For some odd reason, I hadn't ever searched over Muslim or Eastern painters, but I was delighted to have tripped upon this amazing Iranian artist - Iman Maleki. I'm not much into Realism (except for photorealism!), but I can't deny the mastery in some of the painters' works. And Maleki does a great job.
Being an Eastern myself, I really feel drawn to his work. No matter how great a Western artist is, that work is still foreign to me. Something I can empathize with, relate with, is breath of fresh air.
Not only am I truly mesmerized by Maleki's technique, but his subject matter and representation has touched my heart! Instead of a violent representation that several other artists choose to talk about women or Islam with, this soft portrayal speaks volumes. The mundane has been made significant.