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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

Call for Artists is now open until March 7, 2024.

TOAF will take place July 12 – 14, 2024.

Parisa Heydari


Parisa Heydari is a visual artist, studying drawing and painting at OCAD university. Having been born and raised in Tehran, Iran, she incorporates her cultural history in her art practice. Her primary medium is oil on canvas, and she uses an innovative approach by adding sculptural elements like ceramics and thread to flat canvas. Her practice questions the norms and conventions of two-dimensional painting. She explores issues of identity, belonging, connection and historical narratives. Migration shatters your world and transforms your worldview; It creates the pain of being uprooted and not fully belonging, but also gives you a new vision and a new way of seeing the world. Being an immigrant, she has overcome many obstacles and her work reflects her dual identity. She is interested in exploring these in-between states and a play of presence and absence. Her work represents observations of an identity shifting between two geographical contexts.

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