“A Day in the Life” with Visual Artist Tayebe Joodaki

Tayebe Joodaki was born in Iran, a country with a long history in art and culture. She showed a talent for painting at a young age, which her family initially discouraged. However, she persisted and continued to attend painting classes during summer breaks. Eventually, her parents recognized her talent and started supporting her. After graduating in Agricultural Engineering, Tayebe studied realistic painting under the guidance of renowned artists in Iran and decided to become a full-time artist. Tayebe immigrated to Canada in 2015 and received the New Canadian Artist Award from the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, in 2016. Also, she was honoured as a Finalist in the 22nd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (2018). One year later, in 2019, she received the 30th International Artavita Online Art Contest Award. She was invited to publish her paintings in the book “Current Masters” and submit her work to international galleries in New York such as Artexpo. She was invited to have a presentation as a role model at Columbia College on Women’s Day 2023. Tayebe has worked as an accomplished instructor with the Calgary Board of Education, Kerby Centre, Swinton‘s Art, Women Center, YYC/LRT public artwork/studio, and the “Paint Ur Art Out” Gallery. Tayebe has recently moved to the US to continue her artistic journey.

-Written by her spouse

Tayebe Joodaki
Tayebe Joodaki, visual artist
Tayebe Joodaki
Eyes Talk, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 15×11′
Eyes, 2016, Oil on Canvas, 11×7′
Horse, 2022, Oil on Canvas, 30×24
Enjoying the weather in the park
Puppy, 2020, Charcoal, 11×11′
Tayebe Joodaki
Tiger, 2016, Chalk Pastel, 25×32′
Tayebe Joodaki
Kord Girl, 2022, Chalk Pastel, 28×20


Which ’hood are you in?

I used to live in downtown Calgary, near Prince’s Island Park, which offered me a stunning view of Bow River every morning. I loved spending hours in the park, painting and taking photos. As part of the “Reimaging Artists” project, I painted one of my photos taken in this park, in collaboration with the University of Calgary, at Contemporary Calgary. Currently, I reside in the Contemporary Arts Museum neighborhood in Houston, Texas.

What do you do?

I am a realistic artist and instructor who enjoys teaching and sharing the most effective techniques in drawing and painting. I use various materials, including oil paint, watercolours, chalk pastels, and acrylic, to create my artwork. My work reflects my dreams, poems, and daily life experiences. I engage in overlaying depictions of places, portraits, and moments in my artistic practice.

What are you currently working on?

As I recently moved to the US, I am planning to hold an exhibition that connects my artistic life in Calgary and Houston.

Where can we find your work?

In the new country, I am eager to connect with the local art society and exhibit my artwork in galleries and exhibitions.

However, my art can always be found on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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