Here is MahMag's interview with painter and poet Ali Golkar.
MahMag:What is the memory you most identify with from childhood?
Ali Golkar-Drawing on the wall of our living room to the dismay of my mother. Finally, she asked me to paint a beautiful tree in full bloom next to a running creek on a designated wall. This was next to her tea set so she could look at my painting and enjoy her tea.
MahMag:What do you know now as an adult that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Ali Golkar: The value of time, which I wasted so much of as a child. But I guess that curiosity brought me to where I am today.
MahMag: What do you most resemble in the natural world? (I.e. animal, plant, weather)
Ali Golkar: I resemble a bird which does not recognize any borders, does not belong to any cage, and migrates with the different seasons of life.
MahMag: Who is your favorite persian author or poet?
Ali Golkar: Saadi is my favorite poet.
MahMag: If you weren't a painter what other profession would you have chosen?
Ali Golkar: A writer.
MahMag: Federico Garcia Lorca described good art, as art with duende, what in your opinion is good art?
Ali Golkar: Good art is when it comes from your heart and soul.
MahMag: How do you explain love?
Ali Golkar: The letter "l" stands for loyalty, "o" for openness, "v" for vision, and "e" is for endless. All of these mixed with passion.
MahMag: If you could repeat life by choice would you? If yes, how would you change? (I.e. gender, race, location, regrets)
Ali Golkar: Yes I would. But I wouldn't change a thing.
MahMag: Who is your favorite female artist? And why?
Ali Golkar: Frida Kahlo. I like her because she could express human pain the best way I have seen.
MahMag: What kind of art inspires your art?
Ali Golkar: Primitive art such as African art, which is the origin of all arts of the world.
Ali Golkar is an Iranian born painter who now resides in Los Angeles, California. For more information on the artist and at which galleries you can view his art check out his website here.