Maliheh Zafarnezhad
Milton Keynes, UK

I am Maliheh (Mali) Zafarnezhad, a practiced Irish-Iranian artist in Fine Art, Painting and Mixed Media with more than a decade dedicated experience, a resident of Arts Gateway MK (Art Central), and hold M.A. academic degree in History of Art and Architecture.

Having worked and lived in different countries (Ireland, Germany, Iran, UK), I have been exposed to diverse art, cultural and professional communities during my academic career, school teaching, art exhibiting, and as gallery assistant, curator, filmmaker, editor and graphic designer.

Maliheh will show 'I am Pregnant with Two Jackals,' 'My Body is a Battleground,' 'Bejat, Rostam, and White Demon,' and 'Hunter'.

I have spent most of my life in a country that I was forced to navigate a web of restrictions, imposed by law and custom as a woman. Every aspect of my existence – from how I must dress in public, to the subjects I can study at university and the jobs I was allowed to do in the workplace – was closely controlled. Hence, most of my artworks are dominated by portrait of women filled with thought-provoking messages about love, feelings, loyalty, obligation and social issues.