Zahra Nazari

Fragrant Roots, 2019

Zahra Nazari

acrylic on canvas

56×36 inches

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

The House by the Water, 2019

acrylic on canvas

56×36 inches

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

520 West 28th Condo, 2018

acrylic on canvas

68×56 inches

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

Tatlin’s Tower, 2018

acrylic on canvas

68×56 inches

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

Born in Hamedan, Iran

Lives and works in New York, NY

Education

2012-2014

-M.F.A. State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

2003-2007

– B.F.A. School of Art & Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran

Selected Fellowships, Awards & Residencies

2020

-Artist Residency, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY (October-November 2020)

-Creative Engagement Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC), New York, NY

-Artist Residency, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY (forthcoming)

-Artist Residency Fellowship, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2019

-Artist Grant, The Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ

-New Work Grant, Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), Queens, NY

-Bethea Scott Owen Fellowship & Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA

2018

-Scholarship Award, Manhattan Graphic Center, New York, NY

-Emerging Artist Award, Elevision Digital Media Broadcast, Dubai, UAE

-Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Lake Placid, NY

2017

-Artist Residency, Tao Hua Tan Artist Retreat & Painting Residency, Tao Hua Tan, Anhui, China

-Artist Residency, Yaddo, (Wait Listed), Saratoga Springs, NY

2016

-Visiting Artist Fellowship, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), North Adams,MA

-Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

-Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Brooklyn, NY

-Artist Residency, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY

-Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

-2015 Teaching Artist Residency Fellowship, Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

-Artist Residency MAISON des ARTISTES, The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT

-Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, NY

-Van Lier Residency Fellowship, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, Staten Island,NY

2014

-Visiting Artist in Residence, Montgomery College, (AIR) Fall Semester, Silver Spring, MD

-Exhibition Award, Art Maryland 2014, Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD

-Best in Show Winner, PINNACLE National Art Competition 2014, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee,FL

2013

-Artist Residency Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

-Artists-in-Residence, Platte Clove, Arkville, NY

-Scholarship Award, Iranian American Academics and Professionals, Montgomery Community College,Rockville, MD

-Visiting Artist Honorarium, Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester, NY

-Research and Creative Project Award, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

-Exhibition Award ViewPoints 2013, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

-Artist Residency Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

-David Lavallee Travel Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

-ArtSlant Prize 1st Showcase winner, ArtSlant, New York, NY

2012

-Artist Residency Fellowship, Relevant 2012, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

-Artist Residency, The International School of Painting, Drawing, & Sculpture, Umbria, Italy

-Artist Wanted finalist, Chashama and Times Square Alliance, New York, NY

-Conference Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

-Research Grant, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

-Graduate Scholarship, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY

LECTURES /PANELS

2020

Mentor at NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Brooklyn, NY

Grant Review Panel, Queens Council on the Arts (QCA), Queens, NY

2019

Artist Talk, Chashama Gallery, Queens, NY

Artist Talk, MAISON 10, New York, NY

2018

Guest Artist, Graduate Committee Panel, City College of New York, NY

Artist Talk, Asian American Alliance at Materials for the Arts, Queens, NY

Panel Discussion, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2017

Panel Discussion, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

Visiting Artist Lecture, Eastern Connecticut University, Willimantic, CT

Artist Lecture, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

2016

Panel Discussion, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Artist Lecture, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Artist Lecture, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY

Guest Speaker, “Ex-patriot women artists from the so-called “Islamic World”, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

Panel Discussion, Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ

2015

Guest Critic, Final Juries of Design/Architecture, Pratt Institute, Higgins Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Lecture, The Cooper Union, Rose Auditorium, New York, NY

Artist Lecture, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT

2014

Visiting Artist Lecture, Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

Lecture Coordinator, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (2013-2014)

2013

Visiting Artist Lecture, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Artist Lecture, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Artist Lecture, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, NY

Instructor of Record, Basic Printmaking, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (Fall 2013)

Instructor of Record, Foundation Intro to Studio Art, State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (Spring 2013)

2012 Artist Lecture, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Solo Exhibitions

2019-2020

Zahra Nazari Studios’ Selected Work, ABS Engineering, PLLC, New York, NY

2019

Uprooted, Chashama, Queens, NY (funded by the Queens Council on the Arts and the Puffin Foundation)

Before and After, The Arts of Ken Morgan & Zahra Nazari (two-person show), Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

2017

Remnants, Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT

Transformation, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

2016

Vanishing Point, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

Transformations, Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2015

Metamorphosis, Mooney Center Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, NY

Urban Façade, MAISON des ARTISTES, The Griffis Art Center, New London, CT

Restoration, Louis Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

2014

Inside Out, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Silver Spring, MD

Deconstructing Scapes, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, NY

2013

Selected Work, Gallery I, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Urban Memories, Shainberg Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Memphis, TN

2012

Memphis City Commission, DMC Utility Box Makeover Project (Public Art Project), Memphis, TN

2011

Transition, Miller Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, PA

2008 Zahra Nazari’s Selected Work, Baran Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Group Exhibitions

2019-2020

Decentralized, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2019

Boccara Art Open Call, Boccara Art, Brooklyn, NY

Space 776 Auction, Brooklyn, NY

69th Aone, curated by Bill Carroll, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT

New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

All Woman, MAISON 10, New York, NY

2018-2019

Art from the Boros VI, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY

The 2019 Flat file: Year Six, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY

2018

Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY

Let Me Reintroduce Myself, curated by Krista Scenna and Carolina Penafiel, Cigar Factory, Queens, NY

CMYK, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Landscape, Reis Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2017

AIM 2017 Biennale, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

International Artist’s Creation Camp at the Edge of Peach Blossom Pond, Xuancheng Museum, Anhui, China

