Ida Aslanian is an Iranian-born artist of Armenian descent. She moved to Geneva in 1970, where she studied at the School of Fine Arts.
Her body of work revolves around the deconstruction and simplification of the rich Islamic miniatures from the Safavid era, detaching them from their initial purpose. Her early works were very bright, playing on her memories of the rich Iranian visual landscape.
On her move to Switzerland, she found her surroundings a constant source of inspiration. One element particularly struck her: the subdued and mysterious colors that she encountered. As a result, her œuvres became increasingly silent and her palette darker. The constraints of her Iranian upbringing and particularly the restrictions on figural representations within Islamic culture were pivotal in her move towards structural abstraction and representing the world.