Born in Tehran, Iran, Afarin Rahmanifar has emerged as one of
the leading Persian painters working today. Her artistic
vision originates, she says, “at the intersecting
points of eastern and western culture.” She understands
her journey toward her present identity as an
American Iranian woman through these concepts:
“Separation”…from what one has been a part of.
“Belonging”…to that which is different. “Appearing,”
then “disappearing,” then “reappearing” again.
Rahmanifar strives to show the body as a vessel,
moving through this Journey, taking in new experiences
for the mind to process. The intellectual and emotional
parts of the self are changed through the act of
Separation; the changed self belongs both to the past
and to the present. In her work, Rahmanifar says,
she creates “ideal feminine figures or spaces,”
portraying the Feminine as desiring not just beauty,
poetry and seduction, but also desiring, as does the
artist herself, to tell her personal stories, which
have shaped her life as a woman. Rahmanifar’s paintings,
lyrical and mystical, intricate and exquisitely beautiful,
are informed, too, by the great mystical Sufi poet Rumi,
of Persian literature. Her work has been widely collected
and exhibited across the United States and internationally
at venues including Columbia University, University of
California at Berkeley, and Yale University. She has an
upcoming show at the Kala Art Institute Academy in Panaji, Goa, India in 2015.
Ms. Rahmanifar specializes in painting and mixed media as
well as Persian miniature. Her work has been exhibited and
privately collected nationally and internationally. She has
exhibited extensively across the United State, at Mattatuck
Museum CT, La poisson Rouge NYC, Sacred Heart University CT,
Juniata College PA, Oglethorpe University GA, Jacksonville
University FL, Columbia University NY, University of California
at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Carbondale, Stockton
College NJ, Framingham State College MA, Boston University MA,
Yale University CT, Gallery Ovissi CA, Barrette House gallery
NY, Chattahoochee Valley Museum of Art GA, Gopalan Gallery IN,
Fuller Museum MA, and Benton Museum CT.
Ms. Rahmanifar was formerly the Vice President of Connecticut
Women’s Artists. She co-curated exhibitions at AKUS Gallery
CT, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art GA, and Art Space CT.
Ms. Rahmanifar has been interviewed and featured on the cover
of “Eastern Art Report” magazine of London UK. Ms. Rahmanifar
was also featured in a documentary film directed by Carina
Tautu and produced by Mattatuck Museum. The film was screened
at Yale University, Mattatuck Museum, and La Poisson Rouge in NYC.
Afarin Rahmanifar has been the recipient of numerous awards
and grants including professional development grants. Today
Ms. Rahmanifar resides and works full time at Eastern
Connecticut State University.