As the founder and managing partner of the Dubai-based commodities firm MA Partners DMCC, the founder and managing partner of Magenta Capital Services, and the vice chairman of London Strategic Land, Afkhami keeps busy. Between all of that, he has still managed to collect about 400 works since 2004. His collection mostly features works by Iranian contemporary artists, among them Mohammad Ehsai and Shirin Neshat. Akhami is inspired to collect by his mother and grandfather, who “compiled one of the most significant private collections of calligraphy in Iran,” according to the Art Newspaper. Some of his collection was recently on display in “Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Afkhami hopes to take the show to the United States soon. In an interview with CBC about the importance of the exhibition, he said, “We’re living together on this planet. We’re all the same. We might have different faiths, but at the core we all share certain fundamental tenants. This art is one way to sort of see that commonality.”
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