Mehrdad Ghanimifard's Plexiglas art
By Farzad Fadai
April 14, 2003
Despite the many differences in opinion, generally,
art and Iranian artists don't receive the respect and recognition
that they deserve. Minimal recognition usually comes a few hundred
years after the artist's death by some western art historians.
Arguably, in Iranian culture, becoming an artist has been considered
a pastime rather than a serious life time career. You certainly
won't get praised as much as a dentist or an engineer, but rather
looked down upon and asked: "So what do you want to do for
Speaking of "living", there are still many Iranian artists
who are well established, known and praised by so many of us. They're
scattered all around the world and their works are the reflection
of feelings toward life and the challenges that are involved with
In this case, there is a particular Iranian artist whose talent
is far above ordinary and his work has been "a clear piece
of art" for many years now.
His ability to mould a piece of a Plexiglas into a work of art is
well known and praised among industrial designers in Los Angeles,
and he's known simply by the name of Mehrdad Ghanimifard.
Ghanimifard's industrial design work clearly blends a sound sense
of aesthetics and practicality. His Plexiglas creations are wide
ranging from custom-made tables and chairs to innovative visual
display systems. Besides being clear and shapeable, Plexiglas resists
sunlight and doesn't break readily like glass. His work demonstrates
a true command of this versatile material >>> See
All objects share the same qualities: modern lines, beauty and simplicity.
Certain pieces are reminiscent of the playfulness found in the sculptures
of Joan Miro and Picasso. Other pieces draw on organic shapes from
nature such as ice formations and waterfalls. But the overriding
fact is that Ghanimifard's creations are always a pleasure to look
at - such a pleasure in fact, that many of his clients like to display
his functional creations as stand alone works of art! (proplastic.com)
I've been fortunate enough to have a few opportunities to get to
know this talented artist and his work up close and personal. During
my conversations with him on numerous occasions, it has become obvious
that there is much more to Ghanimifard than his artistic talent.
His artistic talent is merely a reflection of his sensitive nature
as a man, a father and a son!
Ghanimifard was born in a family of seven on September 11, 1954,
in Tehran. Being the youngest child with four older siblings, he
grew up having tremendous opportunities to absorb many points of
view in his family all of which shaped his personality accordingly.
"I got my motivation from my father and my patience from my
mother. It's a deadly combination if you put it to work. It gets
the best out of you," he said, sipping on a hot cup of tea.
"Is it true that you are also a chef and have been asked to
cook for special occasions?" I asked.
"It's just a rumor," he answered, with a charming smile
on his face. "Cooking relaxes me," he added.
He directed my attention to a few pictures on the wall and he said,
"Those are my children, Cyrus, Joshua and Delaram. I'm very
proud of them. They're my life."
Looking at his collection of photographs, I noticed a picture of
his parents. Knowing that his father is a retired professor and
was an air force pilot in Iran, I asked him: "Has your father
been a positive influence on your art and life?"
Proudly, he explained: "My father's personal accomplishments,
his courage, his personality and who he is as a person are good
enough to give you all the motivation that you need in order to
shake things around. He makes you want to be a better person."
"Your mother?" I asked.
"She's all love and patience. Not an academic individual, but
naturally a smart woman," he replied.
At that moment I knew that I was standing in the presence of a decent
multi-faceted human being. Not only is he one of the most talented
craftsmen in his field, he's a preacher of love and laughter >>>
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