Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, New Media Specialist

Graphic Art Professor, IAU University

Docent, Art Gallery of Ontario

Member of Icograda IDA International Council of Graphic Design Association

As part of her background as a teacher and an artist, she offers more than fifteen years experience teaching Graphic Design and Visual Communication to graduate and undergraduate students. Formally, she holds an M.A in Illustration, B.A in Graphic Design, and PhD in Strategic Communication from University of Toronto.

She is a faculty member of Art and Architecture at Iran Azad University.

Individually, and as part of a team, she has participated in dozens of international and domestic exhibitions, awarded twice.

Achieving “The acknowledgement of Achievement in Art” from University of Toronto is one of her very recent accomplishments.

Mehrnaz has been very active with the educational department of Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), serving as an Art Educator/Docent for 5 years.

Aside from these, Mehrnaz is a keen humanitarian. She has been a volunteer for many non-profit and charitable organizations. Some of Mehrnaz’s current and past volunteer commitments include: The Federated health charities, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO),War Child Canada, Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, where she has donated her artworks and dedicated her time for support.


– PhD in Strategic Communication, University of Toronto, 2012

– Master of Art in Illustration, Iran Azad University, Tehran, Iran, 1995

– Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran, 1991

A C A D E M I C    A P P O I N T M E N T S

– Professor, Faculty of Graphic Design and Visual Communication, 1999 to present

– Docent, Educational Department, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2008 to present

– Instructor, Faculty of Digital Design, Canadian Business College, 2009

P R O F E S S I O N A L    E X P E R I E N C E

– User Interface Design Specialist, CN Tower, Toronto, 2012-2013

– Webmaster, HROntario, Ministry of Government Services, 2009 to 2012

– Creative Director, Visual Communication Association, 2000-2008

– Senior Graphic Designer, Fureza Latina Community Center, Toronto, 2008

– Senior Graphic Designer, Davenport- perth Newspaper, Toronto, 2008

– Graphic Designer, War Child Canada, Toronto, 2009

M  E  M  B  E  R  S  H  I  P  S      I  N      P  R  O  F  F  E  S  S  I  O  N  A  L      S O C I  E  T  I  E  S

– Member of Icograda (IGDA), International Council of Graphic Design Association, 2004 to present

– Member of Iranian Graphic Design Society (IGDS), 2002 to present


– The HROntario / MGS 2011 Awards of Excellence, May, 2011

-Silver Medal, For Poster designs in the 8th International Poster Biennial, awarded by National Bank, March, 2003

– Award for excellence in university teaching from Azad University of Iran, 2006

G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

  • Contemporary Painter , 2014 , Persian Idea Gallery
  • The 6th Annual Art Gallery of Ontario Staff Show, The Artist of the Gallery, Hang Man Gallery, Toronto, Winter 2013
  • Toronto Art Fair, St.Lawrence Art Market, July 2012
  • The 5th Annual Art Gallery of Ontario Staff show, The Artist of the Gallery ( AOG), Hang Man Gallery, Toronto, March 2011
  • The  4th Annual Art Gallery of Ontario Staff Show, Hang Man Gallery, Toronto, March 2010
  • The Past 50 years of Typography and Calligraphy in Iranian Graphic Design, York University. Department of Visual Art, Toronto, 2008
  • The Past 50 years of Typography and Calligraphy in Iranian Graphic Design HGK Basel Academy of Art Switzerland. 2007
  • Ashoora Painting and New Art Exhibition. 2005
  • The First International Poster Biennial of the Islamic World. 2005
  • Un cir persan 3, La Louviere. Belgique. 2004
  • Exposition des jeunes graphistes Iraniens. Paris. France. 2004
  • The 8th Tehran International Poster Biennial. 2004
  • The 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial. 2004
  • Iranian Graphic Designers Exhibition Chaumont, France. 2003
  • Iranian Graphic Designers Exhibition Echirolls, France. 2002
  • The 7th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 2002
  • The 6th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1999
  • Manifestation of Feeling (3). 1996
  • The 5th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1996
  • The 4th Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1994
  • The 3rd Biennial of Iranian Graphic Designers, 1992

S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S

  • Mix-Media Painting, Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2010
  • Ancient Iranian Patterns (1), Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, 1996
  • Installation Art, Iran Academy of Art, Tehran, 2008
  • Photo-Illustration, House of Art, Tehran, 2007
  • Mix Media Painting, Mina Gallery, Tehran, 2006
  • Water colour Painting, Iran Contemporary of Art Center, 2006
  • Mixed Media Painting, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran. 2002
  • Ancient Iranian Patterns (2), Aria Gallery, Tehran.2000
  • Painting Exhibition, Vali Gallery, Tehran. 1998