Interview with Niloufar Naghdi

I have known Nilo since fifth grade. She had just fled Iran and I had just moved from London. We both arrived to school in Coronado, CA with awkwardness and accents and became fast friends.  She is one of the most talented artists I know and I have been PLEADING with her for years to sell her work…this is my attempt to expose her AMAZING talents.  Now…if only I can get her to start an ETSY site!

A Bolt of Blue - Niloufar Naghdi

Nilo in front of her painting

Name: Niloufar Naghdi

If you could rename yourself what name would you prefer?

I like the name Bronte, I read Jane Eyre at a young age and it struck a chord with me, even though Charlotte Brontë wrote it under a different alias. I think I’m pronouncing it wrong though, it’s pronounced “Bronti” but I say “Brontay” – I like my version better. 

Where do you live?

San Diego , CA

Where would you rather be living? 

I would love to live somewhere with a colder climate, this 72 degrees all year round is for the birds!  San Francisco, New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris.



I’m a senior designer at a skateboard company. We have six brands we manage; Toy Machine Skateboards, Foundation Skateboards, Dekline Shoes, Pig Wheels, Ruckus Trucks and Brostyle. I have different responsibilities for each brand, from production work, to ads, apparel design, skateboard graphics, wheel graphics, catalogs, trade show p.o.p. , etc. you name it, I’m doin’ it!  I also do freelance work, mostly for bands.

A Bolt of Blue - Niloufar Naghdi

What’s the best band you’ve seen live?

There is no way I can answer this question! There’s been too many, recently maybe Tame Impala.

If you could play hooky for a day, what would be your ideal day?

Waking up at a leisurely pace, then meeting up with friends and exploring the city.

Now…I happen to know you are an UBER talented artist. What’s your favorite painting and why?

Jean-Michel Basquiat,  untitled (Skull) – I don’t know why I’m so drawn to this painting. It just works for me visually, aesthetically and emotionally.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

When you paint, do you prefer acrylic, oil or watercolors?

I get bored with stuff pretty quickly so I like to experiment with different mediums. I mostly dabble in acrylic and oil stick. Lately I’ve been obsessed with woodwork.There’s an artist in Joshua tree, his name is Alma Allen, I really dig the small wood sculptures he’s doing – I’m obsessed!

How long does it take you to finish a painting?

Usually the thought process behind it takes a lot longer than the actual work! I can think about a painting for 6 months and then finish it in 2 days. (Maybe it’s procrastination). Sometimes it’s an immediate response, I have an idea and I have to finish it that night. I guess it depends on the idea.

Name five things you LOVE.

My friends

My family

Good books

Good music


Name five things you LOATHE.

Getting up early

Bad manners

Cigarette smoke


Mustard! – Vile weed!!! 


What’s your most prominent memory from middle school?

I think my most prominent memory was that I never felt like I fit in, even though I had moved to the states a couple years prior I was still trying to find my footing.

What’s your most prominent memory from high school?

Hanging out with friends at the kiosk at lunch, so many fun memories.


***Photos all submitted by Nilo.

Thanks Nilo…and by the way…Nilo is the one who designed my A Bolt of Blue logo! Check out her blog Things Nilo Did to see more of her work!

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