Hadieh Shafie is an Iranian artist currently based in the United States. Maintaining studios in Brooklyn, New York and Silver Spring, Maryland, Shafie’s work is generally comprised of numerous intricate low-relief paper sculptures that hide hand-written and printed Farsi text within their folds. At once delicate and refined, elaborate and monumental, Shafie’s skillful works are stunning in their physical and emotional depth, astonishing the viewer with their brilliant punches of color.
In 2013, Farmboy Fine Arts (FBFA) unveiled Shafie’s 30-inch-by-30-inch tondo 10750 Pages at the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan. The work was chosen for its thematic relevance to the overall art concept FBFA developed for the property, which was inspired by an ancient Azeri poetic form, the ghazal. The ghazal is a rhyming couplet and refrain that expresses the pain of loss, but love’s enduring beauty in the face of it.
Beyond the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers collection, Shafie’s work is also held at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Bank of America Corporation Collection, North Carolina; the Art in Embassies Public Collection, Dubai; and the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai.
Shafie’s work has also been included in a number of exhibitions in the USA 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, Texas.
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.
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“10750 Pages” photography by Gunnar Knechtel. All other Images courtesy of the artist and Leila Heller Gallery, New York; photography by Jason Fagan.