Shahroud Ghahani is an Iranian-Australian visual artist based on Gadigal land. Her artworks bridge together rich images from disparate cultures and her experiences of them.

 She holds a Master of Arts from the University of New South Wales and has had her work exhibited in galleries across Sydney. 

Her practice explores representations of the female body and themes of beauty, the grotesque, and identity within Eastern and Western traditions. 

Her art is also inspired by explorations of metaphysical subjects. She interweaves dreamscapes, liminal and imaginary spaces, displaced objects and allegorical imagery.

She was a finalist for the 2021 Hawkesbury Art Prize, and a finalist for the 2018 and 2019 Kudos Emerging Artist Award. She is currently a resident artist at the Primrose Park Art Studio.


2021 Master of Arts, University of New South Wales, Art and Design, with Distinction

2014 - 2016 TAFE NSW - Painting and Museum and Galleries studies

2001 University of Technology Sydney, Graduate Diploma New media

1989 University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022   Cut.N.Polish  Carriageworks, Redfern, Sydney

2022  Incognito  Art Show’ Pop up Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney

2021 UNSW Art, Design and Architecture, Annual Graduation Show, UNSW Galleries 7 - 19 December, Sydney, NSW

2021 Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, 27November - 12 December, Freemans Reach, NSW

2021 Coal Loader, Project 2060: Homeward Bound, March 10-21

2020 Art Space, The Concourse, La Vie En Rose, Group show, August 23 –
September 5, 2020

2020 Corner Store Gallery, Abstract Group Exhibition, May 21 – Sep 21, 2020

2019 Encountering UNSWAD MA Exhibition, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2019 1200k West AD_Space, Fowlers Gap Art Residency, Sydney, NSW

2019 Tales of Lyerbird The Shop Gallery, Glebe, Sydney, NSW

2019 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award Finalists Exhibitions, Kudos Gallery Sydney, NSW

2019 Corner Store Gallery, Finalists Exhibitions, 8x10 Annual Show,
Orange, NSW

2018 Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award Finalists Exhibitions, Sydney, NSW

2018 Wallarobba Hornsby Culture and Art Centre, Out of Blue, Sydney, NSW

2017 Lyrebird Art Community, Art trail Open Studio, Sydney, NSW

2016 Brush with Frame, See Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2015 See/Saw! See Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Selected Awards and achievements

2022 UNSW  Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Dean's List Achievement Prize

2021 Finalist– Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach, NSW

2019 Finalist - Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, University of NSW Art and Design, Sydney, NSW

2018 Finalist - Kudos Emerging Artist + Designer Award, University of NSW Art and Design, Sydney, NSW

2019 Finalist - Corner Store Gallery
8 x 10 Annual Show, Orange, NSW

2017 Nava Ignition Award, Awarded for Excellence in Visual Arts

2010 Bronze Medal – Premier’s Award, Public Sector, Award for excellence in illustration and design

2009 Third Place - Certificate of Creative Excellence, US International Film and video Festival, Illustration and Animation


2020 - 2022 Resident Artist , Primrose Park, Artist Studio Program,North Sydney Council, Sydney NSW

2019  Group residency, Fowlers Gap, Arid Zone Reserch Station UNSW, May 20- May 28


University Of New South Wales Art Collection, Sydney

Private Collections, Australia and Overseas

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