Born in Tehran, Iran, Behnaz Karjoo moved to the United States at a young age where she soon developed an interest in art. Her creative pursuits took a serious turn later in her life, leading her to study jewelry design and photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Inspired by her early memories of Iranian mosque architecture, illumination, and calligraphy, she soon thereafter pursued training in the traditional Islamic arts. In 2011, Behnaz began studying illumination (tazhib) under Mujgan Baskoylu, a master of Turkish illumination, miniature painting, and paper cutting. Since then her works have been exhibited in various venues in the U.S. and the Middle East. In 2016, Behnaz received her ijaza (certificate of mastery) from Mrs. Baskoylu. To expand her knowledge, she is now studying the art in its Persian variety under the guidance of Iranian illumination masters. She also continues her photography as a freelance photographer mainly focused on landscape and travel photography.