Saba Farhoudnia was born in Tehran, Iran in 1987, in the midst of war. Saba’s
paintings are monumental in scale and explore the challenges facing the human condition. Saba merges the art of drawing, painting, language, and verse through brushstrokes, geometric forms, calligraphy, and gestural marks to evoke drama, pain, humor, and beauty. The forms are intended to plumb the depths of the grotesque and elevate the humor in beauty.
Her work explores humanity poised on a precipice: facing an insecure present and an uncertain future. Saba honed her skills by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Science and Culture in Tehran, Iran. Saba also received a second Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She is an alumnus of the Artist in the Marketplace fellowship program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and awardee of the Queens Arts Fund (QAF) New Work Grant in 2022.
Saba’s work has been seen around the world: her paintings have been exhibited across the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. Her work can also be found in such periodicals as Art Scope Magazine, Thalia Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, and Words Without Borders. Saba currently lives and works in New York City. Visit her website here.