Born in 1981, Sabzevar, Iran
Maliheh is an Iranian-Irish multi-media artist. As an Iranian born artist now living in the diaspora, inspirations in her artworks usually emerge out of a multi-national identity, mixed culture, immigration experiences and childhood memories from Iran. Maliheh has spent most of her life in her born country in which she was forced to navigate a web of restrictions as a woman. Hence, most of Maliheh's artworks are dominated by portraits of women filled by thought-provoking messages about love, feelings, loyalty, obligation and social issues. Maliheh uses acrylic gel transfer and collage as her main medium. The collage pieces decontextualize images by merging photos from her personal antiquated family photos alongside archival photos of historical illustrations. These works could be seen as romantic attempts to delicately touch and provoke finest human emotions and probably to outline the paradoxes and complexity of identity. In a very recent project, Maliheh has added another dimension to her 2D works to approach a new representation of an old photo via bringing out an out-of-plane dimension Maliheh's artistic and professional profile has been recognised internationally, being invited to holding art exhibitions, workshops, and speeches, contributing to art magazines worldwide such as Iran, Ireland, Germany, USA and UAE across different fine art disciplines. One of her artwork has been recently acquired by Durham University's Oriental Museum to be a part of their permanent collection. Maliheh Zafarnezhad lives in Milton Keynes, UK and is residence of Arts Central.