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Maryam takes 1st place in Best Self-Portraits category Of 2015 American Art Awards

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM interviewed president of American Art Awards Thom Bierdz (painter of the BLUE X paintings) and asked which artists this year won the SELF-PORTRAIT category. Bierdz explained, “This is an exciting category because the 25 galleries get to see how the artists view themselves. Maryam Deyhim of Iran received highest cumulative gallery scores for her pencil and flower collage.

Maryam takes 3rd place in Best NAIVE-HUMAN category Of 2015 American Art Awards

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Highlight Hollywood has the exclusive rights to reveal the results of the 50 categories of winning artists in the American Art Awards, decided by the 25 Best Galleries In The Nation

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Maryam takes 3rd place in Best Cubism Of 2015 American Art Awards

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 4:45 AM


This year the online contest, juried by the 25 Best Galleries In America, had submissions from 35 countries.

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London Exhibition 2015

Posted on September 22, 2015 at 2:15 AM

Check out my shortlisted artwork in the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Winners Gallery here:

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Maryam has been shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize!

Out of more than 600 artworks entered by over 270 artists, the short list of 25 includes artists from Europe, South America, Iran, China, South Africa, North and Central America who are working across sculpture, digital, painting, photography and many more styles.

The prize has been focused on offering support to all Artists throughout the duration of it and as a result entry numbers were very high and a really diverse shortlist has been created - it's great to be a part of.

The prizes are complemented with a series of ongoing talks providing practical marketing guidance for artists, a constantly updated social media presence offering advice tips and promoting all early entrants and the option for every entrant to request feedback.

The winners will be announced in June 2015, with events and online support continuing while individual feedback is sent to the 200+ artists that requested it.

Commenting on the Art Prize, Ashurst corporate partner and founder of the Emerging Artist initiative Anthony Clare said:

"The prize has so far exceeded expectations, not just in the quality of the work but also in terms of number of entrants, in part driven by the support we have offered to every artist through the application process. This prize is the flagship of our arts programme and reflects our commitment to the promotion of the arts and artists of the future. This is an important initiative, not only for Ashurst but for all the artists taking part. We have high hopes for the outcome of this new important prize and congratulate all of the short listed artists.”

All of the shortlisted artists are exhibited at the Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery between April and June this year before a winner is decided on.

We decided to submit Crowd and were we were obviously delighted that the jury selected it as one of 25 shortlisted for the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize which is sponsored by Ashurst LLP.

There are £3,000 and £1,500 cash prizes with solo exhibitions in London.

Please go along to the Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery to view the artwork in person, and the other 24 finalists' works. It is a great event to be involved with and the standard of the shortlisted works is exceptional.


5 Appold St

London EC2A 2HA

United Kingdom

Tube / Metro: Liverpool Street Station

Viewing is by appointment so you will need to call  +44 207 460 4873  or mail





Bazaar shortlisted for International Artist Grand Prize Competition in Taiwan!

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Maryam's fantastic painting Bazaar was entered into the International Artist Grand Prize Competition 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan and even though there was very strong competition this year, 4,033 pieces from all over the world participating in the event and only 90 of them selected for shortlist, Bazaar was selected!

Please visit to view the selected artworks.

The shortlisted artworks will be physically exhibited at the Art Revolution Taipei 2015 from the 8th May to the 11th May and the winner will be announced on May 12th, 2015.

Our fingers are crossed. Again the standard of the finalists entries is very high. To get this far is great, now let's hope that Maryam can take the Grand Prize!

Here is the official website of the event:

It is a great event and we are really excited to be taking part. It is a fantastic opportunity to get great exposure for Maryam's painting in another highly art-aware part of the world,


Maryam is selected to take part in Passion for Freedom exhibition/event in London!

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Maryam's painting "Cloth Cage" was selected for inclusion in the 6th annual Passion for Freedom Art Festival that took place in London from 5th

-15th November in the Embassy Tea Gallery (close to Tate Modern) in London.

The annual festival is a rare collection of works of “courageous artists” who have answered three pivotal questions:


What is freedom?


How easy is it to lose it?


How difficult is it to get it back?


This year at the festival there was a collection of 15 films, 10 books, 10 journalists and 51 artworks from all over the world: Peru, Venezuela, Iran,

Israel, Syria, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, USA & Australia. The youngest artist is 18 years old, the oldest 64. Some of the artists use pseudonyms because of threats imposed on them, some of them could not attend because they are imprisoned, cannot leave their country or cannot give interviews.

