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Painting the Soul of Tradition

Mahnaz Piroozfar is a Toronto-based artist. Born in Tehran, Iran she received her BFA from the University of Tehran after receiving her diploma from Fine Art High School. In her work, Mahnaz often incorporates techniques from traditional Persian painting into contemporary styles to invent a new language for the expression of her work.Ever since moving to Canada with her family in 2002, Mahnaz has been inspired by the Canadian landscape through the different seasons. She uses her background in watercolour painting to portray these sceneries and letting it affect her formal language at the same time. When Mahnaz is not painting, she is passing on her knowledge through teaching painting at Central Montessori Schools and Parya Trillium Foundation. She continues to explore, learn, and develop new ways of expression through the visual language.

EDUCATION

2022-Current | Painting and Drawing, OCAD University, Toronto (CA)
2007 | Early Childhood Education Diploma, Centennial College, Toronto (CA)
2005 | English for Academic Purposes Certificate, Centennial College, Toronto (CA)
1991 | Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tehran Fine Art University, Tehran (IR)
1983 | Advanced Diploma, Institute of Fine Art, Tehran (IR)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 | Celebration of Nowrooz, Parya Trillium Foundation, Toronto (CA)
2010 | Cultural Art Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto (CA)
1990 | Persian Miniature Painting Show, Laleh Hotel, Tehran (IR)
1997 | Persian Painting Exhibition, Andisheh Art Centre, Tehran (IR)
2000 | Iranian Traditional Arts, Ferdous Garden Cultural Centre, Tehran (IR)
2002 | Persian Painting Exhibition, Marefat Cultural Civic Centre, Tehran (IR)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 | Woman Life Freedom, Sahar K. Boluki Fine Art Gallery, Toronto (CA)
2022 | New Vistas Group Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto (CA)
2019 | Don Valley Art Club Group Exhibition, Papermill Gallery, Toronto (CA)
2018 | Don Valley Art Club Spring Show, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, Toronto (CA)
2015 | Heintzman House Group Exhibition, Heintzman House, Toronto (CA)
2010 | Nowrooz Art Show, Queen Gallery, Toronto (CA)
2009 | Women’s Group Show, Arta Gallery, Toronto (CA)
2008 | International d’art Miniature Exhibition, Hotel de Ville, Quebec (CA)
2008 | Summer Artists Show, Parya Trillium Foundation, Toronto (CA)
2007 | International d’art Miniature Exhibition, Hotel de Ville, Quebec (CA)
2005 | Under the Azure Dome Festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto (CA)
2004 | International d’art Miniature Exhibition, Hotel de Ville, Quebec (CA)
2004 | I.C.N Group Exhibition, Sheraton Hotel, Toronto (CA)
2003 | Group Show, Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario, Toronto (CA)
2001 | Women’s Art Exhibition, Andisheh Art Center, Tehran (IR)
2000 | Iranian Traditional Arts, Ferdous Garden Cultural Centre, Tehran (IR)
1999 | Group Art Show, Marefat Cultural Civic Centre, Tehran (IR)
1997 | Women’s Arts Festival, Andishe Art Centre, Tehran (IR)
1989 | Persian Painting Biennale, Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran (IR)
1984 | Persian Painting Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Centre, Tehran (IR)

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

2018-Current | Participating Artist at Don Valley Art Club, Toronto (CA)
2011-2015 | Participating Artist at Nami Iranian Canadian Centre for the Arts, Toronto (CA)
1997 | Women’s Art Festival in Iranian Traditional Painting (First Prize), Tehran (IR)

PUBLICATIONS

2013 | 20+1 Exhibition Catalogue, Nami Iranian Canadian Centre for the Arts, Toronto (CA)
1999 | Book Cover: Poems of Baba Taher Hamedani, Mahtab Publishing, Tehran (IR)

TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2008-Current | Art Teacher, Central Montessori Schools, Toronto (CA)
2008-Current | Art Instructor, Parya Trillium Foundation, Toronto (CA)
2007-2008 | Art Instructor, Pascal Academy, Toronto (CA)
2002-2007 | Art Teacher, Private Drawing & Painting Sessions, Toronto, (CA)
1999-2002 | Art Instructor, Private Painting Classes, Tehran (CA)
2003 | Art Instructor, Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario Centre, Toronto (CA)
1998-2002 | Program Coordinator & Art Instructor, Marefat Cultural Civic Centre, Tehran (IR)
1983-1984 | Art Instructor, Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults, Tehran (IR)