Maryam Pazooki, is a visual artist born in Iran. She completed her 4-year teaching training degree and Art and Design diploma from Sure University in Tehran. After her studies she taught in an Arts High School program and developed and taught courses in drawing, painting and batik using traditional techniques.
In the year 2000 she moved to Japan to study Japanese and to research Japanese style painting, techniques and materials. In 2005 she earned her MFA degree in Japanese style painting (Nihonga) from Tsukuba University in Japan. Her thesis examined the various interpretations of the aesthetic sense of beauty in Japanese art and culture, with a specific focus on the role of negative space. While in Japan she was part of a cultural exchange program, which involved teaching Iranian art and culture to various schools.
After graduation, she returned to Iran and she both taught and directed the art department in the Tehran International School. In 2011 she moved to Canada. While she taught at the Toronto Farsi School, she was active in Halton Hills school board.
And she played a key role in the school program as a print making instructor to approximately 400 students from local schools at the Helson Gallery in Georgetown Ontario. Maryam has exhibited her paintings in several art galleries and universities in Iran, japan and Canada. She has also designed several book covers for various publications.
Thoughts About Art and Community
I do believe that in multicultural city like Toronto each cultural background can be presents through arts . and it will be more powerful voice.
I do offer different visual arts workshops such as painting, sculpture, calligraphy and printmaking.