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Soheil Tavakoli is an architect and artist originally from Tehran, Iran. After his final art exhibit there in 2004, Soheil relocated to the United States where he continued to design and create beautiful artworks. In June of 2009, after a highly disputed presidential election in Iran, Soheil joined several peaceful demonstrations, in various U.S. cities, in support of the movement which demanded freedom and democracy in Iran. At these demonstrations, Soheil created several impromptu street paintings and murals that highlighted specific significant events and conflicts which took place after the Iranian election. He also created numerous digital paintings and videos (Green Movement Digital Paintings*) which have been in circulation on the Internet.

2009 proved to be a special year for Soheil. Aside from his participation in political demonstrations and after several years of working in architecture's corporate sector in both the U.S. and Iran, Soheil started the next phase of his artistic life. Soheil spent countless hours touring the streets of Manhattan. Inspired by an endless abundance of architectural marvels at every turn, he began to create live-drawing and painting on clothing. He has continued this means of expressing his art for more than 3 years until 2012.**

From December 01, 2011 through March 11, 2012, Soheil made an extraordinary journey to both Morocco and Malaysia. He visited 22 cities along his travels.  During these 101 days he lived with local families to gain a better understanding of the cultural intricacies that these societies had to offer.  He created 33 short films, captured numerous photos, and created several paintings on clothing in some of the cities he visited. He dubbed this amazing journey "On The Red Line".*** 


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* This collection of digital paintings by Soheil Tavakoli displays landmark events for Iran’s Green Movement. He is the first artist to produce this type of historical record through digital art using music as ‘narrator’. In return for telling these truths about his home nation, Soheil has had to forfeit the right to travel to his place of birth. He believes that he has exchanged his own freedom and security for the freedom of his people. 

** "Bring his subject to life in an individual and original manner. Using "the energy of moments", as he likes to call his moments of inspiration before creation, Soheil employs all of his senses to create each piece. "Before I begin to create, I reach deep within for an understanding of my subject. I employ all of my available senses to gather and absorb as much detail as possible. This allows me to move from reality and enter the conversion process through the brush or the pencil."

*** Red Line is a symbolic line between safe and dangerous areas. Soheil believes that.."Everyone needs a consecutive 100 days of his/her lifetime to travel and live on the red line. This type of experience shapes a stronger person for the rest of his/her life."