Fariba Baghi paints ethereal abstracts that explore the connections between the human body and the delicate elements of nature. Though she paints mainly in earthen tones, Baghi achieves a lightness in her work, due to her mastery of texture. In acrylic, homemade organic paint, and sometimes even in cement, she stretches and layers her colors. Paint becomes a gauzy film, dries up here, and floats away there.
Baghi’s personal experiences contain unusual paradoxes, the contrasts of which show up in her work. Though interested in art from a young age, growing up in Iran made it difficult for her to find models to draw. Today, her figures are imbued with mystery: their faces are obscured, their body language uncertain. They dissipate at the edges, turning into pure pigment. Baghi also sometimes incorporates photographs for a mixed-media collage, which adds to the otherworldly effect of the universe she has created.
Baghi was born in Tehran, Iran and today lives in Toronto, Canada, where she went to college. She has donated several of her paintings to the Canadian film company Phoolan Devi.