Visual Artist, Art Educator
Elham Ahmadi is an Persian- Australian artist and educator based in Sydney whose been working as an artist for over 20 years.
She is the founder and directed of Mahan Art Centre, a successful art centre where students of all ages and abilities came to study art.
She graduated with a fine arts degree from the Sepehr Art University, Iran, and has a Bachelor and Master of fine Arts from National Art School, Sydney, Australia. Elham also studied Design at the New South Wales Technical and Further Education Commission ( TAFE ) Australia.
Her body of work explores the nexus of eastern and western aesthetics traditions and the emotive aspects of cultural identity as a state of ‘ in- between- ness’ and transformation.
Working primarily in painting, Elham uses an ethnographic lens to bring to light the ancient craft practices of the Bakhtiari tribe, a nomadic people of southwestern Iran. She combines motifs from Bakhtiari textiles and costume with modernist formalism focusing on color , line and the repetition of pattern.
Elham has had many group exhibitions and large - scale commissions of her work and is a proud member of the Australian-Persian community. Elham’s main work was presented in the 2018 MFA Grand Show NAS exhibition, here her artworks were bought by the City of Sydney and was exhibited in Town House. Currently her piece ‘The Bakhtiari woman in contemporary form’ resides in the Lady Mayoress’ Room in Town House Sydney as of 2019.
Elham now resides in Sydney Australia where she is a dedicated teacher for all students of art.