Future Exhibitions

Art Shows

Koja Cafe is honored to dedicate a space to display the artworks of local artists in its place.

Every month we introduce a solo artist or a group of artists with their artworks and talents, building an environment for them to connect with their audience & fans.

Artists interested in displaying their artworks in Koja Cafe Art can contact us by email: koja.cafeart@gmail.com or call: 7786806171

(November 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Saeideh Rashidi Jey

Born on September 21, 1979 in Tehran, is a painter and instructor. Her paintings   were welcomed by those around her during her teenage years, which made her go to design classes at the Tehran Art Faculty and learn drawing from masters such as Dariush Hosseini and Zaighami.  Also, she learned the technic of oil painting from master Rahim Navahasti and learned other technics such as pastels and watercolours.  Also, some of her oil paintings have been published by well-known publications in Iran such as Yasavoli. Saeideh has attended more than 10 National Art Fairs individually and as a group between 2004-14 and Tehran EXPO 2007 and 2009. In 2006, Saeideh established the Kagoosh School of Visual Arts in Tehran and taught oil painting, drawing, pastel and watercolour to many students during those ten years. In 2016, Saeideh immigrated to Canada where she has worked in several art schools as art instructor and has inspired many painting lovers.  Most of his paintings are close to realism and impressionism.


Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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(October 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Nada Hamatto is a Canadian Artist with middle-eastern background, based in Vancouver BC. Hamatto is known for her expressionist emotions large scale portraits using two different techniques between brushes and palette knives. She graduated from school with a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Design. Hamatto has exhibited solo and group shows in Canada, USA, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Jordan just to name a few. Nada is also a Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Besides creating art on canvas, Hamatto works with hand painted pieces of furniture & uses everyday objects as her canvas. She is also known for her portraits of iconic pop figures. She uses her characterized style to capture emotions, aura, and feelings.

 

In this exhibition, Hamatto is also collaborating with Persian-Canadian calligrapher, Viktor Mascot, to bring some middle-eastern calligraphy motifs into her paintings. A number of mixed-media round pieces carry poems by Persian philosopher and astrologist, Omar Khayyam. Viktor Mascot embellished three of the paintings of women portraits with the popular protest slogans heard recently from within Iran and in solidarity from around the world: “Zan, Zendegi, Azadi” & “My Body is my right”, informed by the current uprising of women in Iran demanding their human rights and body autonomy.


Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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(September 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Pardis Barzali was born in 1984 in Gorgan, Iran. She studied Technology of Architecture in university and had her first exhibition in 2007 in Fakhr al-din Asad Gorgani hall. Since then, she has had several individual and group exhibitions of illustrative and impressionist paintings and sculptures in Gorgan and Tehran, in Kamal o-din Behzad, Kapri and White gallery. 
If you are supposed to put your whole life in a suitcase, what would you grab? 
What would you pick to remind you of your family, your childhood, and your all sweet and bitter memories, thousands of kilometers away from home, so you can withstand separation?
Two years ago, Pardis packed her past and the history of the place she belonged, and now she is going to unpack them here, in this frames, ten thousand kilometers away. She invites us to seat beside “Poorandokht” and “Shahrzad” and “Tahmineh” and “Montazer ol-Moluk” and… to hear their stories from “Shahnameh” and “one thousand and one nights”. Stories so familiar that looks like our own, regardless of nationality or race. This storyteller frames are companions to seat beside, drink tea, knit our narratives to theirs, cross borders and finally found ourselves in that familiar childhood house.

پردیس برزعلی در سال 1363 در شهر گرگان به دنیا آمد. او در دانشگاه به تحصیل در رشته تکنولوژی معماری پرداخت و اولین نمایشگاه انفرادی خود را در سال 1386 در تالار فخرالدین‌اسعد گرگانی و از آن پس چندین نمایشگاه انفرادی و گروهی نقاشی و مجسمه اغلب به سبک های امپرسیونیسم و تصویر گری ،در گرگان و تهران در گالری‌ کمال الدین بهزاد، کاپری و سفید برگزار کرد.
اگر قرار باشد زندگی‌تان را تنها در 46 کیلوگرم جای دهید چه چیزهایی را برمی‌دارید؟
چه چیزهایی را برمی‌دارید تا کیلومترها دورتر از آن زندگی آشنایی که داشتید، خانواده، کودکی و تجربه‌های تلخ و شیرینی را برایتان تداعی کند تا بتوانید دوری را تاب آورید؟
پردیس گذشته‌ی خودش و تاریخ مکانی که به آن تعلق داشته را دو سال پیش جمع کرد و همه را ده هزار کیلومتر دورتر، اینجا و در این قاب‌ها پهن کرد. حال ما را دعوت می‌کند تا کنار پوراندخت و شهرزاد و تهمینه و منتظرالملوک و ... بنشینیم تا آنها قصه‌هایشان را از شاهنامه تا هزار و یک شب برای ما نقل کنند. قصه‌هایی آنچنان آشنا که فارغ از هر ملیت و نژاد، به خاطرات خودمان می‌مانند. این قاب‌های قصه‌گو برای ما هم‌نشینانی هستند که می‌توانیم هر روز عصر کنارشان نشسته، چای بنوشیم و روایت‌های خودمان و آنها را در هم ببافیم، از مرزها عبور کنیم و خود را در همان خانه‌ی آشنای کودکی بازیابیم.

