Pantea Rahmani was born on September 10, 1971 in Tehran. At the age of 19, she sat out to study aesthetics , drawing , and painting seriously. She continued her studies in the Art University, in the Faculty of Plastic Arts , Tehran. From this period, she got very much interested in drawing and painting portraits.
Balthus, Giacometti and Modgiliani were her main sources of inspirtation at that time. During the same time, she also became interested in Mark Rothko's works and was very taken with the subject of surface and space. Human figures surrounded by semi-empty spaces are the subjects of her latest works.
She states her:
I like gardening, but what I garden is not green, it’s in grays and whites. I go gardening when I can’t escape this irresistible yearning to create and see ”growth”, in my palms. This growth; for me, Is like a gradual transcendence of gray shades into light.
The playful submergence of shades with one another and their constant flow towards illumination arises a quiver of eroticism buried in my belly, jus like a coiled snaked beginning to squirm.
When my eyes slide on the grays. I sense as if I am the one sliding on them. Recently, I can even tell the distinct smells of the gray tones of my garden from one another; unique smells for unique gray tones…
There’s tones of gray culminating in black, tones that allow white in, tones that fade and lose color and turn hollow and white as the canvas, and of course; there’s tones that transform into light.
When I see it from above, the whites surround the pale hollow gray, and vividly encapsulate and contain a void, and bring the void into space and matter, and so it “Matters”!
Making and creating are like breathing life into a void that needs to matter; I think the ultimate creation comes from voids that are meant to matter.
She has held many exhibitions at prominent art galleries and museums of Iran like Niavaran Cultural Center, Museum of contemporary of Arts and etc. She also has been invited by some international exhibitions like Dessin, Drawing exhibition in Kyoto University of Arts & Design, Japan and CROQU'ART (women's movements) in Brussels, Belgium.