Samaneh Motalebi (Tehran, 1986) is an Iran-based artist who earned her B.A. in graphic design from Shariati University, Tehran. Motalebi puts a spin on conventional portraiture by using thick-woven thread, a technique she herself introduced. The faces of Motalebi's subjects are noticeably blank, inviting viewers to substitute their own. Doing so might result in facial-floral overgrowth, or a large insect covering the face. Motalebi's original artwork has been featured in numerous museums, galleries, and auctions.