Shiva Pakdel grew up in Abadan, Iran during the 60s. Abadan, one of the most liberal cities in Iran, offered a modern western lifestyle in a land of history and tradition. This exposure to both east and west provided her with great appreciation and enjoyment for art, culture, history, and poetry of Iran, as well as the art and culture of the West.
In the past 30 years, while developing her professional career in marketing and advertising for large companies, Shiva has also pursued her true passion for art. Her life-long desire to create and communicate via art has resulted in several art shows, and art organizations focused on the Iranian-American artists as well as the art of Iran.
Her current project is a large scale project that tells the story of late 19th and early 20th century Iran through postage stamps.