece that has its own light. Life has a light, and that is what I strive to achieve in my paintings – to capture the light unique to each piece!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road I have been on has not been smooth by any means. Ever since I immigrated to America, as a young teenager, life has been a long line of challenges, lessons, faith, victories as well as disappointments.

To learn a new language and a new culture, away from my home environment and a family that loved me to death, were just some of the hurdles that I had to overcome! The family structure in Iran is based on the family unit – a tribal or collective mindset almost the opposite of life in America which is mostly structured on individualism.

So, the transition was extremely difficult for me.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I started art at an early age back in Iran. I began with Persian calligraphy which led me to paint, drawing, sculpting, glass fusing, and glass sculpture.

My focus at this time is more on my style of painting, which I would like to call “bright impressionism,” or even ” Acrylic impressionism.” In the time of Monet, Degas, or Van Gogh we did not have the bright neon colors that are available today. That by itself opens the way for a new creative way of painting of which I am trying to explore.

I have shied away from the usual common scenery themes in my paintings and mostly concentrate on personalities. I am drawn to sports and the goats of the world of sports. Some compare me to Leroy Nieman for that reason!

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I have also developed a new form of art which is painting with light and fused glass (pic included). It is possibly one of the most mesmerizing forms of public art. I am hoping to develop it further and make it more known.


  • My painting ranges anywhere from $3500 to $25,000

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  • Instagram: @safaspaintings
  • Facebook: @safaspaintings
  • Twitter: @rezafsafa

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