Arastu was born in Rajasthan, India. She has been painting for
thirty years, since graduating with a Masters degree in Fine
Arts from MS University, Baroda, India in 1975.
Her work with continuous and lyrical line is influenced by her
native culture and her residence after marriage in Iran and Kuwait
before coming to the US in 1987.
Born into the Hindu tradition in her native India, she later
embraced Islam through her marriage. At birth, Ms. Arastu was given
the life-defining challenge of a left hand without fingers. Seeing
the unity of an all-encompassing God, she was able to transcend the
barriers often set-forth in the traditions of religion, culture and
the cultural perceptions of handicaps. Her personal triumphs have
been defined and shaped by the simple principle of faith in The
Divine, as the compelling force which has guided her life and work.
As a woman, a Hindu, a Muslim and a multi-cultural artist, she sees
the events of 9-11 as providing a unique opportunity to create
harmony and world transformation through the expression of The
Universal in her art.
Ms. Arastu has won many awards for her art. Her works are
represented in several galleries, including Artjaz gallery in
Philadelphia; Gmunder gallery in Schwabisch, Germany; Art Heritage
gallery in New Dehli, India, Monsoon Galleries in Bethlehem, PA and Space on Spurgeon in santa Ana, CA. Her
work is also included in more than a hundred private collections in
the US, Germany, India and the Middle East. In addition to her
participation in various major group shows, she has heldmore than thirty shows throughout the world, including the US, Germany, Kuwait,
Iran and India. In 2000, she served a six week artist residency in
Germany. Ms. Arastuís studio is located in the Banana Factory in
In addition to her prolific painting, Ms. Arastu 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.