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Parvin Farzaneh received her Fine Arts degree from the University of Teheran. After residing in Switzerland and U.S.A. for a number of years, Parvin moved to Montreal where she received formal training in sculpture. Throughout her career as an artist, Parvin has held numerous exhibitions in the Middle East and North America. Drawing inspiration from nature, a number of her paintings depict the Canadian countryside, and she has a series based on her recollections of the landscape in the North of Iran. The repertory of her sculptures comprise of large-scale works in winterstone, as well as smaller sculptures in bronze, alabaster, and marble. For the most part, her sculptures reflect her exploration of the role of human beings in nature. In 2008, she held a solo exhibition at the Snapdragon Gallery, in Ottawa, and most recently, in 2009, she was invitied to participate in the International Biennale, in Florence, Italy.

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Parvin Farzaneh has been an artist for over 30 years now. Initially she produced works in oil and pastel. However, for the past twenty years, she has been working with different materials and creating sculptures in bronze, marble, alabaster, agate, and clay. She received formal training at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, in Montreal, and has developed her own style for large-scale outdoors sculptures using winterstone.

The themes and modeling of her sculptures often suggest the organic. They represent a concern with essential form and volume, the functionality of the material, a sense of the importance of human beings in nature and their unity with it, as well as the process by which movement and feeling can be breathed into the solid and inanimate. Rounded features and fluid lines emulate natural forms and elements. Poses suggest growth and allegorize elements such as trees from whose roots the figures extend.

Her increasing interest in creating outdoors sculptures stems from the fact that they are not only attractive for their scale, visibility, and accessibility, but that they can be vehicles for educating the public and awakening their sense of aesthetics. Moreover, the exposure to such artwork can induce the public to preserve nature as a source of inspiration for the maintenance of beauty and harmony.

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