Roya Azim


Roya Azim was born in 1964 in the rural city of Tehran, Iran. The daughter of a well-off military general, Roya and her family had the opportunity to move to Atlanta's Dobbins Air Force base in 1979. In the American system, Roya 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 Roya's life when she began working as an apprentice and assistant for Babak 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 her title was changed to Artistic Assistant. After five years of working with Emanuel, Roya decided to focus exclusively on developing her own style.

As a beginning, Roya 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 Roya, 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 Roya's own approach to her work. Like the sport of golf, Roya's 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 Roya's series have been only recently exhibited, several private and public institutions have already enthusiastically collected her works across the country.


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