Behnaz Monzavi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1981. She grew up next to the mountains and national parks and close to the crowded city of Tehran. Throughout her life, she has continually been fascinated by traditional Iranian miniature, and for this reason, logically, she has turned to the paint from nature, including birds and flowers. Her interest was maintained during her teenage years, and when she entered college and then university in the United States, she decided to pursue her career professionally.
After passing various courses in painting and drawing, Behnaz decided to continue her pieces as a combination of traditional Iranian art and modern art. She is currently researching Iranian and Western art history and is interested in many combinations of them in her later works. Naturally, she has been attracted to oil paintings since she draws from observation; she prefers to photograph first and then turn it into a picture. She believes that art lies in nature, and by looking at the environment, contemplating, and harmonizing with it, she feels she is connected to nature and its components. This may not be interpretable and describable simply in words, but she can show that particular moment more clearly when she paints it. For instance, being inspired by nature, she plans to paint many colorful birds, her specific creative style, shortly. The unique combination of tradition and modernism is one of her core artistic values. Based on her Asian and Persian heritage, she is interested in applying a mixture of traditional Persian paintings of flowers and birds and modern styles of oil color together, which is her own novelty.