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Jacob Sherkat

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Born in May 1950 in Tabriz and raised on Manouchehri Street in District 2, Tehran, he grew up in the heart of the art scene. During that time, Manouchehri St. served as the hub for gallery owners and art transactions, particularly paintings.

Growing up in this vibrant neighborhood fueled his passion for art and painting from an early age. His artistic journey began at the age of 5, when he started coloring black and white photos, often leading to amusing yet unintended consequences, such as spoiling family pictures. This artistic inclination persisted throughout his school years. From the fifth grade onwards, he started drawing caricatures of family and friends, receiving constructive criticism that greatly influenced his growth as an illustrator.

Upon reaching adulthood and juggling life's responsibilities, painting took a back seat, becoming a dream for retirement. However, at 31, his love for art was reignited. Despite being unable to attend art academies due to life's demands, he pursued a self-teaching approach. He delved into art magazines, closely studied paintings whenever possible, and utilized his international travels through his successful travel and tourism organization, Sogol Tehran, to explore art globally.

His encounters with masterpieces such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa in France, Michelangelo's sculptures in Rome, and Rembrandt's paintings in Amsterdam further fueled his passion for art. He continued his research online, experimenting with watercolors and oils. While watercolors were easier and well-suited for Iranian miniature art, he found immense satisfaction in working with oils due to their vibrant colors and gloss.

His paintings not only garnered admiration from friends and family but also gained popularity among a wider audience. Over the past two decades, he has dedicated his time to oil paintings depicting the memorable ceremonies of Iranian tribes and clans. He believes that despite the abundance of literature about Iranian culture, illustrations are scarce. To bridge this gap, he meticulously crafted paintings from his memories and careful observations, aiming to preserve these traditions for future generations.

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