Homeira Mortazavi was born in Dezfoul in southwestern Iran and grew up in Tehran before quickly migrating, like many Iranian artists leaving the country of origin, in order to continue to create, to live by their creation and to make their art visible. While studying architecture at the University of Tehran, she decided to move to Montreal in 1987 to study the arts and develop her various artistic practices (painting, glassware, mosaic, ceramics and jewellery). She graduated with a BFA and a MA in Art Education from Concordia University. To complete her artistic training, she also worked in the workshops of Guido Molinari, Suzan Scott and Giuseppe Di Leo. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Canada, the United States and France. She currently lives and works in Montreal, where she also teaches painting and drawing for adults and children.
In her artistic approach, Homeira Mortazavi explores a feminine aesthetic in dialogue with her own identity introspections. While any representation of nudity (feminine and masculine) and any bodily expression of sensuality is forbidden in Iran. Between the throes of immigration and defending the beauty of the body, she tries the difficult deconstruction of the sacralisation of the female figure, omnipresent in her culture of origin. Through her paintings, Homeira Mortazavi does not approach the female form as an object of desire, conquest or lust, but attempts to translate this aesthetic of the nude female as an act of liberation, a means of individual resistance to restrictions imposed on women's bodies.
For the realization of this exhibit, she used photography and digital compositions between female body shapes and movements and floral and plant elements. To do this, she has photographed a diversity of women both ethno culturally and in terms of body shapes to remain faithful to the physical beauty present in both the social and metaphysical world. It was also inspired by a series of photographs depicting natural elements, mainly floral, present in the garden of Monet and Parisian rose gardens such as the gardens of Bagatelle.