Farah Ossouli (b. 1953, Zanjan, Iran), graduated from the painting department of Tehran High School of Fine Arts in 1971, and received her B.A. in Graphic Design from the Fine Arts department,Tehran University in 1977. Ossouliʼs work draws on her wide-ranging background, experience, and passionate involvement in painting, photography, film, animation, graphic design, literature, and theatre. During her forty-year career as an artist, Ossouli has achieved a fusion of techniques, materials, themes, and storytelling, which has evolved into her personal style. She has been among the artists to introduce contemporary themes and ideas into miniature painting, before this practice was widely adopted by many of the regionʼs artists. The expressive aspects of Farah Ossouliʼs works are the results of her narrative style. To create a context, she has used Persian poetry in many of her works, including the “Hafez” series, but the particular feature of her work is the structures she forms on this context. The use of rich visual and literary cultures, along with traditional and contemporary tools, has made her works universal. Ossouliʼs traveling exhibitions held in Iran and abroad, alongside the acquisition of her works by different museums and collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Art Gallery WA in Australia, The British Museum and The Museum of Contemporary art in Tehran, are perhaps the results of specific and yet universal narratives. Ossouli was a co-founder of the first womenʼs art group DENA in 2001, which introduced three generations of Iranian womenʼs artists with different voices both in Iran and abroad. Alongside her own practice, she also advises graduate students on their art theses, curates national and international exhibitions, including the 6th Painting Biennial of Tehran (2003), regularly mentors young artists and participates as a jury in biennials and competitions, since 1998.