I was born in Tehran, Iran. I obtained my bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in Tehran before moving to the United States to pursue my master's and then PhD in Neuroscience. I have recently moved to Cambridge to continue my postdoctoral research at Harvard University.
Art has always been an integral part of my life. I have been playing a musical instrument called the Kanun for the past 29 years. My training in art started also many years ago in Tehran where I took courses in drawing and acrylic painting. More recently, I have studied creative painting at the Ottawa School of Art. Through the years, I have made paintings in acrylic, oil, watercolor and gouache.
I am passionate about observing life from scientific and artistic points of view. I find life compassionate and cruel, beautiful and frightful, filled with common motifs and fascinating exceptions. Exploring life from these two perspectives, I hope to come closer, ever so slightly, to understanding its ways and meaning.
An interview as a part of Cambridge Artist Association artist of the week series, as well as one with Boston Voyager can be found through the following links
Boston Voyager: http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/check-haleh-fotowats-artwork/