In 1984, Zakariya traveled to Istanbul, where he studied with renowned Arabic calligrapher Hasan Celebi. Since then, Zakariya has designed a U.S. postage stamp and was commissioned to create a piece for President Obama to give as a gift to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz. And Zakariya continues to push himself, creating between 10 and 30 works a year (ranging from $5,000 to $30,000). “As I get older, I get better,” he says. “I’m really hitting my stride now.”Benjamin C. Tankersley/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
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