Bio

Farnaz Dadfar is an Iranian-born Australian artist, based in Melbourne. She has exhibited widely in Iran and Australia since 2004. In 2006 she was selected as one of the top 30 Iranian Contemporary Artists for the exhibition New Generation presented at Homa Gallery Tehran. In 2017, Dadfar was selected as a finalist for the churchie National Emerging Art Prize Australia, as well as being a recipient of the Galloway Lawson prize from The University of Melbourne, and awarded by ACCA -Australian Centre for Contemporary Art- for Proud17 exhibition at Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Dadfar graduated from a Bachelor of Painting at The University of Science and Culture, Tehran, and then completed a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts, and a Master of Contemporary Art at The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. She is currently a research candidate in the Master of Fine Arts (visual art) at the VCA.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Tehran Iran
Lives and works in Melbourne Australia
 

Education

Current Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art), Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2017 Master of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2015 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, 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

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

2017 Art Masters Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

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

2017 Saturation Point, VCA Art Space, 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 Art Space, 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, Student Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2015 GCVA Group Show, Student Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, 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 University Student Exhibition, Bahman Cultural Centre, Tehran

 

Residency, Commissions and Awards

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

2017 Galloway Lawson Prize, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2017 shortlisted candidate for the Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Research Award, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

2017 Proud17, awarded by ACCA - Australian Centre for Contemporary ArtMargaret Lawrence Gallery, 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

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

 

Publications

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 Experiences 

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
 
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.