Sepideh Mehraban is an Iranian-born artist, working and living in Cape Town. Her work explores memory and landscape, looking at the overlaying and veiling of paint as a means of expressing layers of existence and experience. She was born in Tehran and obtained her BA (2009) and MA (2011) from Alzahra University (Tehran- Iran).
In 2012, Mehraban worked on and was awarded a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art at Michaelis School of Fine Art (Cape Town, South Africa) and has since also completed a second masters degree with distinction there. She has worked as a set designer and collaborated on puppeteering projects. Mehraban also has worked as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Painting at Michaelis School of Fine Art. She is a PhD candidate currently lecturing at the University of Stellenbosch.
In her academic work, as well as in her personal projects there is sensitivity toward recent history in Iran, which she incorporates and explores through text, figurative works and abstraction, often drawing on the grid format of newspaper as a source of inspiration.
Mehraban first solo exhibition was titled Retracing Memories at Golestan gallery in Tehran (2015). The selection of recent group shows she has participated includes: SS17 at gallery MOMO (Cape Town, 2017), Distill Motion at Smith gallery (Cape Town, 2017), A Painting Today at Stevenson gallery (Cape Town, 2017), Art Meets Camera: Closer than ever curated by Michaela Limberis at gallery MOMO (Cape Town, 2017), Charting curated by Andrew Lamprecht at Eclectica Contemporary gallery (Cape Town, 2016), Imago Mundi at Fondazione Giorgio Cini ( Venice,2015). Her works are part of different private and public collections including : Alzahra University (Tehran), University of Cape Town, Spier Art’s Trust (Cape Town) and Thulamela Chambers(Johanesburg).