|Born||January 22, 1984|
|Years active||2004 - present|
|Organization||Modern Wall Art|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
Syed Rahman (born 22 January 1984), popularly known as Saif, is an American entrepreneur and artist. Saif is the founder of Modern Wall Art, a handicrafts company based in North America.wa Saif has over 15 years of experience in designing Islamic 3D décor and stainless steel art.
Saif’s company is recognized as America's first Islamic Art Gallery, and his work is currently being displayed at the Chicago History Museum. Modern Wall Art is best known for its handmade and customizable products.
Saif believes in giving back to the community and has donated over 100k in the past year to several communities globally. He has been widely covered in the high-tier media for his innovative products, including Yahoo Finance, Accesswire, Business Insider, The Chicago Journal, and others.
Early life and education
Saif was born on 22 January 1984 in Hyderabad, India. He grew up with two siblings, a brother and a sister. Saif moved to Chicago with his family in 2001, when he was in high school.
Saif has a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and Nuclear Medicine technology.
Saif started designing handmade pieces in 2004 and sold a couple of them on eBay. But it was not till 2014 that he established his company, Modern Wall Art. Saif started this company with his father in the basement, which has now become one of the leading handicraft stores that ships worldwide.
Modern Wall Art creates custom decor designs from scratch for their clients, such as table pieces, wall pieces, perfumes, lighting, car hangs, canvas paintings, books, jewelry, and clothing. Saif’s company became America’s first Arabic Art Gallery offering handmade and customizable 3D decor, stainless steel art, and furniture.
In 2016, Saif opened a small studio space in Skokie, Illinois, and within two years (in 2018), he opened his first gallery in Skokie. In 2020, he opened a Bridgeview location. Under the leadership of Saif, Modern Wall Art has expanded its offerings significantly including, wall-mounted art, sculptures, clocks, mirrors, doorknobs, bookshelves, business card holders, floor lamps, and coffee tables, among other things.
Saif recently opened his gallery to other artists and giving them an opportunity to sell their work on Modern Wall Art’s website. He is also involved with several non-profit organizations and has given donations to several communities globally.
Saif is married and has a daughter. He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu.
In the media
- "Syed Rahman of Modern Wall Arts - Interview - Let's Talk About Beards". elegancebeard.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- "The Modern Man behind the Wall Art". ca.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- Stories, Local. "Meet Syed Rahman of Modern Wall Art in Skokie - Voyage Chicago | Chicago City Guide". voyagechicago.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- Ruiz, Daniel (20 October 2020). "Top 20 Instagram Accounts to Follow in 2020". The Chicago Journal. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- GmbH, finanzen net. "The Modern Man behind the Wall Art". markets.businessinsider.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- "Indian Americans step forward to help in COVID-19 crisis". The American Bazaar. 17 March 2020.
- Kanmadikar, Pallavi (3 June 2020). "Syed Rahman Of Modern Wall Art Supports #BlackLivesMatter With Unity T-shirts". DissDash. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- DissDash, Team (2 January 2019). "Top 50 Coolest South Asians Of 2018". DissDash. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- Hudson, Ingrid (13 July 2020). "Modern Wall Art gallery not something done before as America's first Islamic Art Gallery". Verna Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- "Modern Wall Art Opens 2nd Islamic Art Gallery in Illinois - Press Release - Digital Journal". www.digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
- "Modern Wall Art gallery carves out unique niche in Skokie". Chronicle Media. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2020.