Biography

Shahrzad Amin is an Iranian-Canadian award-winning interdisciplinary artist with more than twelve years of diverse experiences as a sculptor, multimedia and installation artist, model designer, stop-motion artist, and potter. She creates socially engaging art pieces that invoke thoughts and encourage conversations about socio-cultural issues that surround us. Shahrzad makes original pieces that truly move people to feel intense emotions. Her interest in fundamental social issues such as democracy, human rights, equality, and migration has informed an art practice examining diasporic and socio-cultural subjectivities through the lenses of art practice, sensory ethnographic filmmaking, architectural design, gender, and language. Her works highlight a social openness and necessity for global international connectivity, by applying the historical eastern architectural figures such as arch bridges as a metaphor for overcoming cultural distances. She obtained a BFA from Tehran University of Art in 2010 and an MFA from OCADU in 2020.

Education

 

2020: Faculty of Fine Arts, OCAD University, Canada

Master of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary in Media, Art, and Design

2016: Concept Sculpting in ZBrush - Syn Studio Art School, Canada

2012: Faculty of Fine Arts - Concordia University, Canada

Independent student, Sculpture

2010: Faculty of Fine Arts -Tehran Art University, Iran                                              

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020: Ignite Gallery, Toronto, ON (Virtual exhibition)

2020: Cameron Art Museum, Illumination 2020, Wilmington, NC

2020: Ignite Gallery, LOREM IPSUM - PART TWO (Virtual Exhibition) Toronto, ON

2020: Grad Ex 105, OCAD University, Toronto, ON (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

2020: IAMD Graduate Show, TMAC, Toronto, ON (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

2019: Florence Contemporary Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2019: Graduate Gallery, Hidden Order, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2019: The Open Gallery, Living with Things, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2018: Graduate Gallery, CO-, OCAD University, Toronto, ON 

2018: 57th edition of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON

2018: 145 Ontario Society of Artists Annual Open Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

2018: WONDROUS WAYS, Arta Gallery, Toronto, ON

2018: VAM’s 40th Annual Juried Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON

2017: 8th Annual Juried Show FigureWorks 2017, St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, Ottawa, ON

2016: San Diego Comic-con, San Diego Convention Center, Mattel/Mega Bloks, San Diego, CA

2015: New York Comic-con, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Mattel/Mega Bloks, New York, NY

2013: Tell Me This Isn’t Real, VAV Gallery, Montreal, QC

2013: Mapping Cultural Belonging, Vitrine Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

2012: Sculpture exhibition, Grover Building Gallery, Montreal, QC

2012: The 3rd Biannual Exhibition of Urban Sculpture, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011: The Exhibition of Small Sculptures, Farvahar Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010: The 2nd Biannual Exhibition of Urban Sculpture, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010: Group Sculpture Exhibition, Shiveh Gallery, Shiraz, Iran

2009: The Seed of Baobab, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008: The 1st Biannual Exhibition of Urban Sculpture, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

Solo & Duo Exhibitions

 

2020: Bridge Obscura (Thesis exhibition), Graduate Gallery OCADU, Toronto, ON (Cancelled due to COVID-19

2018: Parallel World, Gozaar Art Gallery, Esfahan, Iran

2017: Solo sculpture exhibition, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville, ON

 

Awards & Grants

 

2020: Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council (OAC), ON

2020: Artscape Launchpad Bursary Program, Toronto, ON

2018: Juror's picks award, 57th edition of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON                       2018: Above Grand Award, 145 Ontario Society of Artists Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Toronto, ON

2017: Honorable Mention Award, 8th Annual Juried Show FigureWorks, Ottawa, ON

Public Artworks

 

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

2017: The Lonely Side of Humans (Temporary Public Sculpture)

Tehran Municipality (Beautification Department), Tehran, Iran

2012: Zebras (Urban Sculpture), Installed at Police Park

2010: Kid, Ball, Play (Urban Sculpture), Installed at Shahr Park

Publications

 

2020: “Bridge Obscura: Connecting Cultures through Sculpture Installation” IAMD Thesis, Toronto, ON

2020:  Beyond Curiosity, “Interview with Artist Vanessa Dion Fletcher,” by Shahrzad Amin, Toronto, ON

 

Press

 

2018: Designlines, “6 Must-see Artists at the 2018 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair,” by Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, ON

2018: Now Magazine, “20 artists to check out at the Toronto Outdoor Art fair 2018,” by Fran Schechter, Toronto, ON

 

Residencies

2021: Doris McCarthy Residency, Artist in Residence, Toronto, ON, October 2021

2019: Florence Contemporary Residency, Artist in Residence, Florence, Italy, May 2019

 
 
 
 
 
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