Mahdieh Vali-Zadeh was born in Tehran/Iran and raised in Amol. Having grown up both next to the sea and in close proximity to a very sublime mountain range, her love of nature meditation grew tremendously. As another major influence, Persian mystic poetry captivated her since childhood when she started practicing calligraphy at the age of 10 intertwined with poetry. She also started learning painting at the same time although not as seriously as calligraphy. Having developed a love of poetry, culture, and literature, Mahdieh studied English Literature as her major. She moved to Tehran then for doing an MA, where she was exposed to most modern art works and artists of the country. It was at this time that she started developing a different approach, working on a postmodern style to integrate classical Persian calligraphy with abstract Western art, creating abstract expressionist calligraphic paintings, which she continues till the present day. Mahdieh is, now, pursuing her PhD on the matter of ‘the Sublime’ in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and has some art projects in hand. Although as a child, she started with local art instructors, after moving to Canada, she had the privilege of being instructed by some the most acclaimed and widely known contemporary Iranian-Canadian artists.

 

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Mahdieh Vali-Zadeh was born in Tehran/Iran and raised in Amol, a sylvan and mountainous area in the Northern part of the country. Having grown up both next to the sea and in close proximity to a very sublime mountain range, her love of nature meditation grew tremendously, the effect of which was a fascination for spiritual and contemplative experiences. As another major influence, Persian mystic poetry captivated her since childhood when she started practicing calligraphy at the age of 10 intertwined with poetry. She also started learning painting at the same time although not as seriously as calligraphy. She was only 17 when she achieved the Excellence Certification of the Iranian Calligraphers Association and became an official member of it.

Having developed a love of poetry, culture, and literature, Mahdieh studied English Literature as her major. After doing a BA in Isfahan, she moved to Tehran for doing an MA, where she was exposed to most modern art works and artists of the country. It was at this time that she started developing a different approach, working on a postmodern style to integrate classical Persian calligraphy with abstract Western art, creating abstract expressionist calligraphic paintings, which she continues till the present day.

In 2011, Mahdieh moved to Toronto where she finished a masters’ degree in Comparative Literature in 2016, comparing Rumi and Wordsworth on the matter of ‘the Sublime’. Studying the philosophy of the sublime and applying it to poetry had a tremendous effect on her artistic creations in which she became more inclined to a minimalist use of calligraphy and having empty spaces to communicate spirituality, ecstasy, and sublimity: that invisible something. Mahdieh is, now, pursuing her PhD on the matter of ‘the Sublime’ in Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and has some art projects in hand. She lives and works in Toronto both as an academic and a visual artist. She is a member of Iranian Canadian Visual Arts Association (ICVAA) and has held and participated in solo as well as group exhibitions in Iran, Canada, and the US. She has benefited the company of the most elevated artists and best art instructors of both classical Persian and modern art. As a child, she started with local instructors (calligraphy: Bahman Eynabadi, Mohammad Reza Khosravi, and Hamid Hosseinpour, and later on, painting: Fariborz Zarshenas). After immigration though, she had the privilege of being instructed by Gholamhossein Nami (Painting) and Yadollah Kaboli (Calligraphy), two of the most acclaimed and widely known contemporary Iranian-Canadian artists.