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Roya Azim

Roya Azim was born in September 1964 in the rural city of Tehran, Iran. The daughter of a well- off military general, Azim and her family had the opportunity to move to Atlanta’s Dobbins Air Force base in 1979. In the American system, Azim was raised with a broad liberal arts education. At the college level, she complemented the humanistic study of art history and literature with the practical skills of business administration. She excelled in both areas.

Although discouraged by family and friends, art became a central focus in Azim’s life when she began working as an apprentice and assistant to Emanuel, a renowned artist sharing her Persian heritage. At first she learned only fundamental artistic techniques with Emanuel, and much of her time was spent in an administrative role. However, her natural and unique talent became quickly self-evident, and she became Emanuel’s artistic assistant. After five years of working with Emanuel, Azim decided to focus exclusively on developing her own style.

As a beginning, Azim has chosen to explore the theme of golf in several of the series she has produced thus far. The sport represents much of the American customs that simultaneously fascinate her – such as masculinity, wealth, nature, recreation, and competition. The sport also provides a source of identification for Azim, as it displays the same nuances as many of her own cultural traditions. Moreover, the meticulous skill and diligence found in this leisure activity are mirrored in Azim’s own approach to her work. Like the sport of golf, her images indicate that a precision of detail and an attention to form are as important as the easy grace and melodious balance of the overall composition.

Although Azim’s series have been only recently exhibited, her works have already been enthusiastically collected by several private and public institutions across the country.


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