Shirin Neshat was born in Qazvin ( about 100 kilometers northwest of Tehran, the Iranian capital ) in 1957. She was one of a wealthy family with five children , his father was a doctor, she describes as a " well educated and progressive people " ( " Shirin Neshat : Iranian exile and artists "). His mother was " a typical Iranian woman " who have received almost no education , has family and domestic life ( MacDonald ) committed . Neshat 's family supported the Shah of Iran , Reza Pahlavi , whose goal was modernization and Westernization Iran so he could be a world power with Western countries .
Neshat family wanted to get their children to a Western education when Shirin was at the age of 17 ( " Shirin Neshat : Iranian exile and artists " ) sent to the United States. She attended school in Los Angeles for a Hochschulabschlussund attended college at the University of California , Berkeley, then . Neshat has remained his mastery of painting at the University for his BA , MA, and in 1983. Two sisters abandoned their studies , return to Iran and eventually marry ( MacDonald ) .