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 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, and all things beautiful, meaningful and globally unifying in order to build a bridge between cultural and religious differences through art.
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. 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.
In 2014, she co-founded a new fashion venture named Private Cartel; an online boutique catered to fashion forward men and women looking for attainable on trend attire.
Today, she continues to paint, design jewelry and run Private Cartel. Her ultimate goal is to one day start an art and fashion charity for underprivileged kids, giving them a platform to cultivate their talents and keep them out of trouble.
Non-Profit and Charity Involvements
Foster Nation - 2016 to Present
Young Collective Leaders Board Member + Partnerships Committee Member
Farhang Foundation - 2014 to Present
Generations Council Member + Social Media Chair - 2014 to Present
Spearheaded the foundation’s first ever fashion show, The Iranian Cultural Runway
USC Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery Advisory Council - 2007 to Present
International Ambassador to Young Professionals Committee