Born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Strasburg, France
Golnaz Afraz explores a variety of themes in her work, each of which can be seen as poignant in terms of both individual and universal experience. She explores notions of life in the philosophical sense, and in the everyday, all through analysing man and his relationship with nature and his surroundings.
The artsit intends to create a story and to allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions. The starting point might be the memory of a scene from daily life or from a play or film she has seen. She paints this reality in multiple layers, depicting various fragments of time on the same plane and superimposing forms. She leaves sections of her paintings unfinished or in sketch form in order to give the work space to breathe.
Afraz creates unique compositions of immense vitality, in which ultimately, the graphic quality prevails. This is achieved through the juxtaposition of colourful, expressive painted areas, blank spaces and snapshot-style line-drawn figures which inetract in everyday scenarios and are arranged randomly across the canvas,
Golnaz Afraz holds a BA in Painting from the University of Azad in Tehran and two Master's degrees, an MA in Visual Arts from the University of Strasburg in France and an MA in Painting from the University of Tarbiat Modarres in Tehran. In 2015 she won the first prize at the Saatchi Art Showdown "Pained Word". Since 2005 her work has been exhibited in 11 solo and 35 group shows in Europe and Asia including Art Paris at the Grand Palais and London Art Fair. Other selected solo and group exhibitions took place at the following galleries and Art Fairs: Brûlée Gallery, Strasburg (2022, 2021, 2017, 2015, 2012); Autour de l'image Gallery, Strasburg (2021); Battersea Art fair, Gala Fine Art, London (2021); Saatchi Gallery, London (2014).