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Hana Louise Shahnavaz
b. 1985, Iran

Hana Louise Shahnavaz is a British-Iranian painter based in London; known for her vibrant large-scale miniature paintings that are characterised by an abundance of exquisite detail. Her colourful palette of pigments is made from semi-precious stones, plants and earth as well as 24ct gold, giving her work a jewel-like quality. Hana’s work is a celebration of the natural world and, being inspired by Persian art and literature, opens portals into classical and folk traditions, which are imbued with poetry and esoteric teachings. These are then brought to life by Hana in mesmerising and engaging works that charm the viewer and invite them into the profound ancient stories they tell.

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Artist Statement


My use of detail is a celebration of everything, no matter how small. Now more than ever is the time to enjoy and revive the feeling of sacredness being present in all things; to become reconnected to the Source. Hopefully my paintings can help facilitate a sense of re-connecting with Nature, and in turn our Selves, so we can further work towards building a sense of togetherness.



2015 - 2017 Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, London, UK
2005 - 2008 School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, London, UK

Solo exhibitions

2019 START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2018 START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions

2022 ‘The Phygital Dimension’ NFT Exhibition by Emergeast, Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
2022 ‘In Drought, Rhymes Blossom’ Exhibition by Bavan Gallery, Foundry Downtown, Dubai, UAE
2017 Launch Show, Pygmalion Fine Art, London, UK
2017 Degree Show, Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London ,UK


2017 Ciclitira Prize, Presented by HRH Prince Charles
2015 - 2017 The Albukhary Foundation Scholarship

Publications / Interviews

2021 Manoto TV Plus
2021 ZH Magazine – The Art & Culture
2021 Roge Media with Jian Ghomeshi – episode 89
2020 MBC Persia – Chandshanbe Ba Sina
2020 BBC Persian – Interview
2020 Gallery Girl – Podcast Interview
2019 Hendi & Hormuz: Screen talk with Hana Louise Shahnavaz, Barbican Centre, London, UK
2018 6 Questions: British-Iranian painter Hana Louise Shahnavaz, Lux Magazine
2018 Hana Shahnavaz interview, gowithYamo