Shafahi continually creates art in order to bring a sense of equilibrium to his life. He draws inspiration from literature, Khayyam poems, film, and world events; by combining these influences with his surrealistic figures and landscapes, he has created a unique visual language. His work combines the dreamlike and the erotic into whimsical, eccentric compositions. He considers this ongoing creative practice a continuous body of work. "Persian culture is sexual and gluttonous. All texts are about desire... My work in four words: sexual, organic, opulent, vivid,” Shafahi explained in New York Magazine.