Biography Farid Shirshekan
Farid Shirshekan was born in Abadan, Iran on September 11th, 1960. His talent would soon be discovered, as his father sent him to a private school where two great artists, Nima and Abdolee, tought painting and drawing techniques. At the age of thirteen, Farid is guided by them for four years and he learns about surrealism and impressionism.

Farid left his homecountry to study economic management. At that time, painting was not number one, but it remained a hobby of his. “Talent is given to you by no one and it can’t be taken away by anyone, therefore it’s important to keep working with it,” says Farid. Artist’s blood is ever so thick though and resulted in Farid turning his hobby into work.

Farid, who was inspired by the force of nature, chose for a realistic style. The colors and light in his paintings represent the influence of his native culture. To Farid, the flower symbolises life itself. He's made over 400 paintings (acrylic), in which we find various types of flowers. Later on he continued to make spiritual-philosophical images, in which he realistically conveys his connection between the sixth sense and nature.

After September 11th, 2001 he developed a new style. Inspired by his own personal growth, he wanted to touch the feelings of those who saw his work. Farid’s abstract style leaves the interpretation of the colors, shapes and movement to the viewer. He says: “People will only know themselves, when they know their feelings.”

Farid kept on developing himself, always looking for new ways to express his creativity. In 2005 he started working with plaster. He uses an 700 years old recipe for natural plaster, which is similar to light cement. With this plaster he moulds shapes on wood with his hands. He covers these shapes first with white paint, after which he applies the colors of the painting.

Farid’s work is part of the collection of several museums and institutions around the world, e.g. the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede, Netherlands; the Stedelijk Museum in Zwolle, Netherlands; the Museum of Modern Art in Abadan, Iran; the City Hall of New York City and the Pentagon in Washington DC, USA; the Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden and the Museum of Modern Art in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Here you can read what the art consultant Gerhard Fliehe Boeschoten writes about Farid.