Born in Kabul in 1983, Tamim Sahebzada began learning miniature painting at the age of seven. Tamim comes from a family of well-known calligraphers who specialise in preserving the Behzad School of illumination work. His commitment to this tradition was almost cut short when he was stopped and searched by the Taliban because of his Western clothes. He was badly beaten after they found figurative paintings in his bag. After this experience, he fled to Pakistan where he designed carpets for a living. On returning to Afghanistan, he began teaching miniature painting, illumination, and design at the Turquoise Mountain Institute. Tamim's work has been exhibited widely in Afghanistan and around the world to international acclaim.