Haveli Home & Decorative Arts/Artists

Melika Saeeda

I was born in, grew up and started my artistic journey in Iran. My style draws upon traditional Persian painting (Persian Miniatures), the “flatness” and unique composition of which are surprisingly contemporary.

After getting my BFA, I studied Graphic Design at TM university in Tehran. Meanwhile, I started working as a freelance illustrator. Over the past ten years, I have illustrated more than 30 children’s books in Turkey and Iran, and all the time I was trying to tell my story with my language, picture language. My works have been shown in exhibitions and book fairs in Iran, The Emirates, South Korea and here in Canada. Since I moved to Canada in 2017, start using this potential of telling story to do some mural project, Bell Box mural project was the first Project in 2018, then “Streetartoronto” mural projects in 2019 and 2020,  then more Bell Box Mural Project in 2019 and 2020, “Womxn” Paint mural Project at Finch street West 2019 and live painting at Tiff 2020 and Window Wonderland going to be the most exciting project for this year!

My style has changed from Miniature to Mural, but, like my work as an illustrator, I try to use this medium’s potential for telling stories.

Artist Inspiration

Upon my first visit to Haveli Home Decorative Arts, the environment was so familiar to me – the scent, colours, and textures took me to a memory where my grandfather told me and my cousins of his trip from Turkey to America. We wanted to keep this idea of being together and telling each other stories, a feeling most of us are familiar with and yearn for in these times. 

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Grace An

Grace An is an animator and character-maker based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently making a film with the National Film Board of Canada and pursuing a part-time MFA at OCAD University.

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