Pouya Afshar (b. 1984, Tehran, Iran) immigrated to the United States in 2000. Afshar’s meticulous draftsmanship combined with his cinematic training enables him to create culturally engaged images and place them into larger narratives replete with details from his own life and socio-political events happening around him. In addition to his work as an artist, he is an alumnus from the California Institute of Arts Character Animation department and is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles Graduate Department of Film and Television focusing in Animation and Digital Media. Pouya has presented his research at Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Southern California, School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Residency Unlimited NY. He is also the recipient of a Creative Economy Grant in the state of Massachusetts. Pouya is the creator, character designer and producer of the animated series ‘Rostam in Wonderland’ and the co-creator of 1PA2PA comics. He is currently an assistant professor of Art and Design at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Pouya Afshar has exhibited his work as an animator and visual artist throughout Los Angeles and United States at renowned locations such as Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, Bovard Auditorium at University of Southern California, Royce Hall at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Santa Monica Art Studios, 18th Street Art Center, and numerous galleries and art fairs around the world.