American-Iranian, Born in Hamedan, Iran and now lives and works in New York City
2012-2014 MFA State University of New York, New Paltz, NY
2003-2007 BFA School of Art & Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran
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ZAHRA NAZARI was born in Hamedan, Iran, she lives and works in New York City. Her large-scale abstracted architectural paintings are formed by ideas about identity, immigration issues, and how globalization is changing our perceptions. