Ahhhh … finally the weekend! Two days off from the office grind, time to go out and shop and … oh, wait a minute … sigh. The weekend. But, I hope to start the weekend by bringing a bit of awe and a smile to your face today, for I have discovered a remarkable artist and I think you will be amazed!
Fateme Hamami Nasrabadi is a 31-year-old Iranian artist who has done some amazing paintings, including portraits of her favorite celebrities, including Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo …
My own preference are the ones with critters (surprised, aren’t you?) …
What you might not guess from looking at her art is that Fateme is paralyzed over 85% of her body, her limbs misshapen and largely of no use, and her art is done using only one foot!
Besides her favorite football icons, such as Lionel Messi and Iranian star Ali Daei, Fatemeh has painted many other national and world-famous celebrities, such as Iranian actors Mehran Modiri, Dariush Arjomand, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Parviz Parastui, iconic comedian Charlie Chaplin, and pop star Selena Gomez among others.
“I love face painting. When I want to draw a portrait, I start with a curve and round the human face for the begining to design. This is the law of face painting. The biggest challenge for me is that I have 85% disability and that makes it very difficult for me to paint. I only work with one of my legs. I have been interested in painting and drawing since I was a child and I tried very hard to get here! I am happy and thankful that my efforts were worth it and now I am happy that I did not disappoint. I want to become so famous that everyone who comes to Iran comes to me and see my work.”
It comes as no surprise that Fateme has held many exhibitions of her works in and around Tehran. Her ultimate dream is to own an art gallery of her own and become world famous. My guess is she’s well on her way, with nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram and her painting of Ronaldo having received widespread media attention.
Folks … I tell you, I’ve got two perfectly (well, relatively) good hands, functional eyes, can walk wherever I need to on my two relatively good legs, and I could not come close to drawing as Ms. Nasrabadi does. This afternoon, I left off a few of the house chores I normally do on Friday because I was tired and in a bit of pain. Damn, do I feel like a wuss now! Next time any of us think about saying we “can’t” do something for whatever reason, perhaps we should remember Fateme Hamami Nasrabadi and the odds she has overcome to create such beautiful art.
Now go find something fun to do and have a happy weekend, my friends!