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Maryam's biography

Maryam started to paint at a very young age and quickly found out that she could create an imaginary and harmonious world, often containing many colourful characters, side-by-side. She took classes in caricature and animation but only started to paint seriously about eight years ago with the help and encouragement of her partner, Paul Matthews.

Maryam's paintings are composed in a non-judgmental way, scenes sometimes seen in dreams or appearing as the pencil touches the paper and then spreading across it. The compositions range from semi-abstracted scenes of flora and fauna to expressive human scenes of tension and emotion.

Art is more than just an activity that brings Maryam pleasure and relaxation; it is her means of self-expression, the point of access to a world without boundaries or artificial constraints.


2020 Group Exhibition at NDSM-Fuse Gallery (Amsterdam)

2020  Art Revolution Taipei (Taiwan)

2019  Les Décades de la peinture Festival (France)

2019  Soundstripes 3 short silent films (Huddersfield)

2018  “Passion For Freedom” at Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery (London)

2018  Group Exhibition at Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery-Winter 2018 Exhibition

2016  The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Prize 2016 Exhibition

2016  Ashurst Emerging Art Prize exhibition (London)

2015  “Passion For Freedom” at Mall Galleries (London)

2015  Art Revolution Taipei (Taiwan)

2015  Ashurst Emerging Art Prize exhibition (London)

2014  “Passion for Freedom” at Embassy Tea Gallery (London)

2013  “A Handful of Molecules and a Bucket of Water” at the Espacio Gallery (London)

2012  Solo exhibition at the Centro Hotel (Dubai)

2012  “Artendency” at Il Ciani Lugano (Switzerland)

Awards and Shortlisted:

2020 Shortlisted "Smash the Narrative" at NDSM-Fuse Gallery (Amsterdam)

2020  Finalist - International Artist Grand Prize/Art Revolution Taipei (Taiwan)

2019  3rd and 4th place - Pop Art ( American Art Awards)

2019  Shortlisted "Les Décades de la peinture Festival" (France)

2019  Shortlisted “Soundstripes 3“ short silent films (Huddersfield)

2018  Shortlisted “Passion For Freedom ” awards at Royal Opera Arcade (ROA) Gallery (London)

2016  Honorable Mention for " Self-Portrait"- London International Creative Competition (LICC-London)

2016  Finalist-  London International Creative Competition (LICC-London)

2016  1st and 2nd place - Naive-Human figure category for Shadows and Les Miserables ( American Art Awards )

2016  Highly commended, Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, UK (London)

2015  1st place - Self-Portrait category for Self Portrait( American Art Awards )

2015  3rd place - Naive-Human category for Assembly( American Art Awards )

2015  Shortlisted “Passion For Freedom ” awards at Mall Galleries (London)

2015  3rd place - Cubism category for Crowd ( American Art Awards)

2015  Finalist - International Artist Grand Prize/Art Revolution Taipei (Taiwan)

2015  Shortlisted for Ashurst Emerging Art Prize (London)

2014  Shortlisted for “Passion for Freedom” awards at Embassy Tea Gallery (London)

2014  1st place – Expressionism category for Bazaar ( American Art Awards)

2014  2nd place– Cubism category for Steam Room ( American Art Awards)

2013  1st place – Art Brut category for Bar ( American Art Awards)

2013  3rd place _ Naïve art category for Flutterby ( American Art Awards)

1997  Shortlisted for Dialogue of Nations  (Iran)


2019 Featured artist in Slevin magazine ( Issue #6)

2018 Featured artist in Freedom Book (Passion For Freedom)

2018 Featured artist in WHATISART? magazine.

2013 Featured artist in Arttour International magazine's Best of Contemporary Art.