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Shohreh Abdolrahimi



Dr. Shohreh Abdolrahimi was born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran, during the Iran-Iraq war. Shohreh is a self-taught artist with a passion for art throughout her entire life. 

Growing up in Iran and experiencing a lack of opportunities, and barriers to self-expression, especially as a female, Shohreh initially chose an academic path.

In 2006, she moved to Canada in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 2010. She subsequently lived for 2 years in Germany and 3 more years in Canada for her postdoctoral study. Since 2017, Shohreh lives in Southern California with her Greek husband and her 5-year old son. She is also a cancer survivor and a person with a disability.

All these life experiences and travels had paved the way and formed a unique soul that could not be contained any further. During the Covid-19 pandemic and stay-at-home reflection time, Shohreh eventually dragged her paintings out of the closet and chose to share her story and perspective in life with the world.

Shohreh's paintings start from a dream image formed in the state of hypnagogic or hypnopompic at a subconscious level. However, her creative process is completely unplanned and when she sits in front of the canvas, she reads the life of the canvas and the painting always takes a life of its own and develops as she pours her heart into the painting and immerses into it more like a ritual. The resulting painting usually carries the same emotion experienced at the dream image, though it is a different image moving along the border between abstract and expressionism. In her artwork, Shohreh uses various elements such as fiber, gold treads, gold leaves, and textile to create layers of complex emotions. 

Shohreh’s art explores the transformations each individual experiences through their life and the connection each of us has to nature and the past.  She views herself as a sculpture, where life experiences and her connection to nature gradually transformed her shape into who she is today. She is also in awe of the complexity and beauty of our universe enhanced by her Physics education.

Shohreh wishes to recreate this beauty and to bring the healing energy of the universe, its passion, and love, with the perception of the interconnectedness of all things into our personal lives through her artwork. 

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