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saba Farhoudnia

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Saba Farhoudnia is a contemporary visual artist based in New York City. She recently earned her second MFA at LeRoy E. Huffbeger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, where she graduated from the University of Science and Culture (USC) with a BFA in painting and an MA in art research, and she migrated to the United States in 2013. Her early artistic activities included calligraphy, animation, drawing, playing Persian traditional instruments, and painting, which became her focus. Her paintings explore the deeply personal subject matter. Suffering a chronic back problem led her to wish for all humans and animals to have a greater understanding of their own condition, her paintings are particularly related to a balance between her brushstrokes, geometric forms, gestural marks which suggest figuration and sometimes are fragmented into abstract compositions. She is interested in creating unknown spaces with narratives that represent pain, dark comedy or even grotesque. In her process, she explores the possibilities of merging the language of drawing and painting. Her compositions occur in pursuit of complex visual situations, simple, as well as the experimental.