Golnar Adili was born in Virginia and moved to Iran when she was four.
She holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan, where she received the Thesis Award and was the recipient of the Booth Traveling Fellowship to Tehran, in 2006.
She has attended residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts in Bellagio, Italy; Smack Mellon in Brooklyn; the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire; Ucross Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming; Lower East Side Printshop in NYC, Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey, the Center for Book Arts NYC, Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York; and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; among others.
Some of the venues Adili has shown her work include Nurture Art in Brooklyn; Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA; Cue Art Foundation in NYC; International Print Center in NYC; and the Lower East Side Printshop in NYC.
Some of the grants she has received include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books; the Puffin Foundation Grant; and the Urban Artist Initiative Grant.
Golnar is currently a scholarship recipient at Manhattan Graphics Center (NY).