anahita azrahimi is a visual artist and Executive & Creative Director of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. She draws the inspiration for her intricate and whimsical collage paintings from her memory of surreal subaqueous landscapes, microscopic terrains and cut-outs from her chosen fashion magazine – the one and only Vogue. She weaves the elements of these realms into an evocative and abundant feast of color and texture.
Her paintings and video works have been exhibited in galleries, events and festivals in Toronto and are held in private collections across North America and Europe.
anahita is currently the Executive Director of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s largest and longest-running juried outdoor art show since 1961. In this role, she has reinvigorated the organization’s legacy through strengthening its infrastructure, building robust partnerships and implementing essential new programs for artists and the public. Her experience as a visual artist has been instrumental in gaining a deeper understanding of the needs of independent artists and the community she serves.
Anahita has experience working with a diverse range of organizations and artists in contemporary dance, theatre and visual arts such as Creative Trust, Theatre Direct and Dancemakers to name a few. She sits on the advisory board of the Arts Management program at Centennial College and the WeeFestival of Arts and Culture for Early Years. She has served on the board of Modern Times Stage Company, the steering committee of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts, and has been a juror for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards – Dance section, and the Ontario Arts Council.
Her essential vitamin D capsule ingredients are: diving, discovering, dancing, dozing-off on a beach and daily daydreaming… in no particular order….
She studied studio arts and fundamentals of visual expression as her major in the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough. For over eight years before that, she studied painting independently with some of Iran’s leading artists. Since she believes curiosity doesn’t kill the cat, she has poked her nose into the realm of science and technology by earning a bachelor of science in biology and an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) Certificate.