Mahsa R Fard was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. She studied painting at the School of Art and Architecture in Tehran. She moved to the US to pursue her education at Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 2019 with a MFA in Painting. Since then, she has been working in her studio in Baltimore, MD.
Growing up in Iran, she has always been conscious of the dominant patriarchal gaze both in the public and private sphere. As a woman navigating through these masculine orders requires a wide range of strategies. Mahsa represents these orders and speculates possible scenarios to reveal and maneuver through her painting.