Biography

Niloufar SalimiNiloufar Salimi (b. Shiraz, Iran in 1982 & based in Toronto) uses drawing and minimal mixed media to form narratives that live in the interstices of certainty and ambiguity. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Salimi’s daily drawing practice has concentrated on the old, wild apple trees outside her apartment window. “One window for seeing/ One window for hearing/ One window for reaching into the heart of the earth” (Forough Farrokhzad). Through her unique artistic touch, Nilou is sharing her story of “fruits and banquet” in the project.

Salimi completed her MFA at Western University in 2015 and received a BFA from OCAD University.  Salimi is a multiple recipient of Ontario Arts Council Grants.  In addition to her studio practice, she works as a Gallery Assistant and Teaching Artist at the Power Plant Contemporary Gallery, Toronto.

Exhibitions

Niloufar Salimi

August 31 - October 1 - 2022

Niloufar Salimi “75 Oriole Rd”

Twelve of Niloufar Salimi's exquisite drawings of the wild apple tree outside of her bedroom window will be the focus of our middle gallery September exhibition.

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Curriculum Vitae

BORN

Shiraz, Iran in 1982

EDUCATION

2015 – Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Western University, London, ON

2008 – Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) – Drawing and Painting, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 – 75 Oriole Rd., Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON
2020 – 75 Oriole Rd., Support Gallery, London, ON
2016 – Entanglement, Open Sesame Gallery, Kitchener, ON
2015 – I am not I, almost never, DNA Artspace, London, ON

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 – Home, McIntosh Gallery, London, ON

2021 – Artist as Curator, 2Gallery, Picton, ON
2021 – (Be)longing, Embassy Cultural House (ECH), London, ON
2021 – Stop Extinction! Restore the Earth, Embassy Cultural House (ECH), London, ON
2021 – International Women’s Day Exhibition: Go, Rise and Strike, Embassy Cultural House (ECH), London, ON

2019 – Line and Verse, Culture Bureau of Chiayi County, Taibao City, Taiwan (touring)
2019 – I’m busy, Support Gallery, London, ON

2018 – Line and Verse, University of Toronto, Robarts Library, Toronto, ON (touring)

2017 – Past Forward, Artlab Gallery, London, ON

2016 – Plexus, DNA Artspace, London, ON
2016- Drawing 2016, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015 – Uncooperative, Forest City Gallery, London, ON
2015 – Satellite, Satellite Artspace, London, ON

2014 – The fire doesn’t burn itself, After Hours Projects, Toronto, ON
2014 – sum of two and three, one more than four, Artlab Gallery, London, ON
2014 – Carte Blanche, DNA Artspace, London, ON

2013 – Studio Works, CB Gallery, Toronto, ON

2012 – GAS, Gerrard Art Gallery, Toronto, ON

2011 – Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Gallery, Oakville, ON

2010 – Catalyst for Change, Daimler Services, Mississauga, ON

2008 – Last night I dreamt, Walnut Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 – Make Believe, OCAD University Student Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 – Memory, Graduate Exhibition, OCAD U, Toronto, Ontario
2008- 49 Parallel, Steam Whistle Brewery Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2006 – Second Vision, Ryerson University, ISARU, Toronto, Ontario

2004 – Children of Heaven, Richmond Hill Academy of Art, Ontario

AWARDS / GRANTS

2018 – Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Grant for Visual Arts Project
2016 – Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Grant for Emerging Artists
2013-14 – University of Western Ontario Dean’s Entrance Scholarship
2008 – Mrs. W.O. Forsyth Award, OCAD University

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2020 – Materials, Support Gallery, Essay by E.C. Woodley, London, ON

2015 – sum of two and three, one more than four, Curatorial catalogue, London, ON

2009 – Colour and two-dimensional design text book, Glenn McArthur, Toronto, ON

2008 – Drawing and Painting Department Catalogue, Toronto, ON

2006 – Taking a Second Look Magazine, Ryerson University, Artist Interview, Toronto, ON

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

2020-present – Contributing Editor, Embassy Cultural House, London, ON

2020-present -Teaching Artist, The Power Plant Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015-present – Gallery Assistant, The Power Plant Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014-2015 – Research Assistance, Plastiglomerates environmental art project, Western University, London, ON

2013-2015 – Teaching Assistant, Advanced Drawing and Painting Courses, Western University, London, ON

2013-2014 – Educator officer Assistant, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

TALKS

2020- Artist talk to Chelsea College of Art MFA class, London, UK

2018- Sunday Scene on Abbas Akhavan’s Exhibition, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, ON

2016- Artist talk, Open Sesame Gallery, Kitchener, ON

2015- Artist talk to Drawing and Painting thesis class, OCAD University

2014- Artist talk to Advanced Painting class, Western University

Press

75 Oriole Rd Catalogue

Niloufar Salimi

Materials Vol 12

November 2020

Eric Woodley

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Embassy Cultural House

Interview with Niloufar Salimi

2016

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