“I did not find painting,” Mahnaz Weldy says, “painting found me.” In Weldy’s vividly colored acrylic on canvas works, emotions are the foundation of each image, while her sharp eye for line, color and composition gives those feelings a compelling form. Moving between purely abstract works and those in which human figures and cultural symbols emerge from bold strokes of color, Weldy has a strong sense of how color can add depth and movement to a painting. When that is combined with her skill at rendering a variety of textures—from energetic, swirling brushstrokes to soft, subtly modulated fields of color—the result is a body of work that takes the viewer on what the artist calls “a spiritual journey.”
Born in Iran, Weldy left the country following the Islamic Revolution to come to America, and that path can be seen in her images. Present in her work are both the hallmarks of Persian art, such as the use of rich colors and a disciplined formal sense, and the freedom and spontaneity of modern art. In bringing those worlds together, Weldy creates a distinctive world of her own.