Painter and photographer FATEMEH BURNES was born in Teheran, Iran, where she received training in traditional miniature painting. She first came to public attention as a poet, having her work read in public, including radio broadcast, at a very young age. Burnes came to the United States in1973, spent a five-year period between three continents (receiving further training in Europe), and settled in southern California in 1977. She continued her art education at Orange Coast College, California State University Long Beach, and California State University Fullerton, where she received her MFA in 1986. She has taught fine arts, design, art history, exhibition design, and curatorial studies at various institutions.
Since 1992 Burnes has been gallery director and curator as well as full-time professor of drawing and painting at Mt. San Antonio College, devoting the last two decades to art education and curriculum development in exhibition organization and design. In 2009, after a 14 year hiatus, Burnes returned to painting and also began working in photography. Her work has since gained national attention and has been reviewed extensively. Burnes’ first book of photography, entitled drift, was published by Zero+ Publishing and was featured at PhotoLA in 2012 and 2013. In March 2013, a solo exhibition of painting and photography, entitled “FATEMEH BURNES: Imprints of Nature and Human Nature,” was mounted at Mt. San Antonio college and was accompanied by a 220-page color catalog. Burnes' work in all media probes at the space between transformation in form and/or perception.
Fatemeh Burnes is represented in Orange County by the George Gallery, showing exclusively contemporary women artists: thegeorgegallery.com