“There are some unconscious recollections that we don’t remember, yet I dream about them. In my art practice, liminal zones and dualities that I have been witnessing inspire me. I investigate these by periodically searching for spaces my body has occupied whether they are intimate or historic places. I have been constantly moving: from Iran, where I was born, to Australia when I was maturing, to the USA; from state to state, West to East, evolving as a nomad woman. To depict the feeling of uncertainty in those becoming places, I use layers of transparent paint or dry mediums to create wavy forms and figures at different spaces, unfolding nostalgia, and fantasies about the past and people, life and death, love and hope.”


Hadieh has been exhibiting in different galleries, museums and art fairs internationally. Her last solo art show “Moving- Living- Being Sequence” took place at Chelsea, New York at Crossing Art Gallery in 2020.  Her painting “Motion of Light” took top honors in the 2014 St. George Art Awards in Sydney, Australia. A solo exhibition, “Self-Space Universe,” took place in 2016 at Redland Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia. Her work explores themes of womanhood and connection to places.

Born and raised in Iran, Hadieh Afshani studied Visual Art at the undergraduate level in Tehran, and then immigrated to Australia, where she lived for nearly a decade before moving to New York City. She received an MFA from Queensland College of Arts – Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

Along with being an artist, Hadieh curates art shows for RE: ARTISTE International Art Organization in New York City and work as academic Specialist in graphic art at Union County College in New Jersey.



2013-2016 Master of Visual Art with Research Queensland College of Art– Griffith University, Brisbane
2008-2012 Master of Arts with Honors in Visual Arts (in Fine Arts)
Queensland College of Art- Griffith University, Brisbane
2000-2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting
Alzahra University, Tehran



2018 Winner of National Arts Program Competition, Union County, New Jersey
2015 Awarded in Chelsea International, Art Competition, Agora Gallery, New York
2014 Winner of St George Art Awards, Hurstville City Library Museum; Gallery, NSW
2013 Winner of the first and the second prizes of Insight Nude Award of Aspects Art
Prize, QLD



2021                                         Moving- Living- Being SEQUENCE, Art Fair 14C, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey

2020                                        Moving- Living- Being SEQUENCE, Crossing Art Gallery, Chelsea, New York

2018 Land Connection
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
2016 Self-Space Universe
Redland Regional Art Gallery, Redland, Queensland, Australia
2014 Hope Tree
Project Gallery of QCA South Bank, Brisbane, Australia
2011 Absence and Presence
Project Gallery of QCA South Bank, Brisbane, Australia


2016-17 Daughters of Troy Project Theatre and visual art collaborative project, Dixon Place Theatre, New York City
2016 The First Supper Installation Art Project Re:artiste International Art Organization, MC Gallery, New York City<
2013 Reflection Art Project Multicultural Development Association (MDA), Brisbane, Australia


2017-18 Transformation International Art Exhibition
Reartiste International Art Organization, Gallery MC, NYC


2018 Inner Fragments, Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington, Maine
2018 Inner Fragments, Norwest Gallery
Detroit, Michigan
2018 SuperFine Art Fair
Manhattan, New York
2018 Female Power Art Exhibition, Rockwall Studios
Bushwick, New York
2017 Kooshk Residency Artists Exhibition
Tehran, Iran
2017 Daughters of Troy Exhibition
Governors Island, New York
2016 The First Supper Art Exhibition
MC Gallery, New York
2016 Finalist of the “Show Your World” International Art Competition
New York
2015 Finalist “The Moist”, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
2015 Finalist of the 9th Arte Laguna, Venice
2014 Finalist Young International Contest of Contemporary Art
2012- 2014 Finalist in A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize, Gallery of Glen Eira City Council,
2014 Finalist Queensland Regional Art Awards, Queensland Regional Galleries
2010-2014 Finalist Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery
2014 Finalist Kenilworth painting prize
, Kenilworth Arts Council
2014 Finalist Queensland Figurative painting prize, Petrie Terrace Gallery
2013 Shadow of a Mouse, Griffith Film School
Petrie Terrace Gallery
2012-2013 Full Circle, Royal Queensland Art Society
2010-2011-2012 Finalist Lethbridge 10000 Small- Scale Art Award
2006 Finalist International Islamic Biennial, Honor Art Centre


