Abbas Mehran Artist Novelist

Abbas Mehran Writing Journey

A woman walking through an alley with scented rose bushes

 

Abbas Mehran was born to humble, illiterate parents in a small mud-brick house in a remote town in Iran. Books, arts, and music did not surround him; however, his parents had a remarkable memory of Scheherazade stories, Persian proverbs, and folk poetry, which left a lasting impression on him.

Unlike a typical bookworm, Abbas spent his childhood exploring farms, orchids, hills, and mountains, fuelling his imagination. At seventeen, his reading journey took off, delving into four volumes of Western Philosophy. He then began to read motivational books from writers such as Dale Carnegie. His first novel to read was Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck at nineteen.

Abbas Mehran’s journey in learning foreign languages like Spanish and English has been a testament to his perseverance. Despite the challenges, he has always embraced and cherished the difficulty, a true testament to his dedication and love for cross-cultural experiences.  

Abbas Mehran’s Writing Journey began in 2015, and his first cross-cultural novel, Alley of Scented Roses, was published in January 2024.

Abbas Mehran Artistic Journey

An Iranian woman is weaving her image on a cross-cultural Persian rug

Weaving Her Future

Abbas Mehran’s journey in painting began in 1972, inspired by the book Lust for Life about the renowned Vincent Van Gogh. This initial curiosity ignited a passion for oil paint, leading to numerous unfinished yet promising artworks. However, due to personal and family circumstances, Abbas took twenty years to fully immerse himself in the world of painting.

In 1992, while living in Miami, Florida, Abbas Mehran made a bold and courageous decision. Despite holding a bachelor’s degree in management, a certificate in Internal Auditing, and two decades of work experience, he chose to follow his heart and pursue visual arts. This was a testament to his unwavering belief in the power of art and his own creative potential.

Continuing his artistic education, Abbas studied visual arts at the esteemed University of South Australia in Adelaide. Fuelled by his newfound knowledge and passion, he wholeheartedly dedicated himself to an art practice that reached global recognition. His works have been exhibited in Australia, Iran, Germany, China, and Taiwan. He also contributed to creating large murals in Australia, Cambodia, and China.

In 2014, tragedy struck when Abbas’s daughter, Marsha Mehran, an international bestselling author of Pomegranate Soup, passed away. She had been working on her third book, Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty. This devastating loss halted Abbas’s painting journey, and he began a new journey in creative writing.