We had the good fortune of connecting with Behnaz Ahmadian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Behnaz, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Joining a community and surrounding myself with other passionate artists has been one of many important factors behind my success, which has benefited me and expanded my creative network. Making art can be lonely and as many artists describe themselves as introverts, we may have a hard time meeting other people. Therefore, getting involved in a community of artist has helped me make new friends while getting inspirations and encouragement from them. Talking with other creatives has helped me learn new techniques, collaborate for new venues and learn business skills.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It’s very crucial for me to be able to self-express myself and be able to escape from every day. With art I get to go to my own little world, that is beautiful, fun and all the colors are bold and brighter than reality. Art is how I fit into my surroundings. Art is how I meets new people, new friends, new opportunities that allows me to grow and challenges me to learn new things. I never say no to new opportunities that come my way. If I end failing them, I look forward and try new things. Hence, I always have a burden to create, not to remain stark and simple and show the world just who I am. It’s important for me in this fast pace world to stop and look at my surroundings, take notice and appreciate all the details in life and objects. For my art, I want the viewer to get up close and stare at all the patterns and shapes and to feel a sense of satisfaction and energy. I hope with my art to fill walls with vibrant colors giving spaces excitement and happiness.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I will take my friend to The Original Pancake House, have a delicious brunch, sit for hours and try to catch up. I would then take her to The Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum and show her some beautiful art. We would probably walk around downtown, visiting Larimer Square, Pearl Street and Union Station. The next few days I would take her hiking and show her all the natural beauty Colorado has to provide, while packing sandwiches and snacks to have a picnics along the way. Since I love food, I would take her to Slow Food Nation, a marketplace with 100 exhibitors and producers, an outdoor culinary stage, family-oriented gardening and cooking activities, author talks, and more. We will also go to Rino Art District, tour the crush walls and everything Rino has to provide.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Candace French (www.candacefrench.com) Christa MacFarlane (www.christamacfarlane.com) Dianna Fritzler (www.dfritzlerart.com) Ketty Vani (www.ketivani.com) Marie Vaughn (www.marievaughngallery.com)