Winter 2021                                                                                            Selected artists, All She Makes Magazine, New York

Sep 2018 Contemporary Iranian art on exhibit at UMF Emery Community Arts Center,   Daily Bulldog-Franklin County’s First news, Maine
Apr 2018 Selected Artist: Hadieh Afshani , ZARD magazine, Pages 92-95, Tehran Iran
Feb 2017 Hadieh Afshani, uncommontendency.com, Franki Mancinelli  
Jan 2017 Artists at Work at the Feminist Art Conference, McClung’s (A feminist magazine based out of Ryerson University), Karen Sandoval-Santana
Nov 2016 DAUGHTERS OF TROY Set for One-Night-Only Performance at Dixon Place , broadwayworld.com, NY
June 2016 Artist Talk: “What is Feminist Art?” , Tribeca Tribe, Lower Manhattan, NY
Apr 2016 Peace, coexistence, and women empowerment , Yedioth Tel Aviv, Page 42, Israel
May 2016 The Identity of Space and Place , Australian Artists Magazine, Pages 14-19, Australia
Feb 2016 Art Celebrates Women , Redland Bulletin, Queensland, Australia
March 2016 Collaborate for #ICareFor, Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery, www.lightspacetime.com
Feb 2015 The Plays of Lights, Australian Artists Magazine, Pages 14-18, Australia
Jun 2015 OCCCA Gets ‘Moist’, OC WEEKLEY, Dave Barton, California, U.S.A
Feb 2015 Hadieh Afshani , Art Katalyst Magazine, Toronto, Canada
Jan 2015 Filed: Artist on Immigration , soundcloud.com/hamrahradio
Oct 2014 Fine Art Masters student wins St George Art Award 2014 , Casey Stewart, Griffith University Webpage
Nov 2014 Hadieh Afshani transformed the Motion of Light won St George Art award , Leader Newspaper, By Maria Galinovic, NSW, Australia
Nov 2014 Friday for Life-Hadieh Afshani , Iranwire.com
May 2014 Hadieh’s Journey put on Canvas , Southern Stars News Paper, QLD, Australia
May 2014 Light and shadows in Iran and Australia: artist Hadieh Afshani, whereareyoufromau.wordpress.com
Jan 2014 Life Drawing 2 Review , kevlee88.wordpress.com



Crossing Art Gallery, Chelsea, New York

Sydney Library Museum Gallery, Hurstville City Council, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Petrie Terrace Art Gallery, Royal Queensland Art Society, Brisbane, QLD, Australia


2017 Iran-Mexico exchange program, Kooshk residency, and Aquatopia Art Foundation



2016- 2017 Show Your World International Art Competition, Reartiste International Art Organization, Gallery MC
2018 Environmental and Food Chain Art Competition, Show Your World International Art Competition, Reartiste International Art Organization, Gallery MC, NYC

Hadieh Afshani


2018-Now Advanced Graphic design, 2D design, History of Architecture, Appreciation of Art, Introduction to Drawing and Introduction to Painting, Union County College, NJ
2009-2015 Fine Art/studio art courses, Queensland College of Art- Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD Australia
2009-2015 Graphic Design/studio art courses, Queensland College of Art- Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD Australia
2014-2015 Life Drawing for Animation , Queensland Film School-Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD Australia
2015 Tonal Value in Life Drawing, Artists Society of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia
2014 Hands on watercolor, Queensland Art Gallery- QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia



2017 Conference paper presentation at Strangers in New Homelands Conference 2017, Double Displacement- The experience of Middle Eastern Immigrants, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2016-2017 Art Instructor, Symphony Space, New York City
2016 Drawing and Design Fundamentals, Gallery MC, New York, NY, U.S.A.
2015 Conference paper presentation, Contemporary Art and the means of Beauty in Middle Eastern Society comparing to what we see in the West, The Representational Art Conference 2015, Ventura, CA, U.S.A.