Pakdel grew up in Abadan, Iran during the 60s. Abadan, one of the most
liberal cities in Iran, offered a modern western lifestyle in a land of
history and tradition.
This exposure to both east and west provided her with great appreciation
and enjoyment for art, culture, history, and poetry of Iran, as well as
the art and culture of the West.
In the past 30 years, while developing her professional career in
marketing and advertising for large companies, Shiva has also pursued
her true passion for art.
Her life-long desire to create and communicate via art has resulted in
several art shows, and art organizations focused on the Iranian-American
artists as well as the art of Iran.
Her current project is a large scale project that tells the story of
late 19th and early 20th century Iran through postage stamps.
Modern Presentation of Persian Art
As a lover of Persian Art and a collector of antique Iranian stamps from
1880's on, I experiment with techniques that help to modernize images,
stamps, contracts and other documents created in Iran during 16 th to
early 20 th centuries.
I use acrylic paint, charcoal, pencil, printing and collage on wood
panels to construct new images that promote public awareness and
appreciation of the beautiful art of 17 -19th century.