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Leila Refahi was born on 1985 in Tehran. Her father was a calligrapher and her mother was a carpet weaver. She was nurtured in an atmosphere full of art. She was introduced to traditional Iranian art and also world's modern and contemporary art from her fatherís library at home, and it was from then that she found her passion in painting. It was then that she was introduced with various artists such as Kamal al-Din Behzad and strong composition of his paintings, Van Gogh and his frenzy, Dali and Magritte and surreal atmosphere of his paintings, Rembrandt and the amazing lighting and a powerful space creation, Frida Kahlo and the magical realism. She was moved by all of them.
In 1999 Refahi started studying art at the Fine Art school and had carried on all the way to the university. She graduated with a Masters in Painting at the Art and Architecture University. The day to day social issues started to become more visible in her work. She finished Her dissertation with a title of "Social Realism in Iranís Modern Art" in 2010. In the same year, she joined an underground and pioneering artist collective called "Kaf" in Tehran. In 2010-2015 when the political situation made it difficult for such activities, they organized a variety of events such as weekly film club, artist talks, lectures, meetings, concerts and other special happenings. In addition in 2011 and after her studies she was invited to teach at the Art and Architecture University of Tehran. Throughout her careers apart from holding 4 solo exhibitions, she participated in more than 30 group exhibitions and festivals in Iran, France, Canada and USA.
Critical attitude to society is always obvious in her works. During her studies of society, Refahi showed attention to the environmental issues. The destruction process of the environment of Iran and the silence against it, caused her to react to that, and after her first exhibition in this context in 2012, in which she criticized the urban environment, she began to put this issue as the main subject behind her works. She also worked with "Tooma" and "Jan e Zamin" conservation art groups.
Sidelong environmental criticism, she has arrived social and political issues in layers of her works. She has chosen painting as her media and according to her subject, she uses a variety of materials and technics. For her, painting has converted a multilateral text where themes, as elements, are put together and should be decoded. She shares this experience with viewers with placing them in this position, and forces them to think.

Exhibition:
Solo Exhibitions:
2015 "life, suspended" Not Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2013 "View Less" Vali Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2012 "Afternoon Tea with Madame De Beauvoir" Vali Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2011 "Walking on Uphill" Vali Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Group Exhibitions:
2017
Tooma art group exhibition(the centrality of Iran's wildlife), Iranian Artist Forum , Bahar hall, Tehran
2016
"This House" Group exhibition, curated by Behnam Kamrani, Iranshahr Gallery, Tehran
"Small Artworks" painting exhibition, Viuna art gallery, Tehran
2015
Selected Artists of Pars online competition exhibition "Ass Art Gallery, Tehran
"Standing in nothingness" painting exhibition, Not Art Gallery, Tehran
Art show at Art lounge gallery, Tehran
"Boomrang" painting exhibition, Khial Art Gallery, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran
2014
"Haft Negah" Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
Painting Exhibition, Iranian Artist Forum Gallery, Tehran
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery , Tehran
2013
"Haft Negah" Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
Group painting exhibition, Seyhoon Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
"Eco.ho.sis" Curated by Behnam Kamrani, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran
"You are grown up now" painting exhibition, Hoor Art Gallery, Tehran
2012
"Haft Negah" Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
Painting Exhibition, Paul Richard Cultural Building, Lyon, France
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
2011
Painting Exhibition, Barg Art Gallery, Tehran
"Four Generation of Iranian Artist" Iranica Encyclopedia, New York
"Date with the Subject" Curated by Farhad Bahram, Sazmanab Center, Tehran
2010
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
2009
Painting Exhibition, Melal Art Gallery, Tehran
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
"Sixteen Contemporary Women Artist of Iran" Mekic Art Gallery, Montreal, Canada
2008
Drawing Exhibition, Atashzad Art Gallery, Tehran
Painting Exhibition, Aghili Art Gallery, Tehran
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
2007
Painting Exhibition, Jahan Nama Art Gallery, Tehran
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
Drawing Exhibition, Atashzad Art Gallery, Tehran
2006
Painting Exhibition, Mani Art Gallery, Tehran
2005
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
2004
Painting Exhibition, Segal Art Gallery, Tehran
"100 Artist 100 Artwork" Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran
festivals:
2016
5th green film festival of Iran, Saba Art and Cultural Institute, Tehran
2015
Pars online festival, Iran.
2011
Doctor Sondoozi Drawing Festival, Emam Ali Museum, Tehran, Iran
2008
Azad Art and Architecture University of Tehran Festival, Drawing and Painting, Tehran, Iran
4th Youth Festival, Drawing, Tehran, Iran

Awards
2015 Selected artist of Pars online festival, Iran

Workshops and Courses:
2016
Communion workshop of Painting and Writing , Workshop Lead by photocopy group, Tehran, Iran.
2014
A Watermelon Under Every Arm, A Curatorial take on "Critique" in Contemporary Art, Workshop Lead by Tirdad Zolghadr, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
Artist Book, Artist Publications, Workshop Lead by Shirana Shahbaziand Emanuel Krebs
2013
"Going to Desert" Workshop Lead by Johannes Paul Raether, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
"Sound and Space" Workshop Lead by Natacsha Sadr Haghighian, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
"International Art English" Workshop Lead by Tirdad Zolghadr, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
2012
"A slightly complicated introduction to a very simple phenomenon" Workshop Lead by Tirdad Zolghadr, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
2011
"The angry Middle Aged" Workshop Lead by Tirdad Zolghadr, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
"Noise of History" Workshop Lead by Natacsha Sadr Haghighian, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
"Sound and Image" Workshop Lead by Natacsha Sadr Haghighian, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
"Masks of Boundaries" Workshop Lead by Anselm Franke, Kaf , Tehran, Iran
2010
"Bazi Bedune Tup" Workshop Lead by Natacsha Sadr Haghighian and Shahab Fotouhi, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Professional Experience:
Lecturer at:
Azad Art and Architecture University, Roodehen ,Iran, 2016 (Lecture Topic: Analysis and Criticism of Works of Visual Arts, Printmaking Workshop, An Introduction to Contemporary Fields of Art)
Azad Art and Architecture University, Tehran, Iran, 2011 till 2016 (Lecture Topic: Fundamentals of Visual Arts, Painting Workshop, Drawing Workshop, General History of Painting, Painting Analysis and Criticism)
Azad Art university of Boomehen, Iran, 2014(Lecture Topic: Drawing Workshop)
Samaa Art University of Roodehen, Iran, 2013(Lecture Topic: Drawing Workshop)
A Member of Jury:
2015 The Graphic Book of the Year, Third Call, Baban publishers, Tehran, Iran
2016 The Graphic Book of the Year, fourth Call, Baban publishers, Tehran, Iran

Published works:
2017 The Book of Works Exhibition of Tooma Art Group ( the centrality of Iran's wildlife)
2017 "Honaragah" Contemporary Art Magazine, no 16, Tehran, Iran
2016 "Persian Secrets" Magazine, San Francisco, USA
2015 "Pars Online Festival Catalog" Tehran, Iran


 

Organization Membership:
  • 2017 - Association of Iranian painters
    Professional member
     

 

 
 
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