[gha] about Lida

  • From: María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: gha <gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:38:43 -0300

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Lida was born in Iran (the old Persia), and experienced a childhood of war
time under the newly formed regime of 1979 revolution. Her birth city,
Khorramshahr got wiped out completely in the bombardments as it was the
first city to be attacked by Iraq marking the start of the Iran-Iraq war of
the 1980's. In the meantime members of her relatives were executed by the
government due to their contest towards the new regime. At the age of 15
Lida discovered the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through Amnesty
International and this declaration for her seemed an opening door to a more
humane world where people can be respected regardless their nationality or
culture. At that time together with her family they had left Iran and
settled in Malta. Although Lida's passion for drawing started at the tender
age of 3, but she made her firm decision to somehow dedicate her talent
towards the promotion of peace and friendship among people at the age of 19
when she enrolled at an art school in Malta. Focused on human rights and
peace, Lida started her art path by creating paintings with messages. She
connected her works to grassroots and international organisations working
in the fields of peace and human rights. Her works have traveled to 17
countries so far and been published by major bodies such as Amnesty
International, UN, UNESCO and others. While based in Malta, in 2004, she
wrote "Humanitarian Art Manifesto", designed to create a synergy among
artists who share the same line of commitment in their art creations. Her
manifesto got translated into 7 languages and signed by artistsfrom 22

In 2006 she moved to Paris to face the challenges of the art world and
deepen her path as an artist. There her painting evolved in style and was
presented at several galleries, salons and auctions. Her design works were
presented at important international salons in Paris and got to the winning
table of France's Championships of the Art of Table Wear. In 2011 she
headed back to Malta, and changed her focus from human rights concepts onto
the internal states of the human spirit. This shift was the result of her
years of effort trying to promote human rights which tend to meet many
challenges on a cultural and political level. By this time she was enrolled
in a Masters by research in international relations and upon finishing her
masters, she joint an international think-tank NGO called Global Harmony
Association. This association provided her a new platform to discuss her
ideas both as an artist and as an academic researcher. In 2012 her
paintings took off with a new force, whereby she no longer conveyed
messages on human rights, but she tried to connect directly to the soul of
individuals...letting the paintings be like a mirror for the viewer to see
his/her own reflections inside.

The new ‘period’ of Lida’s visual style which uses movements and symbolism
of flowers, is yet another start for for her towards further research,
further growth, and further development. Enrolled in the journey of life,
she hopes to share her findings with others, as well as contribute with her
paintings towards the environment where she believes the paintings become
part of our physical, emotional and intellectual reality.

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