Born and raised in Tehran, Aida Izadpanah is an award-winning artist and educator living in New York City. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology and is a former Teaching Assistant at Art Students League of New York. Aida is author of the book Child, Play and City: Processes, Principles and Criteria for Planning and Design of Children’s Play Spaces (published in Farsi) and co-author of a book in process (in English) about humanitarian visual representations of war-affected children.
She has been a Research Associate in the City University of New York Graduate Center’s distinguished Children’s Environment Research Group, and has designed and led workshops for children at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum, and other cultural institutions in New York City.
Aida creates large-format mixed-media and porcelain sculptural works, paints and teaches painting in her Manhattan art studio. She has had solo exhibitions in New York City and Los Angeles, participated in many group shows, and won a fellowship to paint in Paris, France. She was the 2017 artist in residence in the College of Arts, Culture, and Humanities at Stony Brook University (SUNY), and was featured in a cover story in Lines from the League magazine.