Maryam Iravani was born in 1969 in Esfahan in Iran. Maryam currently lives and works in Esfahan. From 2004 till 2011 she received a large number of certificates for art related studies she attended at the Art University of Esfahan in Iran.
Based on her individual experience and viewpoint regarding historical spaces and classical literary texts, visual elements such as color, texture and visual signs, as a whole, provide a panoramic window to human's understanding which serves as a special medium for improvement of man's spiritual and material life. In a personal statement, Maryam states that ‘Those who wish to draw or paint have to maintain a part of their being in order to train themselves, and this is the secret of their being which will never be revealed’.
Furthermore she states, that drawing is an art form through which man discovers the existence of God, the greatest artist of this universe, and the deeper he involves himself, the more he learns about the secrets of its being. The phenomena which surround us are arranged so accurately and delicately next to each other that delight every artist and by picturing a part of it, he understands God’s greatness. Art is the interpretation of the nature and not its copy. Drawing comprises every molecule of our being which is etched on the two-dimensional surface and transfers our thoughts to the viewers. She will never forget her teacher’s words quote: ‘A true artist is the one who portrays things that are not seen or noticed by everyone’. This sentence has been her inspiration in her career as an artist. An active and accurate person will feel miniscule against the orders of the nature’s laws, and on the other hand, the eternal secret of art will always be present in our lives. It is with this mindset that she started her drawings such that her mind, or rather, the main design emanates from a deep historical backdrop of her childhood. The design is formed in her mind before it is implemented with its composition. She always visualizes her works even before they are completed, and very few changes may be added to it. The combination of form and color may express poetic sentiments as well as artistic perceptions. She understands art as a mystical feeling which elevates one's faith and love for the Almighty. For this reason, this path has led her into studying mysticism and poetry as well. The creation of such works, which is accompanied by emotion, is a new way of emotional expression which is developed from one's mind and ideas. In fact, the idea is an element and in her opinion she sees the world and with the power of her mind and emotion, as well as her inquisitive eyes, reviews the nature and as a result, converts her understandings into colorful forms without shape. It seems that in the creation of her works, the layers of color, texture and background move hand in hand as if they have no role in their creation and it is her mind that manages all the tasks. She get so engrossed in her work that she loses herself and sees everything as a blessing from God. In fact, her historical background has affected her mindset and she has found her personal style in art. This style is the embodiment of her mental fantasies about painting which she has sought all through her artistic life. The customs and traditions created from beliefs, with the help of cultural facilities of a particular place, become the tradition of that place, naturally within a particular context. This is why in certain areas something becomes a temporal law whereas it is not the case in other places. These are all ways of life in each place inherited and carried by its people. This insight helped her to embrace this particular style because she spent her childhood among the turquoise tiles of Isfahan in Iran and the labyrinth of its lanes. The city’s love and peace helped her to flourish artistically and she tried to portray the intimacy which lies in her birth place. She feels this intimacy both in Isfahan and Tbilisi, since the latter possesses similar traits as the city of her birth. She found Tbilisi so anciently emotional that it awakened the artistic feelings within her heart. She felt old secrets and feelings of intimacy which are lost or forgotten in the present technological world we live in.
Maryam Iravani dedicates her works to the soul of her late father, who was an innovator in the textile industry in Iran. Also, she appreciates the patience of her husband and two children and she states that without the assistance and supervision of her master, Dr. Amirabbas Mohammadi Rad, it would have been impossible to fulfill her artisitic dreams.
Works by Maryam Iravani have been in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Esfahan, Iran