My work is rooted in my early years in Iran. Growing up in an opressed society has given me the desire to express myself freely on canvas. With pure color, strong contrast and swirling swelling forms in space, I reinvent the lines and shapes I remember from Persian miniatures and ancient art.
Bahijeh Mehri was born in Teheran, Iran. She began her studies in art at American University in Beirut, Lebanon. When she emigrated to the United States in 1960, she continued her art studies at Silvermine Guild for three years. Subsequently, she studied at the Art Student League, New York City, and Wooster Art Center, Connecticut. Ms Mehri has had numerous exhibitions in the Northeast, including solo exhibitions at Mussavi Gallery, New York City, in 1984, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York City, in 1988, 1990, 1992, and 1994, at Ridgefield Guild, Connecticut, in 1983, and Tiglieto Gallery, Kent Connecticut in 1994. She has also exhibited in many group shows including Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, Richer Art Center, SCAN, Wooster Art Center, Connecticut, and annually at the West Street Artists' Co-op, Connecticut. Bahijeh Mehri is a founding member of the West Street Artists' Co-op and is a past director of the group. She is actively involved in the arts in her community.