Payman Hamed was born in 1975 in Tabriz, Iran. Being in a calligraphers’ family, he showed great passion to this form of art ever since he started reading and writing as early as age six. His father, who was his first calligraphy teacher, was a student of “Mirza Taher Khoshnevis” (1888-1976)* the famous Quran calligrapher. He taught him the basic rules of Nastaliq; very soon he was good in handling reed pen and ink.
After a few years of self-study, in 1992 he attended master Beyzaavi’s calligraphy classes in Iranian Calligraphers’ Society***. He received certificate of accomplishment from this society and has been a member since 1996. Art exhibition, research, and teaching Persian calligraphy became his major interests since then.
He held a number of group and solo art exhibitions and conducted seminars and workshops about the art of Arabic and Persian calligraphy.
The Love of Arabic, Ottoman, and Persian Calligraphy - Seminar and workshop, California Society for Calligraphy (more pictures here)
Payman’s devotion to the art of Persian calligraphy encouraged him to establish PersianCalligraphy.ORG and online calligraphy classes for the first time to introduce and promote this unique form of art to the art lovers from all over the world.
He is also the founder of the first online school of calligraphy in which he teaches Persian calligraphy to his students calling in from various places in the world including United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, UK and Sweden.
From left to right: Milyn Villareal, Payman Hamed, Jeonghan Ryu, and Sam Anvari
Live Calligraphy Performance in Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA