Jinous Kani

Jinous Kani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran in 1979. Being from a cultured family, her parents always valued and included art in their lifestyles, but Kani's serious interest in art started in middle school when she first began sketching. Her parents, recognizing her potential, encouraged her to continue her education in a High School for Performing and Visual Arts where she excelled.

Throughout her teens, Kani continued to evolve as a sketch artist and developed an interest in abstract and imaginative drawings. She also spent time sculpting pottery and similar arts to train her imagination and was later inspired to try painting after a trip to the United States. The exposure to a different culture sparked different ways of thinking and a desire to try a new medium of artistic expression.

Kani studied Graphic Design at Azad University, Tehran and was able to gain experience by working for one of the leading design agencies in Iran before finally moving to the States. Once settled in the U.S., her painting became her focus and she attended Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned an M.F.A. in Illustration and an M.A. in Illustration Design.

Kani sees no distinction between graphic design, painting or art in any form. The play between negative and positive spaces create tension and is an integral part in much of her figurative work. This new style has garnered much attention in her unique way of drawing human figures. In an effort to stay green, Kani is also known for incorporating recycled materials in her mixed media pieces. She has been primarily influenced by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, favorite artists throughout her life.



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