Mahshid Farhoudi is an Iranian born Canadian figurative painter who explores issues of identity, displacement and belonging through her work. Her art practice draws from her cultural heritage and the contemporary. Both figurative and architectural elements are central to her painting. Being aware of new trends in figuration, she has been appropriating symbols, icons and imagery to issues that she explores. The relationship between painted figures and their architectural contexts create a dialogue within the work.
Every work Mahshid creates, is influenced by the sitter's personal story. She is drawn to people's life journeys and all its shades of grey as in her charcoal drawings. Every work provides a brand new opportunity to continue her search for that undercurrent, beautiful and graceful gesture that can be found in humanity.