Discovering the Artistic World of Mona Niko
Photo Courtesy: Arezoo Jalali

Discovering the Artistic World of Mona Niko

By: Arezoo Jalali

Today, we have the pleasure of introducing Mona Niko, a remarkable artist and the visionary owner of the Mona Niko Gallery, nestled in the Mission Viejo Mall in Orange County.

A Journey Through Art and Beyond

Mona Niko’s artistic journey began in Iran, where she pursued her passion for art at the University of Tehran. After graduating, she embarked on a new adventure in Dubai. For twelve years, Mona contracted various art projects and participated in numerous exhibitions, leaving a significant mark on the vibrant art scene of Dubai. During her time there, she also shared her knowledge and skills by teaching painting to many aspiring artists. 

The Creative Process

From Inspiration to Masterpiece Mona’s creative process is a harmonious blend of inspiration and meticulous refinement. “I find my initial inspiration by listening to music and immersing myself in nature,” she explains. Starting with a preliminary sketch, she then continues to refine her work, allowing the piece to evolve into its final form. 

A Fusion of Materials 

Mona’s paintings are known for their unique use of mixed media. She employs a variety of materials available in the market, each adding a distinctive element to her work. This fusion of materials creates a rich texture and depth that sets her paintings apart.

Art Beyond the Canvas 

Mona’s creativity extends beyond traditional canvases. Her artwork is also featured on T-shirts, pillows, and dresses, allowing art enthusiasts to carry a piece of her creativity into their everyday lives. Additionally, the gallery hosts fashion runway shows featuring both Mona Niko’s lines and the work of other artists, as well as networking events, making it a vibrant hub for art and fashion enthusiasts. The last event was on 1st of June in which she also showcased her own line. 

The Timeline of Creation 

Creating a masterpiece is a journey that requires patience and dedication. Depending on the size of the piece, it usually takes Mona about a month to a month and a half from the first sketch to the final project. Her modern art often blends cultural elements with mixed media, creating a unique and captivating aesthetic. 

The Eyes: A Window to the Soul One striking feature of Mona’s work is her use of eyes, or sometimes the absence of them. “The eye is a very important part of the body in my sketches because it can convey pain and the depth of life,” she shares. Through the eyes, she captures the beauty and complexity of life.

Discovering the Artistic World of Mona Niko

Photo Courtesy: Arezoo Jalali

Impact on the Audience

Mona’s modern art, with its cultural nuances and mixed media,resonates deeply with her audience. It evokes a profound connection and elicits emotional responses, drawing viewers into her world. 

Advice for Aspiring Artists

For those looking to follow in her footsteps, Mona offers a piece of heartfelt advice: “You must love painting. The road is long but fulfilling.” Art enthusiasts can explore more of Mona Niko’s work on to dive into her captivating world of art. Mona Niko’s journey and her innovative approach to art continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the globe. Her work is a testament to the transformative power of creativity and the enduring impact of art. Instagram: @monaniko_  

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