b. 1965 Iranian-Canadian
Paria Shahverdi was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, during the Islamic Revolution. During the Iran/Iraq war, she worked as an operator at a local newspaper, but stopped working to raise her young children. During this time, inspired by the memory of her father, a poet and playwright, Paria explored writing and drawing. Ultimately, she graduated from the Fine Arts Program at the Azad University of Tehran.
After immigrating to Canada in 2004, Paria continued her education through the Animation program at Seneca College, and at the Toronto School of Art. A well respected arts organizer, Paria is Vice President of the Ontario Society of Artists, and an elected Member of the Canadian Society of Artists, the McMichael Art Collection, and the Iranian Society of Artists.