Modern Wall Art’s Syed Rahman has taken inspiration from his personal background and has combined it with his surroundings to make pieces that resonate with all kinds of personalities.
What started out as a hobby while pursuing a degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and Healthcare Administration has turned into a global business, He wanted to remodel his home and wanted to buy Arabic Islamic art but just couldn’t find any, so he decided to make it himself. From that moment on, Modern Wall Art became the one-stop-shop for any artwork inspired by Islamic modern art. His company is currently one of the biggest Islamic Art websites in the world and is also a platform for other artists to sell their work. He opened his first art gallery in 2018 in Skokie, Illinois is currently recognized as America’s first Islamic Art Gallery. His artwork is also currently displayed at the Chicago History Museum making it the first time Islamic Art has been exhibited in a museum in Chicago.
Everything that he creates is handmade and he uses high-quality stainless steel and wood to create custom designs from scratch. Regardless of what kind of piece his customer’s request, he would work with them until they are completely satisfied and their dream piece comes to life. They specialize in making handmade 3D art that has a unique look when displayed. He likes to think outside the box and focus on designing pieces that don’t already exist.
Since the Modern Wall Art gallery has opened, the products that they offer has expanded significantly. They started out with just 3-4 designs and at the moment they are the only Islamic Art Company in the world that has a large variety of calligraphy designs. Even after Rahman opened a physical store, most of the orders his company gets are made online. He prides himself and his team being available at any point of the day because most orders come outside the Chicago area and even outside the United States.
What makes him as an artist unique is the fact that he started his company with him wanting to “chase the barakah (blessings), not the money”. Whatever success he has achieved, he believes that he wasn’t and still isn’t in it for the money. He is very humble and wants to work with other artists and help others and uses his platform to help make other businesses and artists successful. His gallery has displayed other artists’ works and also gives them an opportunity to sell their work on Modern Wall Art’s website.
Not only is he a great artist, but he also gives back to the community. He regularly collects money for humanitarian aid and in recent months has been doing more outreach in the community and getting more involved through social media, especially during this COVID-19 period. He devised a plan on his Instagram page offering to come to the aid of anyone that may need help, from buying groceries, essentials, and medicines. His COVID-19 initiative was inspired by a group of guys on Facebook that were offering to pick up and deliver groceries for anyone who may need them.