Lives and works in Canada and Afghanistan


Hangama graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA (Major in Fine Arts) in 2012, and has exhibited her paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her first solo exhibition, The Wind-Up Dolls, was displayed at the Anna Leonowens Gallery in the fall of 2011. The paintings are psychological and social portraits of six Afghan women whom the artist met on a visit back to her homeland Kabul, Afghanistan in the year of 2010. She won the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Voluntarism Award and received an honourable mention for the 2008 Newcomer Achievement Award.

Artist Statement

As an emerging artist to Canada from Afghanistan, Hangama Amiri is fascinated by cross-cultural dialogue and themes such as childhood ecstasy, expanded identity, language, and emotional nature of memory. She is interested in painting in the styles of representational realism and abstract realism using large-scale two-dimensional surfaces, using paint to integrate mixed media including, oil, acrylic, screen-printing, and earth.