ICAI invites you to Zoom artist talk with Lida Soghrati and Ighoche Ogwiji on Sunday November 29th, 4pm.
Feel free to join the chat via https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83065134989. These artists will be talking about their journey and their aspirations as immigrant artists in Calgary
Lida was born in Iran and took her first steps as an artist from early childhood. Since she could grab a pencil, she has always been drawing on paper sheets and book margins. Later, in her teenage years, she began to learn art professionally.
Lida obtained her first award in her sixteen as the winner of the 6th Iranian competition of painting for water-saving, in 1998. She was appreciated as the young winner of the festival too.
The applied fine art didn’t satisfy her explorer soul, academic study in visual communication has made her stronger to execute her creative artistic ideas. She received a B.A. in art in 2006 and an M.A. in 2009 in visual communication from the University of Soore, Tehran, Iran.
She attended four group poster design exhibitions and two panel sculpture exhibitions in Iran. After immigration to Canada in 2015, she was full of hope to continue to Calgary’s art community and make her way and successes here in her new territory.
She had a seasonal workshop at St. Marry University and an art show at Central Public Library. Simultaneously, her artwork, along with her business plan, was selected as one of the top ten finalists at the Bow Valley College, Chiu School of Business, Venture Quest business contest. The contest followed with an art show at bow Valley College in 2016. Moreover, She attended “Art from the Unknown” art show hosted by the premier of Alberta.
In the new series of her works, she draws a series of women by charcoal, and she wants to show that good and bad have no apparent criteria; and no one can judge another by appearance. Her body of works are the images of women with staring eyes and stunned faces, yet beautiful and delicate. Her art looks very clear and straight while a secret is hidden there. In most of her works, she does not need color. Her art conveys beauty to the audience in black and white. These are the women of the land who seem to be waiting for something good every day. She hopes to change some societies’ misconceptions about women and women’s freedom.
Ogwiji Ighoche professionally known as OgwijiIghoche, with a preferred name Igho, is a family man residing in North West Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is a painter, sculptor (Wrought Metal) who started his carrier from childhood, drawing images in the sand. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Fine Arts (Painting) in a polytechnic college of Nigeria in 1995. Since then Ighoche has participated in both solo and combined exhibitions in both Nigeria and Calgary.
Art according to OgwijiIghoche is a statement of his creative mind that spells the colors and images life mirrors in picturesque arrays before his mind’s eye to render in his concepts of choice. Ighoche represents his appeal of nature as it catches his eyes mostly in oil on canvas, charcoal on paper, watercolors, wood burning and any other different materials