Muhammad Zaman

From Ancient to Modern Calligraphy

I am an Urban Artist specialized in calligraphy. Over the years I have developed a personal style that incorporates three different languages that make up my identity: English since I live in the USA, the Bengali, language of my fatherland, and Arabic which is the language of the religion I belong to.

Since childhood, I was always fascinated by languages, lettering and calligraphy of different parts of the world. Now, as a Muslim in the USA, I see a lot of negativity towards our tradition but I always look for ways to give some positive message to people through my art.

I was influenced by the artist Elseed and his idea to create unity for people from different background, ethnicity and religion. My aim is to inspire people to share the same place and learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding.

Although my works contain words in three different languages, there is always at least one recognizable word. This makes the audience curious to ask and decode the message, and this led them to a deep connection with my art.

Even if I use ancient techniques and universal messages of peace, I keep going trying new shapes and colors to present my art to the world with a modern look.