Javad Solimanpour was born in 1965, Tebriz ( Iran ) . His first exhibition was in 1978 at a time when he was working on reproductions of the famous paintings in Saadabat Palace Museum. Since 1998 the Seven Art Gallery organizes his personal exhibitions in İstanbul, where Soleimanpour continues both painting and teaching at the same time.
Burst upon the pastel scene in April 2009 when he won first place in the Landscape and Interior category in that year’s Pastel 100. He himself had no idea he had been entered for the competition by one of his students. The winning painting was a stormy seascape with the Haydarpasa lighthouse – Soleimanpour has lived for the last five years on the shores of the Sea of Marmara that connects both to the Black Sea and the Aegean .
Soleimanpour is self-taught, painting since the age of 12 and painting professionally for quarter of a century. He likes to work plein air, but will often finish a work in the studio. Soleimanpour has this to say about his life as an artist:
“Since my childhood I only wanted to paint, and nothing else. I have painted the people and things I liked. The people always had things to tell but they never knew that I just liked to watch them talking instead of listening, which maybe I must apologize for. The faces with all of their ripples, texture and the shadows… time stands still when I paint. And what lies behind the engaging of my art with the viewer is something that comes from deep inside, in my heart. That never ending intensive feeling and to deal with any issues on painting have become mundane for me, such as breathing.”
Now he lives in Istanbul, Turkey.