Naghmeh Sharifi



A profound interest in the psychology of the body forms the basis of my work. Using a variety of mediums, I investigate the way the body contextualizes itself in, against, engulfed or invaded by the spaces it inhabits. In my paintings and drawings, this tension and play of the positive and negative space is subdued through the blurring of the borders separating the figure and background, highlighting at once the fragility and the agency of the body to act as critical cartography. Through a watering down and diluting of the mediums, I explore the diluted and uncertain place my figures hold, asking questions about how we are read and how we make space for ourselves in the world when stripped of all context?


Naghmeh Sharifi is an Iranian / Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal as of 2009. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and one in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. In 2018 Sharifi completed her MFA degree at Concordia University. Since 2008, her artwork has been exhibited in Tehran, Berlin, Lyon, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Toronto and Skopje (Macedonia) . In Montreal, she has presented her work at such sites as Montreal Council of the Arts (2015),  Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2017) as well as the MAI (2018). She was the recipient of the Impressions Residency at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2015) and Phi Centre’s Parallel Lines Virtual Residency (2020).