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Ali Rouhfar

Borne in 1949 in Tehran, Iran

The 3rd award winning in calligraphy at age 16, in a contest for students in grater Tehran, encouraged him to improve his skills and learn more about the spirit of calligraphy as his grandfather, Seyed Abolghasem Givehchi(Parnianpour), his first master, wanted him to learn both. His backgrounds and skills in calligraphy drew his interest to learn more about history of calligraphy after graduation from university in Tehran while he was learning Nastaliq from other masters.

In 1990, an unexpected serious family medical problem forced him to move to the United State. In the first few years of staying in the States, he got known and his art works welcomed by the community. He got many invitations from different organizations to set shows, presenting lectures, and demonstrations.

Ali got an offer to teach at the University of Washington and He started teaching Manuscript Reading course in 2000. This course teaching opened another chapter in his life to expand his activities in teaching as representative of Iran Calligraphers Association. Also he started 2 researches: 1) about methods of teaching, 2) the spiritual language of Nastaliq calligraphy and its effectiveness on meditation and daily life as he mentioned in his interviews with Bellevue College (watch on U-Tube) for broadcasting.

Some of his activities regarding calligraphy especially Nastaliq From 1993 to 2017:

Exhibitions and demonstration/workshop: Seattle Folk Life Festival, Kirkland Art Festival, Redmond Library, Sufism and Islamic Symposiums in California and Washington, Children Museum in Seattle Keywan Gallery in Bottle, Windermere Gallery, South Seattle College Gallery, Bellevue College Gallery, Bellevue Art Museum, Iranian annual festivals, MAPS in Redmond.

Lectures: International School and other departments at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Everett College, Olympia College, Portland Art Museum, South Seattle College.

Teaching Research and Publications: Ali started teaching Manuscript Reading course at the Middle Eastern Language and Civilization Department of the University of Washington in 2000. He expanded his teaching to students at different organizations and private classes such as Islamic Educational Center of Seattle, 

Along with his calligraphy teaching and in relation to the academic perspective, he has been researching 2 major subjects: 1) a new methods of teaching Nastaliq, 2) the spiritual language of Nastaliq calligraphy and its effectiveness on meditation and daily life as he mentioned in his interview with Bellevue College for broadcasting (available on U-Tube).

Finally for the first time in the history of this calligraphy (14 centuries) he created a method that everyone can learn without a teacher. This method allows students to learn like live classes and seating next to a master to learn. He worked on this method for 4 years, sorted out and published these series in 2014 under title “NUQTEH” 

Ali has been continuing his 2nd research and hopes to publish it soon.