Iranian-born artist Pari Ram stands beside her painting “Bazaar” in her Mountain View apartment. Painting was one of her only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Her works are on display in Palo Alto this week. Nate Nickolai/Town Crier
Painting was one of Pari Ram’s only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Increasing political turmoil had already forced her husband to flee Tehran, where the couple lived, leaving Ram alone to face an overbearing government within an oppressive Iranian society.
Yet despite Iraqi air force bombardments and a stifling cultural atmosphere, the Mountain View resident continued to paint, participating in three art exhibitions before escaping to Germany in 1987 and eventually to the United States in 1989. Ram still paints and exhibits her work, with her next show scheduled to open today in Palo Alto.