Upcoming Exhibitions 2013-2014
December 5th to January 19th
Zahra Nazari was born and raised in Iran and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art & Architecture, Tabriz, Iran in July 2007. She moved to the United States in 2011 to pursue her master studies in fine arts and establish her career as an artist. Currently she lives in New Paltz, NY, where she is an MFA student in Painting/Drawing. She also teaches printmaking and acts as lecture coordinator for the art department at State University of New York, New Paltz, NY.
While residing in Iran, Nazari was highly influenced by her visits to the ruins of ancient historical sites. Nazari’s move to America brought about a series of paintings that contain metaphors for the unsettled sensations formed when living in a dissimilar culture. These paintings merge her feelings for ancient and modern architectural forms with floating, collapsing and shifting environments. The results are fictitious structures situated within imaginary landscapes.
During 2012, Nazari was awarded an artist’s residency fellowship at the at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT, and she was also an artist in residence at the International School of Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. In 2013 she was awarded an artist’s residency grant by the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, as well as a Platte Clove artist’s residency in Arkville, NY.
Nazari’s work is in several private collections, and her works have been exhibited internationally in both Iran & Italy. In 2012 her work was shown at the Illinois Institute of Art, Woman Made Gallery and Zhou B Art center all in Chicago, IL, Clifton Cultural Arts Center and Manifest Gallery both in Cincinnati, OH and the Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, Portland, OR . In 2013 she exhibited at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, the Painting Center and SUNY Global Center both in New York, NY, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ and at the Shainberg Gallery, Memphis, TN. Her next solo exhibit is scheduled for The Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA, in 2015.
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