Artist paints dream woman, meets one who looks exactly like the painting after a year and marries her

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Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of his dreams years ago and met Parisa Karamnezhad, (pictured) who resembled this portrait in an exhibition he held in 2009. (Ahad Saadi/Newsflash)
Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of his dreams years ago and met Parisa Karamnezhad, (pictured) who resembled this portrait in an exhibition he held in 2009. (Ahad Saadi/Newsflash)
  • Ahad Saadi, an artist, painted a portrait of his ideal woman and later met his true love, Parisa, who is identical to the woman in the painting.
  • Parisa was taken aback when she came across the painting at her now husband's exhibition as it made her feel as if she was looking in a mirror.
  • The two then started dating and at their first dinner date, Ahad proposed to Parisa.


An artist painted a portrait of his dream woman a year before he met his wife who looks exactly like the woman in the painting.

Ahad Saadi, 41, told Newsflash about the unusual story that led to him meeting the love of his life. He says his mother had been pressuring him to get married, so in 2008 he decided to paint the woman of his dreams.

The successful artist created a branch of art known as 'Azarnegari' which involves creating art by burning various fabrics with fire. He completed the portrait of his future wife and then displayed it at the Huner-i Mukaddes Gallery, which means 'Holy Art', in the city of Tabriz, Iran, at the end of 2009.

During the exhibition, fellow artist Parisa Karamnezhad, 39, was shocked when she came across the painting that made her feel like she was looking in a mirror. Little did she know it had been painted by her future husband.

Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of hi

All images courtesy Ahad Saadi/ Newsflash/ Magazine Features


Ahad says, "When I saw Parisa in my exhibition for the first time, both the excitement and the flutter of my heart gave me a feeling that I had never experienced before. It was an indescribable feeling."

Parisa says: "One evening, my boyfriend Kave called and said there was an extraordinary exhibition, and we should go. At first, I didn't want to go. When Kave insisted, I accepted. When we walked into the exhibition, Ahad was drawing attention because he was the artist. At that moment, I realised that a woman next to Ahad was looking at me and touching his arm. She said something to him, and Ahad looked at us with searching eyes."

Parisa and her boyfriend at the time began to look at the various pieces of work by Ahad which she described as "truly impressive."

Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of hi

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"After passing in front of a few paintings we arrived at the portrait that changed my life. A portrait of a smiling woman with curly hair," Parisa says.

"We froze in front of the portrait for a few seconds. I felt a strange closeness. I turned to my boyfriend and asked, 'Does this portrait look like me?'"

Her boyfriend replied, "kind of" and walked off but Parisa could not move as she fixated on what looked like a near-perfect reflection of her face, eyes and long curly hair.

Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of hi

Parisa left the exhibition still with her boyfriend unable to stop thinking about Ahad and his painting. She spoke to a friend shortly after the exhibition, saying: "She was more excited than me and she wanted to know what was going on."

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The following day Parisa went back to the exhibition along with her excited friend and met Ahad who greeted them excitedly as they walked through the door. Parisa took her friend to see the painting while Ahad attended to his other guests. Her friend said: "I don't know what the story of this painting is, but this man is madly in love with you."

Parisa and her friend left the exhibition, and she did not see Ahad again for well over a year. Ahad said that he did not see the love of his life for the following year and a half but eventually found her on Facebook and reached out.

Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of hi

By this point, Parisa had left her boyfriend and she agreed to have dinner with Ahad. Parisa says that when Ahad saw her, they hugged tightly and he whispered in her ear "You don't know how much I love you."

Ahad, who had only seen Parisa twice before in his life, proposed to her during the dinner date. Parisa was taken back by the proposal and said she needed time to think about it but the next day she contacted Ahad and said yes.

Her mum could not believe that she was marrying someone on such short notice but after explaining the events that led to the decision, her mother sighed in relief and was deeply touched by the story.

Iranian artist Ahad Saadi, painted the woman of hi

Both Parisa and Ahad meeting each other was one of the greatest moments in their lives and they have never been happier since getting married. Ahad's mother is also especially happy about the marriage.

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Credit: Ahad Saadi/ Newsflash/ Magazine Features

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