About the Artist
Shabnam Miller, born 1978 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
She was born to an Iranian mother and German father.
Shabnam Miller's works are the product of deep experiences, stemming from spiritual processes that began in early childhood.
Inspired by her German/Iranian roots, she places the woman as a divine, creative being in the center of her universe. In the midst of a garden of flowers and animals, representing messengers of beauty and freedom.
She began in her early childhood, using every opportunity to express her universe artistically
and the desire to further develop these ambitions manifested itself vehemently.
With the help of her Iranian mother, who recognized her talent early on, she began to work with oil colours at the age of 14.
Her first name, Shabnam, means morning dew in Farsi, the Persian language. Thus, the fascination of water led Shabnam Miller to use the colour blue frequently in her early works.
After marriage and birth of her son, she moved to Austin, Texas in 2003. There, she studied the public art scene and her art developed further. She integrated powerful colours into her paintings, inspired by the Mexican subculture of Austin, Texas.
She had several opportunities to successfully present her expressive surreal paintings.
Despite the love that she had developed for Austin for the 9 years spent there, she increasingly missed the European way of life. It was important to her, to show this to her son as well. With a heavy heart, she decided to move back to Germany with her son in 2011.
After her return to Germany, she continued with her passion for painting and exhibitions followed. She now lives in Wiesbaden, the state capital of Hessen. Finding herself being homesick again, now for Austin, Texas.
Realizing once a heart is stretched across oceans, living in different countries, experiencing different cultures and loving deeply, it can never be reduced back to its original size. Thus one will forever miss one or the other.
As the daughter of a migrant, this question of identity has occupied Shabnam Miller’s life for as long as she can remember. A question and realization that is reflected in today's Europe.
How she operates
Shabnam Miller never attended an art school, but instead auto-didactically developed her own distinctive style over the years. She exclusively paints with oils. Her works imagery convey spiritual engagement with the global issues of our lives, which can be partly enigmatic, mystical or visionary, and serve to inspire the viewer as a mirror to reality.
In addition to the preferred theme > Woman < she incorporates flowers, birds and fruits amongst other things as messengers of creation, expressing and reflecting both the external and internal values of our world.
The artist processes and is influenced by her experience and exposure to three diametrically opposed (German, Iranian and Texan) cultures.