Passion for Freedom has a positive intent, celebrating the freedom that some of us enjoy whilst remembering that many others do not have the same freedoms of movement and expression. We were happy to support and to contribute to this interesting and culturally and artistically diverse event.

Maryam takes 1st place in Best Expressionism Of 2014 American Art Awards

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Highlight Hollywood is daily revealing the 50 categories of winning artists in the 2014 American Art Awards. Emerging and mid-career artists around the globe entered online art in which was scored by 25 of the best American galleries.

1ST PLACE winner MARYAM DEYHIM explains, “I paint scenes that I see in my dreams or emerging on the paper itself. Occasionally I have a theme in mind but the process is the same, I just draw and paint what I see in my mind.”


Deyhim has painted since she was a child and attended classes in caricature and animation. Three years ago, with the encouragement and support of her partner, Paul Matthews, she began to seriously pursue her art career, to almost instant success.

Deyhim has exhibited internationally at the Espacio Gallery (London), Centro Hotel (Dubai), Lugano (Switzerland) and the Dialogue of Nations (Iran). Following her successes in the 2013 American Art Awards, she was a featured artist in Arttour International magazine’s Best of Contemporary Art 2013.


Matthews explains, “Maryam becomes completely absorbed in her work. She loves to paint scenes of interaction, from the intimate dialogue of two people to the hustle and bustle of bazaar. There is a commonality in the sense of fluidity and harmony, so beautifully observed.”

Maryam takes 2nd place in Best Cubism Of 2014 American Art Awards

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Emerging and mid-career artists around the globe entered online art in 50 categories which was scored in August by 25 of the most established American galleries. Today American art award announced the winners in Category 9 – Cubism.


Posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:40 AM


President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Maryam Deyhim Win Art Brut Category – Thom Bierdz, President Of American Art Awards, Reports To Highlight Hollywood


Maryam Deyhim takes first prize in Art Brut. Thom Bierdz, American Art Awards president, explains the popular online contest is juried by 25 esteemed American galleries but open to artists in all countries. Deyhim is primarily a self-taught painter but accomplished in animation and graphic design. “The creative process starts with lines,” the pretty twenty-seven year-old Iranian explains. “Inspiration can come from anywhere and from anything.” Encouraged by her partner, Paul, she has already exhibited internationally. Espacio Gallery, London 2013, Centro Hotel, Dubai, 2012, Artendency Exhibition, Lugano, Switzerland, 2012.

Maryam Deyhim takes first place in the American Art Awards

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Maryam Deyhim takes first place in the American Art Awards



Exhibition at Espacio Gallery in London June 13th -18th

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 1:05 AM

We are really excited to report that we will be taking part in an exhibition at the Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, in the city of London from 13th to 18th June!

A Handful of Molecules and a Bucketful of Water

This will be Maryam's first exhibition in London and we hope to be back again before the end of the year to participate in another group exhibition.

The theme is humanity and human nature and Maryam will be one of ten exhibiting artists.

The Espacio Gallery is a project run by the artists as a collective and we will be assisting in the preparation for the event and will hopefully be there to meet visitors during the exhibition.

Please mark the dates and come along! 

Dubai Exhibition

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:20 AM

The second exhibition will take place in Dubai from 2nd to 4th July 2012 featuring my recent painted works . A vernissage reception will be held at the hotel at 19:00 on July 2nd when several new pieces will be revealed for the first time and local media will be in attendance to cover this exciting event.

Paul and I delighted to work in conjunction with the Centro Barsha Hotel in arranging this exhibition which is one of a series of events planned at the hotel. All commissions from the sales of paintings will be donated by the hotel management to charity.

Inaugaural Art Matters Exhibition

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Well, it is over, and the dust has settled, well....most of it :)

The very first Art Matters exhibition took place on 30/31 March in Lugano and it was successful on many different levels.

It was great to meet and to share the experience with the other participating artists. The art scene in Lugano has been given a little promotional boost and there is greater awareness now of the participating artists and the brand.

There are never too many visitors to an event like this but it was good that we had time to interact with all visitors and to walk them around the displays.

Sales were made and artist's details taken.....

A very enjoyable, if tiring, experience and we are now looking forward to our next exhibition, or at least some of us are!

Please look in regularly for news of upcoming events!

Artendency exhibition in Switzerland

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 5:10 AM to sponsor Art Fair and Exhibition

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 10:35 AM is planning a major exhibition in Ticino, Switzerland

Artists and galleries will be invited to participate in the event.

Please register your interest by email to . We will keep you informed of developments and will provide details of the application process once they are finalised. 

Watch out here for further details of this and other special events!