Raha Fard

About the Artist

Raha Fard is an Iranian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. She has a BFA from OCAD University and a bachelor's and Master’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering. Investigating her identity as a member of the Iranian diaspora, Raha's art is rooted in Islamic classic Persian architecture, Persian poetry, and mystical Sufism beliefs. Her work also engages with critical perspectives related to social, and political issues in the world.
She has participated in group exhibitions in Iran, Canada, and Italy, got an “Online International Learning Residency” (a collaboration between OCAD U and Mapua University in the Philippines), and is presenting her work at the 150th Anniversary of the Ontario Society of Artists, and OCAD U Chancellor Exhibition in June. She also, won the OCAD U president Award, Patricia Joy Alpert Memorial Award, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and will continue her study for MFA at OCAD University in the upcoming school year.

Mediums: Painting & Drawing

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Artist Statement

"We are connected; we are connected to each other through identity, through the land. I feel when you are suffering in the farthest part of the world, I feel the pain in your body, and I feel sorrow in your heart. No matter what we are doing, and in what position we are, we go into our solitude, our anxiety and our sorrow, with the news about people who are in unbearable circumstances in other parts of the world.
My artwork is the reflection of my lived experience witnessing human right's issues in the Middle East as a member of Iranian diaspora. I work in figurative and abstract, both, and use different mediums (oil and acrylic) to convey my meanings."