Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Maryam Gueramian lived in Tehran, Iran before moving to the United States at the age of 14. Her passion for art and fashion emerged at the age of three. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Economics from the University of California, San Diego, Maryam decided to expand on her painting hobby, which resulted in 2 solo exhibitions, one in Tehran, one in Los Angeles and many group shows.
Unlike most artists, Maryam does not have a specific painting genre. She gets her inspiration from internationally known symbols, poetic quotes (Rumi), and all things beautiful, meaningful and globally unifying in order to build a bridge between cultural and religious differences through art.
Maryam obtained her MBA from California State University, Northridge in May 2011. During her MBA career, she entered the world of fashion, starting a t-shirt and accessories line, “Confiance,” inspired by her Evil Eye painting. She launched her line at the 4th Annual UCLA Fashion Show Benefiting PACI (Persian American Cancer Institute) on April 3, 2010. Less than a year later, in January of 2011, she was given the opportunity to be one of the sponsors for the HBO Luxury Lounge® in Honor of the 68th Golden Globe® Awards.
In the summer of 2011, Maryam was honored with the title of Miss West Coast and competed in the Miss CA, USA pageant in January of 2012.
Today she still continues to paint, design jewelry and she recenlty co-founded a new fashion venture named Private Cartel, which is an online boutique that carries fashion forward street wear both men and women. Her ultimate goal is to one day start an art and fashion charity for underprivileged kids, in order to allow them to cultivate their talents and keep them out of trouble.