Soody Sharifi is an Iranian-American artist based in Houston. Her work primarily deals with the paradoxes and contradictions inherent in living between two cultures.
In many of her series, she has explored the notion of identity and what it means to participate in two cultures from both an outsider’s and an insider’s perspective. Through different series, she investigates this concept as it applies to Moslem youth in Iran and US and their emerging concept of self-identity - specifically how they accommodate modernity and the indulgences and exploration specific to youth within a very traditional society.
She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Houston; she was awarded as the cultural art Council of Houston individual artist grant recipient in 2012 and was a finalist for the Jameel Art Prize in London in 2011. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2004 and has been collected by Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Portland, and Farjam Collection, United Arab Emirates.