Golnaz Esmaili was born and raised in Tehran. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic design from Azad Art and Architecture University and her master’s degree in Visual Communications from Tehran University, she started working as a graphic designer with concentration on art and cultural events in Kargah Studio in Tehran. She also taught art to children age 5-12 at Chaharbagh School in Tehran. Golnaz moved to the United State in 2010 to continue her studies. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University in 2012. While studying at Yale, she also worked as a teacher assistant of several classes. Upon her graduation, Golnaz moved to New York City in May 2012 where she is currently working as an artist and following her passion in teaching.