Samaneh Malekshahi

I came to Australia 5 years ago. I love everything about art and I love creating art with my hands. I love the act of creating – from anything.

When I was 10 years old, I became more and more interested in my surroundings and the social problems around me. I started writing about my country, exploring issues of injustice and inequality. I also explored the world of poetry and short stories.

My artwork focuses on exploration of light and colour, as well as social issues.

I joined MAFA not long before the Simorgh exhibition (an exhibition of work inspired by Iranian mythology). Since then I’ve started again to paint. I was so excited for that exhibition, which came along at a time that was very difficult for me. I wish to be a successful person in this new world of mine.