Atessa Hooshvar is a multidisciplinary artist, working and experimenting in both visual arts and performing arts.
Atessa holds a BSc. for Mathematics from the University of Tehran. She has researched and written about the Mysterious world of Math, Art and Music as this is a subject dear to her heart.
Born and raised in Iran, to a family valuing and caring for all aspects of Persian Arts from literature and Poetry to Music and Architecture, Atessa found herself in an amazing world of Persian literature and Iranian traditional music from childhood. She started her musical education with Maestro Amir Pourtorab at the age of 7. She studied the Santour, Violin, Vocal all within the structure of Radif Training from renowned Iranian Music Masters, Ms. Sepideh Rais Sadat, Ostad Davoud Ganjei, Ostad Majid Kiani, and Ostad Mohammad-Reza Shajarian.
While learning and exploring in the Traditional music realm, Atessa continued her studies in other aesthetical disciplines, Persian visual arts, architecture and poetry. Atessa immediately began experimenting while learning and discovering in these fields.
Atessa has performed and participated in many musical events both small and large, as a solo artist as well as in a group. She has instructed and taught music to children and young adults for years, all along continuing her research on the relationship between Iranian traditional music and mathematics.
Atessa has had 3 major art exhibitions during the past couple of years. Her recent works focus on Collage, Mosaics and Folk toy making. Atessa has done book cover illustration and storytelling in her resume. She was an active member of Iranian Mathematics Society, Iran’s Logic Society, The Children Book Council of Iran, University of Tehran’s early childhood education team for years. Atessa is also an active participant in fundraising art shows for Cancer patients.
Atessa calls herself a person floating between the worlds of Art and Science. She is an analytical thinker and a carefree Artist. Atessa is a three times cancer survivor, a mother, a wife, a citizen of the world and a maker.
In February of 2015, she decided to start a meaningful activity and founded Hooshvar Foundation as a Canadian Not for Profit Organization along with her family and the direct leadership of her father.
Hooshvar Foundation started with the raw idea of exhibiting Folk Toys of Tehran in Canada for a couple of days. But after a short while, they realised that there is more to the mission of the Hooshvar Foundation than a simple Toy exhibition and this mission was connecting the core and essence of people, (humanity) together through their Folk Toys and eventually their Folk Arts and Oral cultures. Something that is diminishing in the fast-paced world and ever growing Globalisation.
Professor Hooshvar, who is one of leading Iran’s Urban and Human Geographers, soon realised that there is a vital need for migrant communities to share, explore, preserve and cherish their own Culture and sub-culture and keep their identity, in the big picture of the world. He directs the Hooshvar Foundation to pursue the utilisation of Folk Arts and Oral culture to:
1- Bridging the Generation Gap, 2- To promote friendship and understanding among nations and 3- To help the individual’s well-being.
Hooshvar Foundation has lead over 20 successful workshops and events in the past 2 years, including: Kite Festival, Toy Making Workshops, Shahnameh Ferdowsi classes, “My Culture, Your Culture, Our Heritage” panel and Nowruz celebrations.
Currently Hooshvar Foundation has started Art awareness classes for children 5-7 and 8-11 years and continues with Shahnameh Ferdowsi classes every Friday 7- 8:30 at Red Maple Public School.