Artist Statement

Elham Ahmadi is a Persian-Australian artist based in Sydney. Her practice explores the nexus of eastern and western aesthetic traditions and the emotive aspects of cultural identity as a state of 'in-between-ness' and transformation. Working primarily in painting, Ahmadi uses an ethnographic lens to bring to light the ancient craft practices of the Bakhtiari tribe, a nomadic people of southwestern Iran. She combines motifs from Bakhtiari textiles and costume with modernist formalism focusing on color, line and the repetition of pattern. Ahmadi's paintings, mixed media and sculptural works are semi-autobiographical, merging personal stories with social concerns, and bringing together visual characteristics from Persian calligraphy, modernist painting, and Bakhtiari textiles.

Ahmadi’s work is also informed by the poetic traditions of her Persian cultural heritage; particularly how these poems can define a sense “place,” in much the same way that painting can bring together references to time, place, and cultural meaning through form, pattern, and metaphor.


Personal details
Elham Ahmadi
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2018    Master of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2016 Bachelor Fine Art, National Art School, Sydney, Australia 
2012 Certificate IV in Design, North Sydney TAFE, Australia
2011 Advance diploma of Fine Arts, Sepehr Univeristy, Isfahan, Iran
2010 Certificate of Vocational & Technical Skills, Painting, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Technical and Vocational Training Organisation, Isfahan, Iran.
2001 Private Art Institution Establishment License, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Arts Department. Art Activities Development and Training Office, Iran.
2001 Certificate of Vocational & Technical Skills, Miniature, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Technical and Vocational Training Organisation (TVTO), Isfahan, Iran.
Solo Exhibitions
2010  Solo Exhibition, The Last Word, Central Library Gallery, Isfahan, Iran
2006  Solo Exhibition, My Own World, Central Library, Isfahan, Iran
Group Exhibitions
2011  Group Exhibition, Manly North Steyne Surf Club
2009  Group Exhibition, Mahan, Central Library Gallery, Isfahan, Iran
2007  Group Exhibition, Fresh Air, Central Library Gallery, Isfahan, Iran
Work Experience
2016 – Current Art teacher (Volunteer) for St Catherine's Aged Care Service
2012 – Current Art Teacher, Madakto Art Centre, Parramatta
2011 – 2013 Art Teacher for Refugees in community detention, Department of Immigration
1994 – 2011 Managing Director and Teacher, Mahan Private Art Institute, Isfahan 
1994 – Current Founder of Mahan Art Centre (Persian Art centre)