Shahram Masoumi Alagha | Middle East
Shahram Masoumi Alagha and Athletes Entering the Art Field
the life of a sporting title is fleeting; yet, an athlete who succeeds in such a brief frame may go on to become a lifetime celebrity or even become a superstar in other domains, like the arts.
ArtDayMe : The well-known face of karate in the Middle East, Shahram Masoumi Alagha, holds a world championship and has coached the national karate team of the United Arab Emirates for 25 years.
According to him, the life of a sporting title is fleeting; yet, an athlete who succeeds in such a brief frame may go on to become a lifetime celebrity or even become a superstar in other domains, like the arts.
Recently, the media has focused on the stunning paintings of Hollywood stars Sharon Stone and Johnny Depp. It has also talked about the blurring of borders between painting and cinema.
In this sense, athletes' introduction into the arts is a historical process with many fruitful cases.
Most people probably immediately thought of sportspeople like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, as well as Pelé, the famous football player from the movie "Escape to Victory," and other notable football players such as Eric Cantona, who made their movie debuts.
It's interesting to note how many athletes from the Middle East have made their way into the arts.
Examples include Iranian actor Mohammad Ali Fardin, who finished second in the 1954 World Wrestling Championship, and several other actors like Naser Malek Motiei, Reza Beyk Imanverdi, and Saeed Rad. Another athlete from the region is Sami Al-Jaber, nicknamed "Super Sami" by Arab football fans. And of course, Jamshid Hashempour, who studied Shotokan karate 50 years ago under Master Kourosh Kordani's tutelage.
There are too many athletes who have engaged in artistic endeavors for this to be addressed in a single piece.
Indeed, a successful person can showcase his talent in a variety of sectors because the modern world has no boundaries. Among the hobbies of today's elite international athletes is art collecting. Thankfully, wealthy sportsmen make large sums of money, some of which they use to buy capital goods like calligraphy, paintings, and sculptures.
Professional athletes usually buy masterpieces and collectible artwork to keep in their collections.
I hope that a portion of the money they spend would go towards supporting up-and-coming artists, since they have the potential to become the next Picasso, Van Gogh, Mahmoud Saeed, Hassan Sharif, Kadhim Hayder, Dia Al-Azzawi, Marwan Kassab-Bachi, Samia Halaby, or Sohrab Sepehri.
It's also important to remember that when prominent athletes pay attention to up -and-coming artists, they will gain popularity and become the center of attention.