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Nima Arabi

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Visual Artist

Nima Arabi is a visual artist with a focus on observational and expressive self-portrait drawings and also geometric-structured sculptures. Currently based in Toronto, he was born and raised in Iran, where he, as a teenager, became familiar with and interested in Persian mystical poems. Since then, his art has become the exploration, examination, and expressions of the core idea of this mystical view which is the oneness of being.

Employing paper-based non-exclusive industrial materials, such as packaging cardboard and flooring paper, Nima redefines the function of these materials and revalues them in his artistic process.

Graduated from the Master’s degree in Fine Arts at York University, Nima Arabi has experienced solo exhibitions in Canada and Iran, participated in group shows in art galleries, such as AGYU and the Varley Art Gallery in Toronto, and given a public presentation at Markham Public Library. 


2020 | Master of Fine Art, York University, Toronto

2018 | Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art, York University, Toronto

2010 | Bachelor of Textile and Fashion Design, Art University of Tehran, Iran

2004 | Graphic Design Diploma, Imam Art School of Babol, Iran


2019 | Finalist of Figureworks, Ottawa, Canada

2018 | Winner of Best in Show, Curated by AGYU Curators, York University, Open House Show, Toronto

2018 | Winner of Best Figurative Drawing Award, York University Open House Show, Toronto

2018 | Winner of Brazilian Ball Student Support Award, Toronto

2017 | Recipient of Harry W. W. Rowe Arts of the Americas Bursaries, Toronto

2017 | Winner of Josef Drapell Award for Artistic and Academic Excellence, Toronto

2017 | Winner of Achievement in Drawing Award, York University Open House Show, Toronto

2004 | Winner of Student Drawing Contest, Babol, Iran

2003 | Winner of Student Calligraphy Contest, Babol, Iran

Group Exhibitions:

2020 | Next | Wave Groupe Show, Varley Art Gallery, Curated by Anik Glaude, Markham

2019 | Figureworks, Curated Group Show, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa

2019 | The MFA/Ph.D. Group Show, Special Project Gallery, Toronto

2019 | Chel Kal, Solo Show, Special Project Gallery, Toronto

2019 | Between States, MFA Group Show, Special Project Gallery, Toronto

2019 | Art @ Suit 500, The Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, Toronto

2018 | Identity Group Show, Curated by Amir Golzadeh, Perija Gallery, Babol, Iran

2018 | Talking Windows, AGYU Vitrines, Curated by Suzanne Carte, AGYU, Toronto

2018 | From the Ground Up, The MFA/Ph.D. Group Show, The Gales Gallery, Toronto

2018 | Bam/Boozled Group Show, York University, Toronto

2018 | End Year Show, Curated by Yvonne Singer, Gallery 1313, Toronto

2018 | Eran Gallery Group Show, Curated by Eran Gallery, Arta Gallery, Toronto

2018 | The Book of a Chaotic Mind Solo Exhibition, Curated by Yvonne Singer, Special Project Gallery, Toronto

2017 | Aggregation Installation Group Exhibition, the Gales Gallery, Toronto

2017 | Monochromatic Exhibition, Curated by Yvonne Singer, The Gales Gallery, Toronto

2017 | Open House Show, York University, Toronto

2017 | Painting and Printing Area Show, Curated by Janet Jones, The Gales Gallery, Toronto

2016 | Non-existence Solo Exhibition, Curated by Alice Varshow, Babol Art Gallery, Iran

2016 | Rite of Passage Group Digital Exhibition, Curated by Arash Shirinbab, City Hall of San Francisco, U.S of America

2015 | Homeland, Group Exhibition, Curated by Tirgan Festival, Marilyn Brewer Room, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

2010 | Tar-o-Pood-e Farsi Textile Expo Group Exhibition, Tehran, Iran

2009     Yazd Textile Cluster Group Exhibition, Yazd, Iran

Online Exhibition


SEP 21 to OCT 21

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