Sara's paintings presented at Open Studios are the documentation of a personal investigation of Beirut; a city layered with stories. Drawing from literature, found images, vintage Lebanese movie posters, she explores ways in which social and personal memory finds its way to the artist studio and is translated into visual language. Each way of mark making works as part of a language in reference to the real world as well as to the history of painting; building up and scraping off the paint is intended to create a composition of fragments where shapes and colors work as independent forms and as part of a larger whole. This transformation of reference to the abstract image is in fact an act of translation.

Sara Ghahramani (b. 1984 Tehran, Iran) investigates the link between visual and literal language in her work. Challenging the boundaries of abstraction and representation, her work follows the path through which subjects are translated into visual signs. Her paintings work as a registration of this transformation. Ghahramani graduated from OCAD University in Drawing and Painting. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


Sara Ghahramani
Dates of residency: March - April 2018
Born: 1984
Hometown: Tehran
Lives and works: Toronto
Education: 2016 OCAD University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Toronto, Canada
2010 University of Science and Culture, Bachelor of Design, Tehran, Iran
Selected shows:
2017    Fuse, Shangyuan Museum of Art, Beijing
2016 Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Headquarter, Mississauga
2016 Yorkville Village Arts Festival, Yorkvile Village, Toronto
014 Inside Out, Golden Eagle Gallery, Nanjing