Atefeh Baradaran

Atefeh Baradaran is an Iranian-born Canadian visual artist whose practice employs elements of drawing, painting and sculpture. Her abstract work often presents methodically produced designs that are playfully combined with unexpected elements of disruption. She draws her inspirations from the compositions present in her natural and architectural surrounding. In her recent paintings, she shows a growing interest in exploring the interplay between the painted image and the underlying structure where each hold as much emphasis and presence in the finished work.

Atefeh has lived most of her adult life in Vancouver, BC and has recently relocated to Saint John, NB with her husband and young child (2021). She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2016). While in Vancouver, she maintained a steady studio practice while working as a scenic painter for various film productions for several years.

She has shown her work in various exhibitions across BC, such as a group exhibition at James Black Gallery in Vancouver (2015), a two-person exhibition at Deer Lake Gallery in Burnaby (2016) and a solo exhibition at The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective in Victoria (2021). She recently had her first exhibition in New Brunswick at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton (2024). Her work was published in Create! magazine (2019). She was shortlisted for the IDEA Art Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize in 2019. She was the recipient of the Salt Spring Painters Guild Award at the 2019 Salt Spring National Art Prize. Since residing in New Brunswick, she has had the support of the New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) in form of Creation Grants awarded in 2022 and 2023.