Born in 1981, Sabzevar, Iran
I am Maliheh (Mali) Zafarnezhad, a practiced Irish-Iranian artist in Fine Art, Painting and Mixed Media with more than a decade dedicated experience, a resident of Arts Gateway MK (Art Central), and hold M.A. academic degree in History of Art and Architecture.
Having worked and lived in different countries (Ireland, Germany, Iran, UK), I have been exposed to diverse art, cultural and professional communities during my academic career, school teaching, art exhibiting, and as gallery assistant, curator, filmmaker, editor and graphic designer, such as in the Dublin National College of Art & Design, University of Limerick, The Occupy Spacy Gallery in Ireland, Art Central MK and at the Science Digits Ltd. in MK (please see my CV for further information).
My mixed media artworks are a consecutive pursuit of representing what I feel as an artist in multi-cultural diaspora inspired by my identity, culture, personal life, childhood memories and gender oriented experiences. Old photographs are the fundamental essence of my featured artwork in their background, overlaid by painted symbols and motifs from Iranian and Islamic art of the 16th to 19th centuries, an attempt for challenging viewers to face unknown, far bygones of unfamiliar motifs, patterns and symbols in exploration of slight but priceless familiarities beyond the present. I would tend to exercise audience visions with depicting an exotic world bridged across a retrospective heritage and the present conventions.