Hadieh Shafie was born in Tehran, Iran and currently based in the United States, the artist constructs intricate designs with low-relief paper sculpture. Both process-oriented and impossibly refined, Shafie’s skillful works are often monumental in scale, overwhelming the viewer with a visual feast of color. The artist maintains studios in Brooklyn, NY and Baltimore, MD.

Photo: Ali Macadoodle

Photo: Ali Macadoodle

Shafie holds an MFA in imaging and digital art from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Shafie has been the recipient of grants from the Kress Foundation, RTKL and MSAC Individual Artist Grant (2010 and 2008) and the Mary Sawyers Baker awards from the William G. Baker Jr. Memorial Fund (2009) and Franz and Virginia Bader Fund (2011) and shortlisted for the Jameel Prize (2011). Most recently, Shafie was the recipient of the 2012 Space Program by The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation. 

Shafie's work has been included in a number of exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including: The Jameel Prize traveling exhibition presented at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris; Casa Arabe, Madrid; Cantor Arts Centre, Stanford University; and the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas.

Shafie's work is in the following public collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Victoria and Albert Museum; Bank of America, Corporation Collection, North Carolina; Art in Embassies, Public Collection Dubai, UAE; the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE; Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Nebraska; The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Winter Park, FL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY.

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