Education/Training: Virginia Commonwealth University (1989), BFA cum laude
Awards/Publications: André’s illustration work has been featured in The New York Times, Playboy, U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Times. In college André was the recipient of the first Annual Mallory Callan Memorial Scholarship for Illustration. He also received the 1995 Virginia Press Association Best of Show Award and the 1994 Award of Excellence from the Art Directors’ Club of Metropolitan Washington D.C. His paintings are featured in a half dozen galleries on the east coast.
Story/Inspiration: Andre is an impressionistic oil painter based from his self designed studio in Goochland County, Virginia. He was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967 and his US military family returned to the states soon after he was born. Andre’s talents were nurtured from an early age by his parents who were both patrons of the arts.
He showed early promise in high school, showing his award winning artwork at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington D.C. At VCU Andre continued his study of art where his work was prominently shown in juried shows. After college Andre pursued his career in illustration for ten years before leaving the field to devote his full attention to his first love, painting.
“It is most exciting to attempt to capture on the spot the way the light falls on a beautiful scene or a fleeting aspect of nature.”
Mediums/Techniques Used: André reveres Old Masters and their painting techniques. He works with his mentor to use Renaissance painting material to produce the medium that they both use to give their oil paintings a distinctive luminescent quality.
“Painting is as much about process as it is about the result or product. For me, painting is joyful, and my hope is that the viewer sees and feels that joy. “