Best known for her “Manimal” pencil drawings, Anis Tabaraee has a unique sense of portraiture. Her surreal depictions of people as animals touches on contemporary issues of the middle- class in Iran. The deer that reappears in her artworks is reminiscent of early hunting scenes in Persian miniature paintings, an activity favored by the ruling class and considered as one of the three chief occupations of the Parthian nobility. The “Manimals” described in her drawings are depicted engaging in their daily routine of contemporary life, while references from Persian culture such as fabric patterns, Persian rugs and wall paintings are entwined in the background.
Tabaraee has been drawing since childhood and was always interested in the daily life experiences of the people surrounding her. “Drawing with a pencil has always been the language of my art expression” says Tabaraee. “Pencils help me express my emotion more than any other medium”.