Samira Hodaei (born in Tehran in 1981) graduated in art studies from the Alzahra Art University in Tehran and was for several years studio assistant to the celebrated Iranian artist Reza Derakshani. Since 2010, she has been sponsored by the Oryx Foundation and regularly works in the guest artist's studio it provides in Switzerland. In Europe she is held in the highest regard, while she has not publicly exhibited her works in her homeland so far.
Hodaei has developed her painting in a remarkable fashion in a relatively short space of time. She has found her way to a style of painting, in which tiny dots are applied with glass paint to the surface of the picture, thereby giving it a particularly tactile structure. At the same time, this ‘dotted’ representation makes it more difficult for one to grasp the motifs. Both distance and closeness are the fundamental issues generally explored by Hodaei. The point of departure for her work as an artist lies very much within herself.  She is, so to speak, a kind of personal indicator of the current sensitivities in Iranian society – in particular those concerning women in relation to their unclear and contradictory roles.
1981 Born in Teheran, Iran, lives and works in Tehran.
2007 Graduation from the Alzahra Art University, Tehran.
2005–2010 Assistant to Reza Derakshani.
Since 2010 Several residencies in Switzerland.
Since 2006 Participation in numerous group exhibitions outside Iran; since 2010 several solo exhibitions in Switzerland and Europe.