Hijri 1369-Present (AH); Common Era 1950-Present (CE)
Salma Arastu was born in Rajasthan, India. She graduated with an MFA in painting from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India. For the last thirty years, she has been exhibiting her paintings in India, Iran, Kuwait and the United States. Hindu by birth and Muslim by marriage, her work expounds on the unity of an all-encompassing God, common in all religions. Her personal triumphs have been defined and shaped by the simple principle of faith in The Divine as the compelling force that has guided her life and work. She seeks Universal in her art. Salma has received recognition both regionally and nationally, winning numerous awards. Her lyrical and spiritual paintings, based on memories of her childhood, her love of people, and her deep faith, is inspiring, warm and beautiful. In addition to her prolific painting, she is also creating lyrical metal sculptures and exploring digital media to narrate experiences. Salma has also written several published works of free-verse poetry and short stories in her native Hindi. She continues to write and provides eloquent prose to accompany her paintings for gallery showings. Shortly after arriving in the US, she became an entrepreneur with the creation of Your True Greetings, a successful greeting card company that uses her paintings and calligraphy to serve the needs of Muslim communities in the US, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.