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Samaneh Atef
Digitally Represented Artist
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
Previous Artist
  • Collection “Women in Prison”
Pen on Paper
16.5" x 12" 

    Collection “Women in Prison”

    Pen on Paper
    16.5" x 12"
  • For My Mother
Mixed Media on Paper
39.5" x 27.5" 

    For My Mother

    Mixed Media on Paper
    39.5" x 27.5"
  • Heavy
Pen on Canvas
16" x 12" 

    Heavy

    Pen on Canvas
    16" x 12"
  • Liberation
Mixed Media on Canvas
27.5" x 20" 

    Liberation

    Mixed Media on Canvas
    27.5" x 20"
  • Prayer
Pen on Canvas
12" x 8" 

    Prayer

    Pen on Canvas
    12" x 8"
  • Untitled 9
Pen on Paper
16.5" x 12" 

    Untitled 9

    Pen on Paper
    16.5" x 12"
  • Untitled 10
Pen on Paper
16.5" x 12" 

    Untitled 10

    Pen on Paper
    16.5" x 12"
  • Untitled 12
Mixed Media on Paper
27.5" x 20" 

    Untitled 12

    Mixed Media on Paper
    27.5" x 20"
  • Untitled 13
Pen on Paper
27.5" x 20" 

    Untitled 13

    Pen on Paper
    27.5" x 20"
  • Untitled 16
Pen on Paper
27.5" x 39.5" 

    Untitled 16

    Pen on Paper
    27.5" x 39.5"
  • Untitled 17
Pen on Paper
39.5" x 27.5" 

    Untitled 17

    Pen on Paper
    39.5" x 27.5"
  • Untitled 19
Pen on Map
35.5" x 43.5" 

    Untitled 19

    Pen on Map
    35.5" x 43.5"
  • Untitled 2
Pen on Paper
12" x 8" 

    Untitled 2

    Pen on Paper
    12" x 8"
  • Untitled 3
Pen on Canvas
12" x 8" 

    Untitled 3

    Pen on Canvas
    12" x 8"
  • Untitled 7
Pen on Canvas
16" x 12" 

    Untitled 7

    Pen on Canvas
    16" x 12"
  • Untitled 8
Pen on Canvas
16" x 12" 

    Untitled 8

    Pen on Canvas
    16" x 12"
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Samaneh Atef

While ornate and powerful in their own right, Samaneh Atef’s illustrations speak for much more than just themselves. Atef’s pen and ink drawings tell the story of womanhood from lifegiver to prisoner, from celebrated child-bearer and healer to scapegoat and everything in between. As a self-taught outsider artist, Atef creates work in the hopes that she may help to bring voice to those who still remain marginalized and voiceless in our world today. Replete with symbolism and rife with meaning, Atef’s drawings translate the universal stories of women worldwide, and some more personal stories from her own life and the women in her native country of Iran.

The eye frequents her images as do womb-type figures sprouting trees — or possibly veins, recalling the imagery cast on the placenta. Womanhood prevails as the overarching theme in her work and as Atef does not shy away from the gruesome realities of being female today (many of her pieces feature violence and bloodshed) she does so in a delicate and precise manner of her own making. Though she fashions her style on the heels of Frida Kahlo, Atef’s work is decidedly exceptional in presentation and imagination.

Atef lives and works in Southern France where she immigrated in February of 2020.