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Published on Mar 13, 2013
Rassouli (born November 18, 1943 in Isfahan, Iran) is an Iranian-Born, American abstract surrealist painter. He was raised in a home decorated with murals and intricate floral designs. Inspired and encouraged by an uncle who was a Sufi mystic, he began painting and learning the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi from early age. He studied with Persian miniature painters as well as learning European classical and Impressionist paintings. At fifteen, he won the title of "best student artist in Iran" and was awarded a government grant to study painting in Europe. He migrated to the United States in 1963, where he studied painting and architecture at the University of New Mexico, and was honored with the Leadership Award from the Institute of International Education. Rassouli started his professional career as an architect, but later on became a full-time artist. He has since created hundreds of artworks that have received global recognition for his Fusionart style. Rassouli's worldwide exhibits include numerous solo and collective shows as well as international art expositions. His art has been featured in many books and other publications, includingInspirations of the Heart by Michael Beckwith, in which Rassouli's paintings accompany Beckwith's text. Rassouli's illustrations also appear in the books Jung: A Journey of Transformation Exploring His Life and Experiencing His Ideas and Language of Souls, along with numerous magazine and book covers