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Hadieh Afshani

Hadieh Afshani, a Finalist of the "Show Your World" International Art Competition.

Hadieh Afshani is an Iranian-born artsit who immigrated to Australia. Recently, she has moved to the USA. After living in California and Arizona, Hadieh Afshani is settling now in New York City.

Afshani's art is perceived as 'female' by viewers. She paints empty spaces, interiors, doorways but there are many untold stories, real and imaginary, behind those interiors. Her works adopt a metaphorical and poetic approach to the process of immigration, displacement, adaptation to an unknown place, and the consequent transformation of identity from the perspective of an eastern woman.

The human psychology that keeps us hopeful in these situations, which produce such sense of depression and loss, as in period of war, the death of beloved and immigration are universal and interests Hadieh particularly. They can be seen as representing a state of claustrophobia in as much as they speak to the closed hermetic spaces of the displaced person/migrant. Hadieh tries to show how space becomes place and how for the immigrant every new space is haunted by a prior place.

She earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts (painting/drawing) in her home town; Tehran before her immigration to Australia, following this up with a Master of Arts from Griffith University – Queensland College of Art (QCA), where she lectures and tutors in Fine Arts and is currently focusing on a research degree.

Hadieh’s works are figurative. Their motifs are taken from life such as a figure indoors, domestic interiors, landscapes (trees). She uses oil paint and applies layers of scumbling and glazing in the same way as Baroque painters tradition.
Hadieh is a national and international award winner and has been a finalist in numerous Australian and international art awards and competitions.
In 2014 she achieved a respected national Award in Sydney called St George Art Awards 2014 at Hurstville City Museum& Gallery.

She has been a finalist in numerous other respecter art awards in Australia such as:

  • A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize 2014 and 2012, Gallery of Glen Eira City Council| Melbourne
  • Queensland Regional Art Awards 2014
  • Redland Art Awards 2014 and 2010, Redland Art Gallery 
  • Kenilworth painting prize 2014, Kenilworth Arts Council 
  • Queensland Figurative painting prize 2014, RQAS- Petrie Terrace Gallery 
  • Lethbridge 10000 Small- Scale Art Award, 2012-2011-2010
  • Highly Commended in the Harold and Agnes Richardson Memorial Drawing Prize 2012

As well as solo and group shows such as:

  • In 2011 she had her first solo exhibition named “Absence and Presence” at Project Gallery of QCA South Bank in Brisbane.
  • In May 2014 she had her second solo exhibition in South Bank, Brisbane city called “Hope Tree”.
  • Group shows such as “Shadow of a Mouse- Behind, beside and beyond the animated image”, Griffith Film School- Petrie Terrace Gallery, October 2013
  • And “Full Circle- The Julian Ashton Influence” 2012 and 2013, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane.

She also have been a finalist in some respected International Art Awards and Exhibitions such as:

  • Finalist of the 9th Arte Laguna 2014 at Venice, Italy and a Finalist in Young International Contest of Contemporary Art 2014 at Florence, Italy.
  • In 2015 she was awarded in Chelsea International Art Competition 2015  in New York City. 
  • In 2015 she received an Honorable Mention in “Drawing” competition of
  • Finalist of the international art competition and juried exhibition "Show Your World", New York, USA.


The most recent solo show: "The Self-Space Universe", Redland Art Gallery, Capalaba, Australia.



"Float Of Hope In Transit"






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