Maryam Lavaf was born in Tehran, Iran in 1977 Lavaf received a Graphic Diploma from the Art School in Tehran, Iran. She received her B.A. in painting from Azad University in Tehran, Iran in 2002 and certificates in Advanced Painting and Ceramics from the Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX.
2015 Ceramic, Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
2005 Advanced painting, Glassell School of Art, Houston, Texas
2002 B.A. in Painting, Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Graphic Diploma, Art School, Tehran, Iran
My art originates from my life’s experiences.
The structure of my paintings is based on earth, sun, and plants –Nature’s elements.
On the other hand my paintings represent my emotional responses to nature.
I enjoy creating images and objects that I find visually stimulating.
Events and occurrences, which have their own logic, are the accidents which I reveal in my work and through them I discover a new layer of myself. Most of my works the footprints of nature can be traced, Nature stimulates the primary sense and the essence of life in me, a sense that we experience in love. The projection of me to nature arouses the ecstasy of existence in me, and in this way I connect to inner elements. I begin each piece with a sound; it can be the sound of a leaf dropping, each work Needs its own logic and guide lines and has to be unique and be ruled by its own laws. I know a work is complete when its finds its own life, at which point I prefer to hide my intentions and allow viewers to come up with their own conclusions.
2017 Whispers, Samara Gallery, Houston, TX
2016 The Jung Center, Houston, TX
2015 Clay, Regina Galeria, Houston, TX
2014 Escape, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX
2013 Nature's, Path, Regina Galeria, Houston, TX
2011 Regina Galeria, Houston, TX
2009 Gallery 3, Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX
2005 Rice University, Hamman Hall, Houston, TX
2012 Archway Juried Exhibition, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX
2008 25th Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Alliance, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX
2005 Gallery 3, Winter Street Studios, Houston, TX
2003 Laleh Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2002 Jahanara Gallery, Tehran, Iran