Opening: September 04  at 4 pm to 7 pm 
Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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(August 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Nazanin Yousefian

Born in Iran in 1997, she completed a Bachelor of Painting at the University of Bu_Ali Sina, Hamedan, Iran in 2019 and went on to obtain a Fine Arts degree at Langara College, Vancouver, Canada in 2022. She has exhibited consistently for the past 10 years both nationally and internationally.
Her first solo exhibition was in 2013 at the Arman gallery in Hamedan, and her first group exhibition was in 2019 in Gallery Athens, Greece. Since then, Nazanin has exhibited in various countries individually and collectively. Moreover, she had an experience in teaching painting since 2016. She can make sculptures and photography to perfection.

Opening: July 31  at 4 pm to 6:30 pm 
Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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Nature (July 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Maryam Esmaeily

Is an impressionist living in Port Moody, BC.

She started her painting journey over 22 years ago. She was living in Iran and was working at University of Tehran while completing her MBA. Painting brought her so much joy in her busy life that she could never give it up.

During her life journey from Iran to Canada or while travelling around the globe, painting spirit was present. 

In her current career as a business owner and a financial consultant, Art has always been a passion & hobby that helps her to expand her level of imagination and creativity.

 

She likes to see her paintings with more than one impression and loves to know what others can see in her abstract paintings.  Her goal is to reflect beauty, peace, joy and happiness through her art.

Her inspiration comes from nature, especially from the magical beauty of landscape and seascape of British Colombia.

Opening: July 10 at 2 pm to 7 pm 
Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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(June 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Kian Jafari is an Iranian-Canadian, Vancouver-based performer, Jazz pianist, piano teacher, award-winning composer and abstract artist. Born and educated in Iran, he received early training in Iranian and Western classical music. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in jazz and contemporary piano at Vancouver community College. He also holds a Master’s degree in English Language teaching. 

 

His passion for poetry, Jazz music and improvisation has inspired other creative expressions as well. His artwork is all improvised, similar to how a jazz musician develops ideas spontaneously to create beauty. The presence of the moment is captured on his canvases. Moreover, he often creates art using his fingers - feeling the paintings and the textures helps him to evolve his creations. Kian tries to express his respect for animals, nature, humanity, diversity, and more importantly, music in his artwork.

Opening: June 05 at 2 pm to 7 pm 
Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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Human (May 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Thea Fahimivala is a poet and a creative writer who has an exceptional appetite for looking into the world in search of the human being concept. Bodies and souls- physically and spiritually- are embedded in her works as metaphors for the spectrum of human existence.
“In this journey, there are moments when silence dominates, so the painting would be a remedy!”

It’s a tree roots into the sky.

It’s a tree, surrounded but wants to fly!


A tree! A creature has been praised over millenniums and has many symbolic features of physical and spiritual power, transformation, liberation, and fertility.
What distinguishes my trees is that these are rather metaphorical silhouettes of human existence with its own paradoxes: ambitions and limits, burdens and weaknesses, being attached but not belonged, mortality and infinity, certainties and doubts.
Is it a battle between positivity and negativity and we are its worriers, or it is just the way we exist?

 

There must be a plain.

There must be wind and the sun going down again.

There must be a herd pounding hard the plain!


Bovine has always had a strong presence in mythologies, ancient cultures, and religions; a symbol of power, fertility, the origin of life, and serenity.
In my works, these giant figures represent the physicality of human existence in its solid sense, a one-dimensional living which seems to focus only on one direction and is unaware of anything else outside that narrow perspective.
It draws a controversial landscape of our perception about ‘ourselves’ in relationship with the world and others.

Opening: May 1st at 2 pm to 4 pm 
Where: Koja Café at 239 St Georges Ave, North Vancouver BC, V7L 4T4

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​The Spring (April 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Mostafa Purmehdi, Parvin Sarabadani

Two Vancouver-based artists display their collaborative works of calligraphy and painting in 14 different art pieces. Mostafa Purmehdi, the calligrapher, has over 20 years of experience in Persian style calligraphy. Parvin Sarabadani is an artist who experiments with pouring painting and alcohol ink techniques. The theme of their collaborative works is Spring and the dance and poems and colours.

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​(March 2022) 

Artist Biography:

Mona Kia

was born in Tehran and graduated in computer engineering; since she was passionate about art, continued her education and earned her master’s in art, so involved in various traditional and modern art research; 
She was horned to refine her skills under Master Jamalpour's mentor-ship and during the past 23 years & demonstrate the Ancient and classic Persian arts in various art exhibitions.
She has a personal interest in miniature and fine arts (Conte, pastel, oil color); she is also passionate about mixed media, innovated by combining traditional and modern techniques and methods.  
She loves to work with youths and offers unique art training programs for talented kids and children.
Mona looks forward to interact with the community by sharing her vantage points reflected in her artworks.

