Salma Arastu

Salma Arastu was born in Rajasthan, India. She has been painting for more than thirty years, since earning her degree in Fine Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India in 1974. Her work with continuous and lyrical line is influenced by her native culture and her residence after marriage in Iran and Kuwait before coming to the US in 1987. Born into the Sindhi and Hindu tradition in her native India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage. She has exhibited her work in India, the USA and Europe. Many of her works are in private and public collections. In addition to her prolific painting, Arastu has also written several published works of free verse poetry and short stories in her native Hindi. Her collection of poems “Dard Ki Seedhiyan” (Steps of Pain) in Hindi language was published in 1981 with a grant from Andhra Pradesh Sahitya Kala Academy, Hyderabad, India. Her new book of art and poems in English is published by Half Full Press from Oakland California in their series of Emerging American Artists program. The book is titled “ The Lyrical line” and has more than 100 images of her works from last 10 years.

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