Born in Tehran, Canadian artist Amir Sheikhvand currently lives and works in Toronto. He finished his academic studies in biology and graphic designing he continued his study in Jewellery and graduate from Tehran’s Gold Institute in 1994.he has also learned music trough out his life alongside the other things and He has done apprenticeships with some of Iranian masters in the field of Malileh-kary-Filigree work- and Minakary- miniature enameling-. he is the pioneer of educating women in jewellery making in Iran. Sheikhvand resumed his practice in Canada in 1999 after several solo exhibits in Iranian galleries. He has used academic knowledge, traditional skills and adopted modern techniques in his contemporary practice and His multidisciplinary approaches with eclectic use of media within his conceptual art work make him recognizable.

He has executed numerous outstanding pieces of fine jewellery in one of the most prestigious Fine jewellery design studios in Toronto.  He also mentoring students at George Brown Collage. Sheikhvand is also volunteering at Harborfront Center as an advisor in Metal studios.

Sheikhvand’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions, in galleries such as: Vallry Art Gallery, McMaster museum of art, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Arta Gallery and Harborfront Center.

Exhibitions

-2015, Lasting effects, Harbor Front Center, Toronto, ON

-2014, Vernal, Artscape Yongplace, Toronto, ON

-2013, Design san frontier, Juried exhibition, Design exchange, Toronto, ON.

-2013, Wearable Structures, solo exhibition, Atelier rzlbd, Toronto, ON.

-2011, Craft “11, juried exhibition, O.C.C Gallery, Toronto, ON.

-2009, Craft “09, juried exhibition, O.C.C Gallery, Toronto ON.

-2008, Nostalgia, Solo Exhibition, V-Mac Gallery, 401 Richmond Toronto.

-2005, Movements, Solo Exhibition, Arta Gallery, Toronto distillery district

-2004, Form & Concept, Solo Exhibition, Arta Gallery, Toronto distillery district

-2003, Craft in the making, Toronto, O.C.C, Feb -April 2003

-2002, Shift”connection”, Harbor Front Center, Toronto, ON

-2001, Looking Forward, juried exhibition, 2001,Vallry Art Gallery, McMaster museum of art, Tom Thomson Art Gallery,

-2000, Iranian Craft revisited, Expo 2000 in Hannover Germany

-1999, The Last Footprint In the 20th Century, solo exhibition

-1999, Wearable Sculptures, Solo exhibition, Aug. 1999, Barg Art Gallery, Tehran

-1999, Stones, by A.Sheikhvand & A. Kaveh, Bamdad Art Gallery, Tehran

-1999, Tehran Precious Stone Expo, Tehran, Niavaran Art & Culture Center, Tehran

-1998, Ethnic Jewellery, Solo exhibition, Bamdad Art Gallery, Tehran

-1998, Contemporary Jewellery, Solo Exhibition, Bamdad Art Gallery, Tehran, Mar. 1998

 

Curatorial:

-2005, Rebirth, Harbor Front Center, Toronto, ON.

-2014, Objectified Matter, Artscape YOUNGplace, Atelier Ascensuer, Toronto, ON.

 

Publications:

Tehran Times, October 1998

Looking Forward, OCC, 2000

Canadian Craft Magazine, 2000

Craft ’09 catalogue, 2009

Craft ’11 catalogue, 2011

Superstition, Zilberschmuck , 2012

Magzine, 2013

Teaching:

Persian filigree workshop, SNAG preconference workshop, George Brown College, Toronto, 2013

Persian filigree workshop, Harborfront Center, Toronto, 2015

Research Papers:

Persian filigree and contemporary jewellery, 2012

Mina-kari and contemporary jewellery, 2013

Design elements in Persian Mina-kari and Craft, 2013

Awards

Excellence in DesignThe First Exhibition Of Precious Stone in Iran, Niavaran Art & Culture Center, Tehran,1999

Ontario Arts Council, Creation and Development Grant- 2012

Amir Sheikhvand,