Meidi Karampour

“Learn how to see, realize that everything connects to everything else. Leonardo Da Vinci”


Meidi Karampour is a contemporary figurative and portrait painter residing in the US. He has been trained with skills to paint from life under world renowned artist Nelson Shanks supervision. Meidi has had solo shows and participated in different group shows in Iran and the US, and has sold to different private collections internationally. He is currently a TA at Missouri State University. 



  • 2023: MFA in Visual Studies at “Missouri State University”
  • 2016: “Studio Incamminati” Contemporary Realism, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012: Bachelor of Architecture from “Islamic Azad University” at Booshehr, Iran


Teaching Experiences:

  • 2020 – current: Drawing Instructor (TA) at Missouri State University; Courses taught: Drawing l & ll
  • 2016 – current: Painting instructor/Owner at Figurative Academy


Professional Experiences and Projects:

  • 2017: Guest artist: Color in painting history lecture; private studio, Haft-Tir, Tehran; 20 participants
  • 2017: Guest artist: Development of Technique in History of Painting lecture; private studio, Enghelab st, Tehran; 35 participants
  • 2016: Founding Figurative Academy, Tehran & Booshehr- Iran;
  • 2013: Guest artist: Public painting demonstration at “Booshehr Cultural Complex 9 December”, Approximately 50 participants; painting a portrait from life
  • 2012: Designer at Pars Bana Architectures, an ATEC Consultants branch at Booshehr


Selected Honors and Awards:

  • 2022: Missouri State University Art + Design Non-Thesis scholarship, Springfield, MO
  • 2021: Guest artist at residency Two Rivers Forge & Studio. Missouri, US
  • 2020: First place at juried group exhibition of Art and Design department. Missouri State University. Springfield, MO
  • 2016: Winner of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 32000$ scholarship. Philadelphia, PA
  • 2015: Winner of “The D Colman Witte” 2500$ scholarship award of the “Philadelphia foundation”. Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014: Winner of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 11000$ scholarship. Philadelphia, PA


Selected Exhibitions:


Selected Publications:


Mentionable private collections:

  • 2018: Ehsan Abdipour collection, Film director
  • 2017: Manohchehr Motabar collection, Artist
  • 2015: Sold at “The Union League of Philadelphia” silent auction, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014: Leo Boccardi collection, Vatican ambassador, sold at “Iran Art Gallery“, Tehran-Iran


Honors & awards



Winner of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 11000$ scholarship



Winner of "The D Colman Witte" 2500$ scholarship award of the "Philadelphia foundation"



Winner of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 32000$ scholarship



Winner of Missouri State University GTA position.



First place at MSU juried group exhibition of Art and Design department