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Exhibition 

(From 20 to 27 of Feb,2022) 

Artist Biographies:

Rayan and Radan Mulaei Tari started painting in 2019. They learned to paint inspired by nature and environment. After experimenting with pencil crayons, oil painting, and acrylic, oil painting was chosen. Painting has given so much color and glaze in their life. Rayan and Radan have learned from a professional art teacher, Monika Kaviani, different styles of painting. They are interested to be creative. They determined to learn different techniques and styles like realism, abstract, and modern. They came up with the idea of having an exhibition at Koja Café.

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Blue Sky (From 1st to 19th of Feb,2022) 

Artist Biography:

Ferry Chehrzad is a retired elementary & middle school Teacher. She has worked for 26 years in Iran Tehran. Also, she is teaching Farsi to students and adult as a second language since she moved to Vancouver. 

Her passion for drawing started in elementary school, then she took painting classes in 6th grade and continued throughout high school and college years.   Although she has learned from a professional great artist teacher Monika Kaviani different style of painting such as abstract, realism, impasto, and impressionism, but she gravitated towards conceptualism. That is why all her painting (watercolor or oil painting) are inspired by nature. 

The subjects of Ms. Chehrzad artwork are mostly driven by her own imagination and beauty of the nature.  

She accepts commissioned work. Her contact information will be provided upon request.  

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The Mirror Of Beauty (Jan,2022) 

Artist Biography:

Afsar Paidar believes painting passion had been always a part of her from childhood and even in the busiest time of her life as a mother of two kids and working outside, he was searching to find some times to follow her dreams.

About ten years ago, she continued seriously with her teacher ''Banafsheh" in Calgary to improve her skills in Watercolor. After moving to North Vancouver, 5 years ago, with the beautiful sceneries in this city, she was more inspired to put these beauties on her works. She got acquainted with a lovely mentor ''Monika Kaviani" and took her painting to a more professional level.

She got more improved with learning oil and acrylic painting techniques in the real and modern style. Lots of her artworks are based on conceptual and are original.     

You can visit her Instagram page:

http://www.instagram.com/boomandbanoo

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Vibrant Village (Dec 2021)

Artist Biography:

Roya Ghahramani has 20 years experience of Mechanical Engineering in oil & gas and chemical industries. She started painting from an early age in her home city, Shiraz. Her interests included sketching portraits, sculptures and miniature (Iranian painting style). She was honored the first award in Miniature from educational board of Shiraz, Iran when she was in 3rd grade high school.

She is passionate about painting in both realist and modern styles, as well as painting portraits. She has also teaching painting experience in her resume. You can visit her Instagram page:

http://www.instagram.com/roya_painting_artist

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Red Flowers (Dec 2021)

Artist Biography:

Born Farokh Vahabzadeh in Iran in 1975, Vabzy is a Persian-Canadian artist, painter and photographer. Vabzy is a very well-educated academician in the area of ethnomusicology, a former co-chair at Musée de l'Homme in Paris, speaks several languages, and currently he teaches philosophy and ethnomusicology at a university in south of France. His artistic skills are largely innate and supernatural. At a young age, he  pursued to be an electrical engineer, when his artistic nature sparked in the format of photography and then in later years he turned to the art of painting. In this collection, he is sharing some of his minimal and abstract paintings. You can browse his other collections on his Instagram www.instagram.com/vabzy

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Geranium Pot (Nov 2021)

In the "Geranium Pot" exhibition, a selection of water ink artworks by a Vancouver-based artist Azadeh Parsi M. are displayed. Azadeh quit her successful engineering job to pursue a career in arts as a painting artist. Today her paintings have been displayed at different art galleries including the Federation of Canadian Artists. You can visit her works on Instagram: www.instagram.com/azadeh_18b  

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Geranium Pot (Nov 2021)

Parvin Sarabadani returns with another selection of her painting pieces and displays different fluid painting techniques on large canvases. Parvin is a Vancouver-based artist. She picked up painting as a way of meditation to stay sane, and each of her works narrate a glimpse of what happened in her life during 2020-2021.

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"T" (Oct 2021)

Three Vancourver-based artists displayed their collaborative works of calligraphy, painting and illustration in 20 different art pieces. Viktor Mascot, the calligrapher, has over 20 years of experience in Persian style calligraphy. Parvin Sarabadani is an artist who experiments with pouring painting and alcohol ink techniques. Maryam Amiri is an illustrator with several years of professional experience. The theme of their collaborative works are the poems of Iranian literaries such as Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri, Nizami, Hafez, etc.

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Reminiscence (Aug-Sep 2021)

in the "Reminiscence" exhibition, Vancouver-based artist Parvin Sarabadani, displayed a selection of her artworks. In this show, she reflects on the ups and downs of her experience through the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. She picked up painting as a way of meditation to stay sane, and each of her works narrate a glimpse of what happened in her life during 2020-2021.

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