After 9 years working on Shahnameh, It’s time to move on!

Interview with Hamid Rahmanian

Hamid Rahmanian (born 1968) is a New York–based Iranian filmmaker and graphic artist. Since the late 1980s, he has combined his love of traditional Persian art forms with modern technology to create new works of art that visually bridge the gaps of East and West. As a storyteller, his works have focused on people and issues that are rarely covered in the mainstream media, offering audiences new perspectives and intimate glimpses into otherwise little known worlds.  He was educated in Tehran, Iran where he gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Tehran University. He has worked as a graphic designer since 1987. In 1992, he received the highest honor and was awarded recognition as the youngest professional designer in Iran.

When did you move to New York?

I arrived in New York just about one hour before 1994. When I got to JFK airport, it was around 10:30pm on December 31, 1993 and when I got to where I was heading, it was 1994.

What brought you here?

I studied graphic design in Tehran University, started my own office, and was working very well. One night I was reading an excerpt from a poems by Sa’adi Shirazi ….. 

Read the full interview in Persian Life magazine.