Mixed Media, Painting, Photography

Kahnamoui, NikNaz

About the artist
My creative journey formally began while studying architecture in Iran. Close to a decade later, after immigrating to Canada and establishing my life in Vancouver, I started exploring mixed media and acrylics. Over the past 9 years, inspired by poetry and prose, I have been creating deeply textured and layered paintings that aim to depict the ebbs and flows of life, the ongoing quest for meaning, and the longing for ‘safa’ or transcendence. My work is held in private collections in Canada, USA, the UK and Iran. My personal journeys through the cycles of loss, grief, and healing over the past few years have found their way into my paintings, with more subdued colours influencing my palette. Prominent among all my losses has been the realization that my home, the way in which I have conjured it in my memory over the past two decades and for which I have felt nostalgic, no longer exists. This collection of paintings depict my strong and deep roots in a home that is slowly fading, while I attempt to find the path forward. The series represents the uncertainty of a life in diaspora against rigid structures, of struggles of longing and grieving for lost places and times to which there is no return, of chasing shadows and a yearning to find new sites of belonging. I am also working on two other collections: Mystical Wonder and the Colours of Eshgh (love).
Map Code: D5
975 Vernon Dr.
Vancouver , BC
Studio #230