Boston University student Samuel A. Shushtari spent much of his childhood traveling across the globe with his father, award-winning author J. Kevin Shushtari. Shushtari's family visited Belgium, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco, and Guadeloupe, and also lived briefly in London and Austin, Texas, before settling in the historical James Thrall Soby estate, the former residence of the Director and Trustee of The Museum of Modern Art. Growing up amidst images of such artists as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Alexander Calder, Samuel A. Shushtari quickly established his creative prowess in several regards. In addition to developing talents in the acrylic medium, he began playing music and recording his original songs, and he continues to paint and play guitar today. Shushtari recently completed courses at Hartford Art School in Connecticut, and frequently visits college campuses in the Northeast to perform with several bands.
Outside of his artistic endeavors, Samuel A. Shushtari pursues several athletic activities. A passionate BMX biker, he enjoys experimenting with full-scale turns and flips. Shushtari attended a summer squash camp at Wesleyan University and went on to compete in games in the Czech Republic and Hungary. He also favors weight training, golfing, and cross country running.
Today, Samuel A. Shushtari resides in Boston, where he sits on the Dean's List at Boston University and pursues a degree in Communication. Beyond his numerous academic, athletic, and artistic endeavors, Shushtari strives to give back to the community. He currently volunteers with an inner-city food shelf, and has also worked with Hands On Hartford, a nonprofit organization that provides those in need with assistance and services, such as housing for individuals coping with HIV and AIDS.