Portal 2017, 4Heads Portal SOHO, New York, NY

BCNA, Korean American Association of Greater New York, NY

Contemporary Art Exhibit, Manhattan Art & Antique Center, New York, NY

Press: Pause, curated by Shannon Stratton, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center), Brooklyn, NY

Small Works, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY

BCNA Benefit Exhibition, 524 West 26th Street, New York, NY

2016

Borderless: In Perspective, curated by David C. Terry, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany

(Un)Common Space(s), Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC

Futuristic Fabrication, Jamaica Center, Queens, NY

Imaginary Places, curated by Linda Streicher, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

2015

Metamorphosis, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY

Silk Journey to Art, World Tour Exhibition, The China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China

Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules, curated by George Sferra, Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY

Spatial Planes & Timeless Dimensions, curated by Akaash Mehta & Minna Packer, 555 West 25 St, New York, NY

Travelling Exhibit, Craft Center & SAC Art Gallery, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

World Peace – Lincoln Square Holiday Tree’s Ornament, CITYarts, New York, NY

Exodus, curated by Patricia Scremin & Matt Anzak, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX

Tenth Annual Crossing the Bridge, curated by Sam Quigley, Hygienic Art Gallery, New London, CT

2014

Art Maryland 2014, curated by Julia Mariciari-Alexander, Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD

3rd Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art, LuminArte Gallery, Dallas, TX

Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch, curated by Deana Haggag & Sharon Burton, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD

PINNACLE 2014, Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Points of Departure, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY

51st Annual Juried Competition, curated by Kelly Shindler, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Ardent Rift, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston, NY

2013

Abstract Paintings, SUNY Global Center, New York, NY

Special Guests’ SUNY New Paltz, Arts Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY

AIR Exhibit, Erpf Gallery, Catskill Center, Arkville, NY

Relevant 2013 Show, Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT

Working it out, curated by Mona Brody, Alyce Gottesman and Jo Ann Rothschild, Painting Center, New York, NY

ViewPoints 2013, curated by Helaine Posner, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

Nation, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

I am Tahmineh, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

2012

Worldview, curated by Chuck Gniech, Gallery 180, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL

Collector Exchange Exhibit, The Yard Event Center, Park City, UT

Summer Show, Galleria ISA, Umbria, Italy

6th Annual Master Pieces, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Summer Show, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Reroot, curated by Missy Miller, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

Sindokht, 30 Voices Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA

The 100 Show, Wieden+Kennedy Gallery, Portland, OR

Draw Color Line, Germantown Performing Arts Centre, Memphis, TN

National Wet Paint, curated by Sergio Gomez, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Twenty in Their Twenties, curated by Betsy Odom, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009

Color of Kindness, Iranian Center for International Conferences, Tehran, Iran

2008

Youth Art, 4th Visual Arts Festival, Tehran, Iran

2006

Islamic World, 4th International Painting Biennial, Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran

Fragrant Roots, 2019 Zahra Nazari

Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver. BC

My large-scale abstracted architectural paintings and installations are formed by ideas about identity, immigration issues, and how globalization is changing our perceptions. My environment has always been the most significant influence on my work: first in my home country of Iran; and later upon emigrating to the United States, where I developed an evolving identity as an immigrant that informs my work beyond physical space.

The Iranian city of Hamadan, where I was raised, dates back to 1100 BC. There the modern and ancient worlds coexist in constant flux; contemporary structures rise alongside archaeological sites of historical significance. I became fascinated by the way that cities and urban structures affect, connect, and separate their inhabitants.

In my work, the deconstructed and fragmented forms of architectural structures collide with themes of time, memory, erosion, and degradation. Persian architectural icons find their way into my work alongside postmodern sites from the Western world. Vibrant brushstrokes merge these structures with organic forms, creating floating and shifting environments where realism meets abstraction, where the clarity of imagined futures rises from the blur of our pasts.

Artist Biography

Zahra Nazari was born in Hamedan, Iran to a family of architectural enthusiasts. Her brother is an architect and her father frequently brought her to architectural dig sites to admire ancient history and artifacts.

Throughout her entire life, she has pursued a career as a visual artist on the foundation of this inspiration from her youth. She left Iran in 2011 in order to pursue her master’s studies in art in the US. She has since traveled the world to take inspiration from architecture in many other cultures.

Her large-scale abstracted architectural paintings are formed by ideas about identity, immigration issues, and how globalization is changing our perceptions.

She has given artist talks and participated as a panelist at institutions including NYU, Columbia University, and Pratt Institute in New York City. She has been interviewed by and published in Hamptons Art Hub, ZH Magazine, Hyperallergic, and many more. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the US, Canada, and Asia.

Ms. Nazari has been a recipient of: the AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, NY; the Creative Engagement Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; the Mentoring Program from New York Foundation for the Arts, NY (NYFA); a Visiting Artist Fellowship from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MA (Mass MoCA); an Artist Residency Fellowship from The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City; an Artist Residency from Sculpture Space Residency in Utica, NY, and; an Artist Residency from the Vermont Studio Center, VT. Nazari has exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries and museums including: the Bronx Museum, NY; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY; MANA Contemporary, NJ; Spartanburg Art Museum, SC; Masur Museum of Art, LA; New York Academy of Art, NY; Denise Bibro Fine Art, NY; Boccara Art Gallery, NY; Painting Center, NY; A Center for Contemporary Art, NJ; Governors Island Art Fair, NY; Galerie Myrtis, MD; Illinois Institute of Art, IL; Manifest Gallery, IL; Woman Made Gallery, IL; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Xuancheng Museum, Anhui, China; Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany; Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran, and; Baran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.