Alireza Dayani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1982, 4 years after its revolution. He became interested in drawing and painting at 8 years of age when he came across a few abstract paintings he saw in a movie. He started to paint professionally when he was 17 and in only one year, managed to create more than 500 realistic drawings. His style then changed dramatically when he started to paint things from his childhood imagination. It was from there on that he found his surrealistic and fantastic realism style, for which he is known for.