Bio

Farnaz Dadfar is an Iranian-born Australian artist, based in Melbourne. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Iran, Australia and Indonesia since 2004. Dadfar has recently exhibited at the churchie 2017_National Emerging Art Prize Australia, Kings ARI, Flinders Lane Galley, Seventh Gallery, Blindside, Incinerator Gallery, Islamic Museum of Australia, and Sarang Buliding Yogyakarta. She was also selected as one of the finalists for Linden Art Prize 2019, and Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship; and she has been the recipient of a number of awards including The Victorian College of the Arts Galloway Lawson prize (2017), The David Richards Drawing Award (2019), and VCA Access mentorship (2019).Dadfar graduated from a Bachelor of Painting at The University of Science and Culture, Tehran, and then completed a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts, a Master of Contemporary Art, and a Master of Fine Arts (visual art) by research at Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne. 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Tehran Iran
Lives and works in Melbourne Australia
 

EDUCATION

2019 Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art), Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 Master of Contemporary Art, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2015 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2008 Bachelor of Painting, The University of Science and Culture, Tehran

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Cancelled, the Atrium, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Infinity through Temporality, Kings Artist_Run, Melbourne

2017 Uranium Cake for Peace, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

2015 Rebirth, Combined Art Performance based on Forough Farrokhzad poems with Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam and Shirin Majd, Deakin Edge Federation Square, Melbourne

2009 Symmetry Collection, Saba Cultural Artistic Institute, Tehran

2005 Women, Melal Art Museum, Tehran

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Debut XVI, curated by Lucie McIntosh and Jake Treacy, Blindside, Melbourne

2019 VCA ART Grad-Show, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2019 Drawing the Line, curated by Dr. Kate Just, Creative Spaces, Assembly Point, Melbourne

2019 finalist, Australian Muslim Artists, Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne

2019 Praxis 5, SaRanG Building 1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 finalist, Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship, curated by Dr David Sequira, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The University of Melbourne

2019 finalist, Linden Art Prize, curated by Juliette Hanson, Linden New Art, Melbourne

2018 BigCi - Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, NSW

2018 Utopian Tongues, curated by Jake Treacy, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Exploration18, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2018 Made in Australia, curated by Emanuel Rodriguez-Chaves, VCA ArtSpace, The University of Melbourne

2017 Art Masters Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 finalist, the churchie National Emerging Art Prize, curated by Kevin Wilson, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane

2017 Saturation Point, VCA ArtSpace, The University of Melbourne

2017 Proud17, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2017 Feminist Colour-IN, curated by Dr. Kim Donaldson, Experimental Art Space, George Paton Gallery, The University of Melbourne

2017 The Transcience, VCA ArtSpace, The University of Melbourne

2016 GSA Art Prize 2016, Gryphon Gallery, Graduate Student Association, The University of Melbourne

2016 Proud16, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

2016 What Can We All Agree On, curated by Dr. Kate Just and Irene Hanenbergh, VCA ArtSpace, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2015 GCVA Group Show, VCA ArtSpace, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2015 Rebirth, Combined Art Performance based on Forough Farrokhzad poems with the choreography of Vanessa Mafé-Keane and Shirin Majd, BEMAC, Queensland Multicultural Center, Brisbane

2015 Belle Arti Prize, Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Small Works Prize Show, Fawn Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Small Works Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Maritime Exhibition, The Victorian Artist Society, Melbourne

2012 Brisbane Faces, Clayfield College, Brisbane

2011 Siev-x. and Some Were Saved, collaboration with Forough Yavari, The Studio of State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

2009 Visual Art Association of Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense, Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran

2007 Arts of Resistance, Saba Cultural Artistic Institute, Tehran

2006 finalist, New Generation, 30 Contemporary Iranian Artists, Homa Gallery, Tehran

2004 Art Students Exhibition, Bahman Cultural Centre, Tehran

 

COMMISIONS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2019 The David Richards Drawing Award, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2019 SaRanG Building 1, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 VCA Access mentorship, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2018 BigCi - Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives, NSW, Australia

2017 Galloway Lawson Prize, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 shortlisted candidate for the Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Research Award, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2017 Proud17, awarded by ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, The University of Melbourne

2016 shortlisted candidate across institutions throughout Australia Start Your Studio Art & Design Scholarship, courtesy of Windsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conte a Paris 

2010 Resistance Symmetry Collection, Palestine Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran

2009 War Symmetry Collection, Iranian Academy of Arts, Farhangestan-e-Honar, Tehran, Iran

 

PUBLICATIONS

2019 VCA ART Grad-Show, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

2019 Praxis 5, exhibition catalogue, SaRanG Building, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2019 Linden Art Prize 2019, exhibition catalogue, Linden New Art, Melbourne

2018 Utopian Tongues, Exhibition Catalogue by Jake Treacy, Seventh Gallery Melbourne

2017 Marking Time: 2017 Graduate Catalogue, School of Art, Faculty of the VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne

2017 30 years 30 artists, the churchie National Emerging Art Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane 

2015 Precinct 015, VCA School of Art Graduates 2015, School of Art, Faculty of the VCA & MCM, The University of Melbourne

2009 Memory Line, A Selection of Artworks of Contemporary Iranian Artists, Saghi publication, Tehran

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015 Volunteer for Andy Warhol - Ai Weiwei Exhibition in National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2012 Volunteer tour guide in Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

2009 Art and Craft Consultant in Damonfar Company (Faber-Castell, Pebeo & Canson products), Tehran

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019 Dalgarno, paul, VCA Art GradShow, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WBbvI1bibk

2019 Mistry, Anisha, From Tehran to Melbourne, Cultural Pulse, Sydney

https://www.culturalpulse.com.au/arts/from-tehran-to-melbourne-farnaz-dadfar-explores-identity-through-art/

2015 Samami, Reza, In Conversation with the Artist, Radio Neshat, Melbourne

https://soundcloud.com/radioneshat/uav11qdlwvu6

2013 Kheiri, Homayoun, Women’s Immigrant, Limitations and Achievements, Iranwire, Brisbane

https://vimeo.com/84299498

2006 Rohani, Omid, New Generation Exhibition, Homa Gallery, Etemad Newspaper, Tehran, p. 32.

2006 Sharifian, Vahid, A Glance at the New Generation, Tandis Magazine, Tehran, p. 10.

2005 Kefayati, Elahe, Nobody pays attention to young artist, Hamshahri Newspaper. Tehran, p. 6.