Art Statement and Bio

I am an Iranian/Canadian artist (b. 1977, Tehran, Iran) who has a studio-based practice in Vancouver, B.C. I work across a range of media in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and collage. My practice draws upon multiple approaches from miniature to life size, allowing micro and macro visions to inform each other. Miniature pieces are a blueprint for the larger works, while those on a larger scale contain the intricacies found in the smaller pieces. This interaction between forms and scales creates a dialogue, suggesting a shared world and a multitude of perspectives.

I work through a reductive-like process in which I construct multiple small and abstracted parts, made playfully with a diverse range of materials, and surfaces. They are then assembled or composed together to form intricate and more complex compositions and structures that elicit delight. My practice honours imagination as the prevailing human force that accompanies us in difficult times and leads us towards joy and hope. The playful rearrangements of abstracted parts tend to defy easy categorization and representation while revealing a story about both singular form and the whole.

My work has been published in various media outlets such as Preview magazine, Vancouver Sun, Ellele and Georgia Straight and The City Without Art? My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Toronto, Portland, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. I have been teaching an IB visual and culinary arts program at Brockton School in North Vancouver since 2012. I hold an honours degree in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, a postgraduate degree in New Media Design from Sheridan, Le Grand Diplome in cuisine and pastry from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Art in Art Education from UBC.

Curriculum Vitae


2023 University of British Columbia, MA in Art Education on A Turn To Domestic Objects

2012 University of British Columbia, B.Ed

2009 Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Le Grand Diploma

2002 University of Waterloo, Honours Fine Arts

2003 Sheridan College, Post Graduate New Media Design


2022 Next, Alternative Creations Gallery & Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver

2022 King Sofa Abstract, Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles

2022 Utopia The Not Yet, Grit Gallery, Port Moody

2022 25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl, Parker Studios, Vancouver

2021 25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl, Parker Studios, Vancouver

2020  7th Annual Abstract Catalyst, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland

2019  Displacement, Alternative Creations Gallery, Vancouver

2017  The Garden, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver

2015  A Novel Collision, The Old Foundry Building, Vancouver

2015  The Gathering, Roam Gallery, Vancouver

2013  Colourplay, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver

2012  Text-tile, Volution Gallery, Vancouver

2011  QR, Old Foundry Building, Vancouver

2011  Little Gems, Beaumont Gallery, Vancouver

2009 Art for Life, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver

2009-2019 Eastside Culture Crawl, The Old Foundry Building, Vancouver

2004   Smalls, Locus Gallery, Vancouver

2002  And, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo

2002  Pickled, Kitchener Public Library, Kitchener

1998-2002 SOFA's Annual Juried Exhibitions, University of Waterloo, Waterloo

2001  taciturnity, Front Gallery, University of Waterloo, Waterloo

2001-2002  40th and 41st Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto

2000  Works on Paper, Front Gallery, University of Waterloo, Waterloo

2000  Juried Exhibition, Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo, Waterloo

1999  4th Annual University of Waterloo Juried Exhibition, Eldon Gallery, Kitchener      

1999  University of Waterloo Juried Exhibition, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener


2019   A City Without Art?, Exhibition and Forum publication for Displacement.

2019   Georgia Straight interview + the front cover page on the exhibition Displacement.

2017   Exhibition text for The Garden, Pendulum Gallery,Vancouver

2013   Exhibition text for Colourplay, Pendulum Gallery,Vancouver


2012   UBC ART Education Award Winners, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver

2011   Vancouver Faces, Alelle, Vancouver

2011   Portrait of an Artist: Rojia Dadashzadeh The Georgia Straight online publication,

2009   Art For Life, 16th annual exhibition catalogue, Vancouver

2006   Channel M; Multivision Television: Paivand, by Ramin Mahjouri 

2002   AND, exhibition catalogue, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo


2019  INSEA 2019 Conference presenter, UBC, Vancouver

2018    Recipient of Jeanette Andrews Student Research Award, UBC, Vancouver

2012-2013 ArtStart, artist in the classroom residency, Vancouver

2012    Recipient of Leon Tuey Scholarship in Art Education, UBC, Vancouver

2009    Recipient of Honorary “Mention Bien”, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, London, and Ottawa.

2006    Honorary Appreciation Grant, Winterruption Festival, Vancouver

2003    Student Scholar, Sheridan College, Oakville