salma arastu

Salma Arastu
Painter, Sculptor and Poet
A native of India’s Rajasthan, has been creating and exhibiting her paintings internationally.
Her art works, whether paintings, sculptures or poetry speak of human universality. Her art form and techniques are greatly inter-woven with Arabic Calligraphy, Miniature Arts and Folk patterns, her major influences through her travels.
As a visual artist she has exhibited widely in more than 40 solo shows nationally and internationally, won several awards including East Bay Community’s fund for artists in 2012 and 2014, City of Berkeley’s Individual Artist grant award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Her three works are in public places and five books published with her poems and paintings.
About her present series We are All One-She says
“I paint to connect with the oneness. I listen into the unity for the design. When I paint there is an expression of both our primordial nature and the potential of our higher place in connection to God. Where you may see playfulness in my work, I experience myself reflecting on the joy of this connection. All life is one. My commitment is to both paint and celebrate all living beings that make up the totality of our unique and generous family. I feel a kinship with the animals, the fish, the trees, and their sentience and contribution to the ecological landscape that is our home. Where some see utilitarianism, I am drawn to emphasize the beauty. I feel the strength of the aliveness of the deep, and interdependent, relationships we share, and wish to protect what is being brought forward, by my brushstrokes. I wish to honor all beings. Our delicate, diverse and vibrant world awes me to feel how we are lucky, how we belong, and why we should care about our extended family. We are all one. And it all relies on love. The energy, consideration, and beauty of life is what I hope to bring through my work, to enable others to feel that aliveness and connection too. My highest dream is that the work that comes through me may help our human family to wake up to our very special place in this complex, and beautiful, web of life. For me, love is the only way to protect life’s generous tapestry”

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    • 2547 8th Street #34
    • Berkeley CA 94710
    • 510 868 4398

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