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Zahra Nazari
New Paltz, New York

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My paintings touch upon many things: feelings for particular landscapes and how the passage of time reclaims and shapes that terrain; a sense of moving through life, and of walking through cities while reflecting upon the elusiveness of space, whether among crowds or surrounded by emptiness. Aerial views, mind-mapping and tracing of different geographies play a role in my works.  

I am fascinated by the structural patterns of both old and new architecture, especially in its connection to adjacent topography. My goal is to make works that create several different interpretations and trigger dialogue with the viewer about multiple meanings in my work. My images often resemble abstract "urbanscapes." Sometimes they look like city maps and contain both aerial views and distorted perspectives. I insert combinations of structures from different architectural time periods within my paintings and routinely draw from both photographs of various places as well as imaginary building facades.

I consider the organization of space and how different structures effect people and their surroundings. Sometimes the resulting images are perplexing, but I am attracted to this sense of uncertainty because ambiguity draws the viewer deeper into my imagery.


born: 1985, Hamedan, Iran


School of Art & Architecture, Tabriz, Iran, BFA 2007

selected awards/honors

Honorable Mention Grant, Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT, 2013
Artist Residency Grant, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT, 2012
Graduate Scholarship, SUNY New Paltz, NY, 2012

selected publications

Manifest Gallery, 6th Annual Master Pieces Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
Zhou B Art Center: National Wet Paint Exhibition, Chicago, IL,  2012
Downtown Memphis Commission, Commercial Appeal, "Adding Splash of Color to Main Street", Memphis, TN, 2012
Saba Institution, 4th International Painting Biennial Islamic World, Tehran, Iran, 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Transition, Miller Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA, 2011

selected group shows

Worldview, Gallery 180, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL, 2012
Summer Show, The International School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture , Galleria ISA, Umbria, Italy, 2012
Reroot, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
Twenty in Their Twenties, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2012



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