Bio

Fatana Baktash Arifi is a versatile artist currently residing in VA, USA. From an early age, she has demonstrated her exceptional artistic skills across a range of mediums and genres while maintaining a consistent thread throughout her body of work. As a realist artist, she has garnered acclaim for her award-winning oil, charcoal, pencil, watercolor and  portraits, each capturing a distinctive essence of beauty, likeness, and character. Additionally, she has embarked on various projects involving pen and ink work and illustrations.

In 1985, Fatana established her unique painting style, Handasasim, which is firmly rooted in realism and geometric forms, exuding an elegant and authentic aesthetic.

Fatana holds an MFA Degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, a Fine Arts Diploma from Thompson Education Direct College in the United States, a B.F.A degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Kabul University, and has also graduated from the Maimanagi Art Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her scholastic journey commenced with the completion of her 12 grades at Rabiha Balkhi High School in Kabul.

Fatana's extensive portfolio is a testament to her prolific artistic ventures and exhibitions, underscored by a constellation of awards, international recognition, ongoing commissions, and sales.

Notably, Fatana earned the distinction of being the youngest visual artist and the first woman to secure membership in Afghanistan's National Association of Artists. She also achieved the distinction of having her work displayed permanently at the National Art Gallery of Kabul and the Art Gallery of the Department of Fine Arts at Kabul University. Her affiliation extends to esteemed institutions like the National Association of Women Artists of New York, Empowered Women International, and Gallery West, as well as the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

With extensive experience as an art instructor, Fatana has imparted her knowledge to a wide spectrum of audiences, from local art centers to college and university programs, both domestically and internationally. In 1995, she established the Maimanagi Art Center in Pakistan, which served as a creative sanctuary for talented refugees amidst displacement and conflict. Presently, she spearheads Baktash Art Circle, an online art organization she founded and currently presides over.

Fatana's creative pursuits extend beyond visual arts; she is also a proficient writer who occasionally channels her emotions into poetry in her native language, Farsi. She is the author of "Painting and its Status in Afghanistan," published by the Cultural Ministry of Afghanistan, and serves as the founding editor of "Art and Culture," a publication in Pakistan dedicated to artists and refugee talents.

Her comprehensive understanding of diverse visual expressions equips Fatana to broaden her artistic horizons into areas such as art business management, art history, art restoration, picture framing, art entrepreneurship, 3D design, sculpting, silk screening, Arabic/Farsi calligraphy, digital and graphic art & design, web design, writing, and poetry in her native language.