Maryam Gohar is a contemporary figurative artist born on 1981 in Shiraz, Iran. She has been working as a children’s book illustrator for many years while keeping a more feminine and sensual side of her artistic-self hidden. Being a woman artist in Iran and the nature of her art combined, made it harder to work in larger scales and she started exploring this new emotional endeavor with sketchbook pieces at first. Finding an online fine art community and traveling to US to meet strong female artists like Rebecca Leveille helped her grow more fearless and start painting subject matters that she has been avoiding for the longest time. In her works, Gohar uses Shunga and Shahnameh backgrounds both in favor and against her main subjects (female figures) in the foreground; the richness of lines and colors in both these old masters’ paintings help tie the figure in the composition while their bold masculinity and in cases brutality in contrast with the female sensuality in front, create an extra sense of delicacy.