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Ehsan Khanaman (born in 1981) is a Swedish painter and installation artist known for his heavy acrylic textures and abstract styles inspired by hopes of peace and unity.
Ehsan Khanaman was born in 1981 in Linköping, Sweden. His father was a mechanical engineer and his mother was a child psychologist. In his early years, Khanaman spent his time acclimating to both the Persian and Scandinavian culture.
At the age of 10, Khanaman's family moved from Sweden to Iran Experiencing the direct effects of the Iran-Iraq War that tore through Iran inspired young Khanaman to find creative ways to channel his thoughts and feelings. In the fifth grade, Khanaman began to express interest in art and was revered for his talents by those in his community. In 1993, Khanaman and his family moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, which would provide opportunities for Khanaman to compete in art competitions. At age 15, he submitted his artwork to the annual Persian Art Festival in Gutenberg, Sweden, and placed second.
During Khana Men's final year in high school, in 1998, he and his family decided to move from Gothenburg, Sweden and settled in Irvine, California, U.S. where Khanaman continued to explore his passion for art. While completing his senior year in high school, Khanaman's artwork attracted attention and was awarded by South Orange County High Schools Administration, in addition to placing third in the Laguna College of Art and Design competition Pageant of the Masters in the summer of 1999.
In 2000, Khanaman attended college at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo where he studied General Education. On April 1, 2003, Khanaman decided to pursue his art career full-time to develop his collection Vision of Unity and Peace.
Khanaman participated in and has hosted exhibits and events at galleries and museums in communities throughout California.
After the devastation of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on Manhattan, New York, Khanaman began creating art that centers on themes of unity, unconditional love, compassion, service, and acceptance for one another. After a lifetime of witnessing violence and fighting, in 2003, Khanaman embarked on painting his largest work of art entitled Visions of Unity and Peace as a response to his frustration of the 9/11 attack and for the goal of creating art to "advance charity, unity and peace".
In 2013, while the assemblage of the Visions of Unity and Peace are underway, Khanaman created an accompanying collection entitled Point of View and in 2015, he created his Art for Charity collection.
Vision of Unity and Peace
As a response to the 9/11 terrorist attack in Manhattan, New York, Khanaman created the collection Visions of Unity and Peace in 2003. The Vision of Unity and peace installation comprises 2,000 double-sided paintings spanning a 1/2-acre to create a double-sided collage. Each painting is made up of abstract faces, 272 country flags, three hearts, Eye, an olive branch, and paintings "expressed as images of unconditional love". Once all of the paintings are combined, an image of a white dove appears with an olive branch in its mouth and a peace sign behind it. Located on the other side of the collage is a series of overlapping images including the sun, earth, a heart, and an infinity sign.
Point of View
The Point Of View collection (created in 2013) is a complimentary collection for the Visions of Peace and Unity collection. Each of the paintings in this collection features abstract images that are heavily textured and vibrant. "Chess Nuts" acrylic on canvas included in Point of View collection
Painting for Charity
Khanaman's mission is to inspire global peace through art and created a collection of art specifically for charities and nonprofits to help drive that goal. The Painting for Charity collection (created in 2015) spotlights themes including homelessness, feeding the hungry, adoption, and education. Proceeds from each of the original artworks in this collection go to selected charities and nonprofits. The first painting of the series Painting for Charity created by Swedish artist Ehsan Khanaman. The fourth painting of the series Painting for Charity created by Swedish artist Ehsan Khanaman.
In 2013, Khanaman established his gallery Visions by Ehsan located in Laguna Niguel, California that currently houses pieces from his Point of View, Art for Charity, and Visions of Peace and Unity collections.
- Persian Art Festival 2nd place winner - Gothenburg, Sweden - 1996
- Pageant of Masters - 3rd place winner - Laguna Beach, California
- Manifestation 1 - Irvine, California
- Tennis court - Irvine, California - Summer 2004
- Art People Gallery, San Francisco
- Artist Guild Fine art Gallery - San Diego
- Hollywood Peace Parade - Hollywood
- South Coast Village Show - Costa Mesa, California
- Bowers Museum- Charity Fundraising - August 2011
- Irvine Global Festival - Irvine, California
- ArtistEye Gallery Laguna Beach, California
- Orange county fine art storage - Anaheim, California
- Art Seller - Charity Fundraising - Laguna Beach, California
- Beverly Hills Art show - Beverly Hills, California
- Hugo Rivera Gallery - Laguna Beach, California
- Visions by Ehsan Galley - Laguna Niguel, California
- InnerSpace Gallery - Downtown Los Angeles
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