Zahra (Mandana) Fard is an Iranian painter and printmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves the beauty of arts, and she cares about the social issues going on in the world. She leverages her art to make viewers enjoy the beauty and at the same time think about key issues that surround and shape our lives and our next generation. Zahra is passionate about her Iranian heritage and also appreciates the freedom of expression in the western world.
Zahra's paintings are usually multi-layered acrylic, in a pointillism style with lots and lots of dots and details. Zahra has studied art history and also has spent a lot of time viewing and reviewing art from Iran, Turkey, Europe, and the US. She has also spent a lot of time at museums in different countries looking at and photographing not only art but also the objects, especially ancient objects. The influence of studying the art pieces, the objects, and their history can be seen in her paintings.
In printmaking Zahra leverages different techniques such as linocut, etching, screen print, and digital print. She mixes subjects from her paintings and photography into her prints, and in any given print a keen observer may find traces of different print types/techniques, as well as hand paint, on the same medium. The prints are usually made in editions for 4, except for collaborative projects which are done in editions of 16-20. Some of her prints are unique editions – editions of 1.
She also hand prints some of her photography using the 19th century cyanotype process with modifications that she has developed over time to refine the process. She uses different natural chemicals to add a unique toning, not typically seen in blueprints, to her prints.
Inspired By: Gustav Klimt, Vincent Van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani, George Seurat