Born in 1967 in Tehran, Iran, Samira Alikhanzadeh started painting at the age of 20 under the supervision of the Iranian Master Aydin Aghdashloo. Two years later, she attended Tehran’s Azad University where she went on to complete her Master’s degree in Painting. Captivated by matters of identity and reality relating to past and present and inspired by the melancholic and humoristic quality of old images, Alikhanzadeh creates her art by the use of old found photographs, mainly family photos of the 1940s and 50s. In her latest works, her images are printed digitally on either wooden boards or Perspex. She experiments with new materials such as using real carpets in some of her works, in addition to using mirrors and acrylic paint. In 2010, the LACMA Museum acquired two of her works from her Carpet series. Today, Alikhanzadeh lives and works in Tehran.
2011 Face to Face, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2010 Yek, do, se (1, 2, 3): Three Contemporary Iranian Artists, Group exhibition, LACMA Museum, Los Angelos, CA, USA