An accomplished artist with over fifty years of experience, Bijan Dowlatshahi was born in Tehran, Iran. As a teen, he sketched, painted and sculpted, under training of Iranian contemporary masters. At age 22, he received a full scholarship to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
“My […] ideas come to my mind mostly from the imbedded memories of my childhood, sights and sounds of my heritage, Persian rugs, music, architecture and mysticism. A strong influence comes from my mother’s beautiful handcrafts and my father’s poetry, music and handwriting.” –Dowlatshahi