Kimia Pishdadian is an Iranian artist originally from Isfahan, Iran, and now living in Paris. She started to paint watercolour from ten years old, leading her first solo exhibition at the age of only fifteen. Thereafter, she chose to take art seriously, which she now pursues full time.
Referencing her Culture
Kimia Pishdadian is heavily influenced by the Persian and Oriental art of her home country. She visualises the world with an abundance of colour, which is omnipresent in her work. Pishdadian endeavours to communicate to the world the beauty of culturally inspired art to promote acceptance and tolerance to encourage a more harmonious world.
Gathering her resources
Pishdadian firstly conducts research about her subject matter, utilising a variety of sources including photography books, digital images and her travels. She then selects certain elements from each source which informs the basis of her work. She prefers to use different mediums including: acrylic, mixed media and watercolour to indicate a new series. This allows her to experiment and evolve her artistry.
An Emerging and International Iranian Artist
Kimia Pishdadian has gained recognition through her participation in exhibitions such as: The Watercolor Group Exhibition, Tehran; Belgrade, Serbia and The Royal Watercolor Society’s contemporary watercolour competition 2016, London.
In progress: Master of Visual Arts, University of Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne, Paris, France.
January 2011 –June 2016
B.A of Visual Arts/Painting , The University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. Average – 17.82/20.
High school Diploma in Physics and Mathematics , Farzanegan High School, National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talent (NODET), Tehran. Iran
Honors and Awards
-January 2017 Selected for 6th Damonfar painting Festival (iranfestival.com), Tehran, Iran.
-September 2016 winner of Talafonoun jewelry institute competition 2016, Tehran, Iran.
-March 2016 selected for The Royal Watercolor Society’s contemporary watercolour competition 2016, London
-May 2016 Top 20 in 4th international watercolour biennial of gallery “A” Belgrade, Serbia.
353 watercolors by 207 artists from 50 countries.
-January 2016 selected for Versus Visual Arts (sculpture) - second Exhibition June 2014 Accepted in Versus Visual Arts (painting)- First Exhibition
-July 2010 Ranked 88th in the Iranian Nationwide Art University Entrance Exam,
known as KONKOOR among more than 60,000 participants
-2006 Winner of Jury Prize in "Half of The World from The Eyes of Children of The World"
a World Competition in Isfahan.
publication and conferences
February 2020 Agape Art event: Spotlight with Kimia Pishdadian and Claire Rousseau. Genesis Center, Paris, France.
2013-Present Honorary Member of Sabzkarane Balan NGO, Gilan, Iran. An NGO which Focus on Environmental Protection and Women Issues Activities. Selected Activities:
Publishing Calendar of my paintings (Informative about Natural Environment) 2013
Publishing Calendar of my paintings (Cultural Calender about Women) (2012)
-June 2016 Solo Exhibition, Art Gallery, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
-October 2007 Watercolor Solo Exhibition. Behzad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
-November-December 2019 Group Exhibition “Home is…”, Le Pavé d’Orsay, Paris, France.
=May 2019 Group Exhibition and concert “toi & moi”, 48 rue de Lille, Paris, France.
-January 2017 6th painting Damonfar festival, Mellat Cinema Complex, Tehran, Iran.
-May 2016 4th international watercolor biennial of gallery “A” Belgrade, Serbia
-June 2016 London saint Stephen’s festival of arts and faith, Gloucester road, London
-March 2016 The Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Competition,
Bankside Gallery, London
-May 2016 Watercolor Group Exhibition, Naghshe Jahan gallery, Tehran, Iran
-January 2016 Versus Visual Arts - Second Exhibition. Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
-June 2014 Versus Visual Arts - First Exhibition. Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran, Iran
-May 2014 Painting Week of Tehran. Iranian Academy of the Arts, Tehran, Iran
-2013 PaintingExpoofTehranUniversity.ArtGallery,UniversityofTehran, Tehran, Iran
-April 2013 Pardis Painting Exhibition. Cube gallery, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia 2012 Watercolor group Exhibition. Artin Gallery, Mashhad, Iran
-2011 Feeroozeh Golmohamady and her Students Painting Exhibition. Khanehenaghsh, Isfahan, Iran.
-2011-2009- 2008-2006 Watercolor Group Exhibition. Behzad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
-2004 Watercolor Group Exhibition. Shooka Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.