Art Statment 
  
  I’ve come to understand my artistic process because of a chronic back problem. My images changed completely after many months where I couldn’t produce any art because of the extreme pain that I experienced in my body.  When I could no longer remember how I felt before my back pain, when I understood the real meaning of needing, suffering and wishing, when I had to create my art while my body was horizontal and in pain, when I felt I was in a shell like a turtle, I began to recognize I could create countless images that could express my feelings. 
I pondered about my soul and I began to more fully understand my own suffering, which led me to wish for all humans and animals to have a greater understanding of their own condition. From this point on I began to paint a world of pain out of myself, my wishes and regrets. 
 
  Pain is meant as a reminder of our joy, and the unpleasant as a reminder of ever-present beauty. Pain is pervasive in my paintings: bodily pain, the pain of being a woman, the pain of limitation, and the pain of being human. Pain includes everything that needs to be relieved. However, with every description of pain, there is a speck of hope that accompanies it. My desire is also to go beyond race and physical beauty. The elements that I use in my work can be both literal and symbolic. They are a way me to go beyond stereotypes. 

  As an Iranian artist who started knowing art through literature and calligraphy at a very young age, I always like to tell stories through representational objects. The elements that I use are integral in arousing responses from the viewer. I am always interested to create with symbolic textile, colors, hierarchical proportion. And sometimes the writing of my mother tongue (Persian), primarily the poems of Hafiz or Khayam. These add a kind of music and unclear murmur to my work which provides a form of relief to the melancholy atmosphere of my art. The technique also has its own narrative, however, it is very faint and delicate.
  

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Education
2017-2019, MFA Candidate, The LeRoy E.Hoffberger School of Painting,  Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA
2012, MA, Art Research, University of science and culture, Tehran, Iran
2010, BFA, Painting, University of science and culture, Tehran, Iran
2004, Diploma, Graphics, Hefdah Shahrivar technical high school, Tehran, Iran

Awards
2017, Hoffberger Merit Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Group Exhibitions
2017, Open Studio, JVS Project Space Gallery, NYC
2017, Leroy E. Hoffberger School of Painting Fall Show, Riggs Leidy Gallery, Baltimore, MD 
2015, Diversos, Dominico-American Cultural Institute, Santo Domingo, DR
2015, Libres, Cultural Center Mella, Santo Domingo, DR
2014, 6x6 Ceramic Tile, JVS Project Space Gallery, NYC
2013, International Art Residency, The Altos de Chavon Gallery, La Romana, DR
2010, International Art Expo, Faam gallery, Beijing, China
2009, International Day of UN-Habitat competition, Westminster University gallery, London, UK
2009, 4th Contest of Iran New Generation, Homa Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2009, First Art Festival “Color of Kindness”, Foreign Ministry Convention Center, Tehran, Iran
2002, Group Drawing Exhibitions, Reza Abbasi Museum, Tehran, Iran

Publication 
2017, Cover Art, Words Without Borders, November Issue
2015, Designed an Art Therapy Coloring book titled NATURE, published by the British art supply company Daler Rowney

Research
2011-2012, The role of galleries in fashion-oriented contemporary paintings in Iran during the eighties (MFA Research)
2009-2010, The Role of Grotesques in artworks of Siyah Qalam (14th century) and contemporary artist  Ahmad Amin Nazar (BFA Written Thesis )
  

Workshop
Painting workshop to the kids of the orphanage Bon Samariten in Port-au Prince, Haiti, 2013