Naz Rahbar was born in Tehran, Iran but immigrated to Canada at the age of 13, where she completed her studies with a Fine arts Degree at OCAD university with a major in drawing and painting and a minor in printmaking. I think her portrait series are pretty interesting – she paints the people she meets from memory instead of taking a snapshot, and takes it as a challenge to see how well she can recall their faces.
Tell me a little more about yourself.
I live in Toronto Canada, and most of the year I wish I lived somewhere warm. I would like to experience living in different parts of the world. I find different landscapes and people inspiring. I wish I could just travel and fill up sketchbooks and travel logs!
Your website shows various printmaking works – which ones are your favorite, and why?
I like different printmaking techniques for their unique qualities and limitation. I love Lithography and wish I could learn and practice more of it. Unfortunately I don’t have access to a Litho press and studio right now. I guess can’t really choose a favorite. I am happier with the silk screens I have done.
Does your style and work seek to communicate a particular message?
No way, or at least not one that is clear to myself at this time. I guess I’m more interested in fiction, or stories, or vignettes or mainly with the idea of documenting or recording a moment, a feeling, a face, a person, or a sort of something I feel possessed to draw.
Who would be your dream client / Who would you love to work for?
Ultimately I guess it would be to work for myself! I have been thinking of a sort of graphic novel. It would be great to have a book published. One that speaks to people of kind and ages would be ideal.