Navaee first studied (double major) civil engineering and theory and
composition of classical music in Omaha, Nebraska and practiced many
years as a civil engineer specialized in concrete structures and
technology. In 1995 he turned to computers and studied in Cologne,
Germany, computer networking and communications with Novell Certified
Engineer designation and worked 5 years in that field. He quit his last
job as a senior engineer in Silican Valley, and started studying art in
Berkeley, California. He did not go for a degree, just took all the
courses that he thought would be helpful to start life as a professional
painter. He had practiced art since he was a teenager.
photography at first, he did not have much success, he had started
learning photography on his own, in a dark room set up in a large closet
at home, and eventually frustrated that he
could not get what he wanted, gave it up and stuck to his painting. It
was late 90s that he got his first digital camera and got back to
photography again. Knowing the basics, he could soon get what he wanted
and made up for the frustrating times of his dark room. Presently he is focusing on natural light / studio portrait photography.
August 2003 he started teaching art and yoga / meditation free of
charge to the public. In 2006 he registered Toronto East Community Arts
Program- TECAP with the mandate of offering free art education to the
community. in 2009 TECAP was registered as a charitable organization. TECAP community believes that
"free education is a basic human right".