Arash Shirinbab: Arash has devised over two dozen calligraphy workshops and demonstrations and has participated in over 70 exhibitions (over 10 solos) in galleries and museums in the US, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Canada, Russia, and Iran. He studied Industrial and product design at University of Tehran from 2001 to 2006 and earned BA and MA in the field of design. After moving to the US, he received an MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts in 2012. He is the co-founder and executive director at Ziya, an art center in Berkeley that produces calligraphy artworks, conducts workshops, and manages art and culture events with a focus on traditions from Middle East to India. Arash is a successful blend of practicing artist, business administrator and community leader, and in the past few years, has become a visible and active agent for calligraphic art in the Bay Area. He is a former Council Member of Friends of Calligraphy in San Francisco and is the Chief Curator of the Calligraphies in Conversation International Exhibition.


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