A native Farsi speaker and immigrant to the United States, Noorzai quickly established her studio practice at Creative Growth in Oakland, CA, despite obstacles of communication and cultural navigation. Her tenacity is demonstrated in her bold portrait paintings that are inspired by a plethora of source material. Her strong and stark outlines provide loose structure for the heavy and confident brush strokes that permeate her figures with dynamic expression and presence. A master of color, Noorzai paints figures that are, like herself, bright, mercurial, and undaunted by the gaze of others.
Latefa Noorzai’s work has been featured several years in a row at the Outsider Art Fairs in Paris and New York, and was nominated for the Art Absolument Prize in 2019.