Artist name: Manaz Raiszadeh
Artist location: San Diego, CA
Tell us about your style:
I am an intuitional abstract painter. I am inspired by the places I have been and the stories I have been told. I have embraced my multicultural background and how I see the world highly influences my art. When I am painting, I permit myself to be 100% free. If I think a pink triangle is a cloud- it’s a cloud. There is no limitation when I walk into my studio. I write on my paintings, I share emotions with colors, I express my stories with gestural shapes... All of it channels my stories and connects me with others. I go through phases when I am obsessed with a shape, a color, a texture, or even a story. I let flow until it’s all out in the universe. Art is my freedom haven.
How do you experience art?
I see art everywhere. I imagine stories just by seeing a special shaped rock next to a flower and an ant. I think there is beauty everywhere and it should be intimately felt. My imagination was wild as a child. Unfortunately, it was quickly hazed by what we call “reality.” Art has given me the key back to my wild imagination. My art has given me the power to always be creating tangible or intangible beauty. I love being lost in the studio with paint and brushes, and I love connecting with fellow artists and collectors. I find myself and my community through my art. It’s incredible how much my world has expanded since I have devoted myself back to art.
“Jungle d’Amour” 24x30, Mixed-media on canvas
What is your creative process?
My number one rule is that if I am not happy in the studio, I need to go out for a walk or workout to bring myself back to a happy place. I have chosen to be an artist and it should never be a burden. I don’t agree with the picture of the tormented artist. Life is not bright and jolly all the time but I have decided to put a positive spin on it in my studio. I’ll paint bright, bold pinks if I am sad... I never have the time to think when I am in the action of painting. I am transported by my brushes and paints. I just float around multiple pieces until I am done for the day. Time always escapes me when I am in the studio.
What motivates you?
Art, outside of love, is the only practice that gives me a euphoric rush. I paint to get in that state. With time, I have learned that art connects people on a deeper level. I have connected with so many amazing artists and art lovers. It has been an amazing journey and I just want more of it.
“Rendez-vous à Minuit” 48x48, Acrylic and mixed-media on canvas
What woman artist inspires you most?
I am drawn to Squeak Carnwath’s work. Her style is very unique. She combines text and images on abstract fields. I relate to how she expresses socio-political and spiritual concerns. I also like the fact that she’s a living-known woman artist. It seems to be very rare.
What piece of art in this world means the most to you?
Bamiyan Buddha of Afghanistan has had the most profound impact on me out of all the art I’ve seen in this world. It was sadly destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban. The site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It represented the incredible ability of human creativity and skills. The statue was located on the Silk Road and symbolized how grandiose humans are. It is still a beautiful site filled with history despite the destruction. I hope to visit one day.
Which artists are catching your attention this year?
Eser Gündüz - Turkish artist
Benka - German artist
Kinda Khalidy - American artist
Manaz Raiszadeh is a self-taught French-Afghan artist located in San Diego, California. She is an intuitional abstract painter who has been exploring and discovering our world and herself through her art. Her primary mediums are acrylic paint, oil pastels, and paper collage. Her paintings tell the stories that her words cannot express. She is fascinated by the places we have been and the stories we are told. Manaz's art brings her stories into life and eternalizes them. She believes that the universe gifted her a French edge, a Californian dream, and some hot boiling Afghan blood- and that is her duty to share it with the world.