Behnaz Fatemi was born in Iran in 1991 and moved to Canada in 2018. Fatemi received her BFA in painting from University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran. She is an interdisciplinary artist based in the KW region. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout Iran and Canada.

Fatemi expresses her artistic ideas mainly in drawing, sculpture, and installation. She focuses on the deep connection between humans and their behaviors. This is an answer to her question of how human sensibility is interconnected with topics such as society, politics, religion, personal beliefs, and the like.

Fatemi was the 2020-2021 Kitchener Artist in Residence, working on immigrant- and immigration-related themes in the Pegman project. At the same year, she was also one of the members of Art$pay Artist in Incubator program supported by Region of Waterloo. In November 2020, Fatemi received Arts Awards Waterloo Region in the Emerging Artist category.  

Photos by Magda Spurek


  • Academic Programs:

  • BFA in Painting, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran, 2010-2015.
    Thesis title: Glimmer

  • Certificate of Course Completion in Arts, Sooreh Pre-University, Isfahan, Iran, 2008-2009.

  • Diploma of Arts in Graphic Design, Qods Art School, Isfahan, Iran, 2006-2008.

  • Professional Programs:

  • From Idea to Execution, Mohammad Hossein Emad, Mahe-Mehr Cultural and Art Institute, Tehran, Iran, 2016-2017.

  • Foundations of Visual Arts, Ruyin Pakbaz, Shen Atelier, Tehran, Iran, 2016-2017.

  • Kindergarten Teacher, Iran, 2016.



     Future Exhibition:

  • Atrophy, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Cambridge, ON, Canada, 2021.

  • In progress, Berlin Tower Artspace, Kitchener, Canada, 2021

  • In progress, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, Canada, 2021

  • In progress, Clay and Glass Gallery, ON, Canada, 2022

       Solo Exhibitions:

  • Residue, Electric Room (Dastan Basement), Tehran, Iran. 2017.

  • Glimmer, Matnemrooz Gallery, Isfahan, Iran, 2015.

     Group Exhibitions: 

  • Lumen Festival, There is no U-Haul big enough for my move to sky castle, Waterloo, Canada, 2020.

  • Untitled, the Museum, Kitchener, Canada.

  • Eleventh Annual, Montakhabe Nasle No, Home Art Gallery, Tehran, 2019

  • Eight continent, Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran, Iran, 2019.

  • Drawing and Gavel, Drawing Museum, Tehran, Iran, 2018.

  • Versus 3rd Young Artists Exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran, 2018.

  • Untitled, Drawing, Manouchehri Historical House (A Dastan Outside Project), Kashan, Iran, 2018.

  • Heterogeneous, Fereshteh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2018.

  • The Artworks of Isfahan Painters Association, Vesal Art Gallery, Shiraz, Iran, 2017.

  • Hush, A Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2017.

  • Concurrence 2, Black, Jaleh Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2017.

  • Contemporary Young Artists, Ayrik Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2017.

  • Untitled, Ou Gallery, Rasht, Iran, 2017.

  • Selected Artists - 6th Damounfar (Faber-Castell) Biennial, Mellat Cinema-Gallery Paradise, Tehran, Iran, 2016.

  • Untitled, Arte Gallery, Rasht, Iran, 2015.

  • 1 Day Sale, No. 6 Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2015.

  • Dar Miyan Shakh o Barge Bagh, Kouche Bagh Gallery, Rasht, Iran, 2015.

  • Zarbin, Khatam-al-Anbiya Gallery, Rasht, Iran, 2015.

  • Artworks of Guilan University Students, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran, 2014.

  • Sinus Bedune Lahje, Elahe Gallery, Tehran, Iran, 2014.

  • Untitled: Painting, Culture and Art House, Rasht, Iran, 2013.

  • Untitled: Photography, Culture and Art House, Rasht, Iran, 2011.

  • Untitled: Illustration, Kowsar Art Gallery, Isfahan, Iran, 2007.



  • 2020 Kitchener Artist in Residence, Kitchener, Canada,2020.​


  • Awards Waterloo Region Winner, Emerging Artist Award, Canada, 2020 

  • Honourable mention in 6th Damounfar (Faber-Castell) Biennial, Tehran, Iran, 2016. 

  • Honourable mention in 1st Anzali Sand Sculpture Festival (Foorsh), Bandar-e- Anzali, Iran, 2015.

  • Honorable mention in 19th International Festival of Visual Arts for Young Artists, Gorgan, Iran, 2013.

  • Honorable mention in the 1st Zarbin Festival (University of Guilan), Rasht, Iran, 2013.


Job/Voluntary Experience: 

  • Education programs volunteer, Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2019.

  • Painting Teacher, Nartiti Children’s Visual Arts School, Rasht, Iran, 2013-2015.

  • Painting Tutor, 17 Shahrivar Educational, Medical and Research Center, Rasht, Iran, 2014-2015.

  • Voluntarily teaching painting to children with chronic deceases, 2014-2015.

  • Education programs volunteer, The Button Factory Arts,

  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Clay sculpture workshop, Canadian Clay$Glass gallery, 2020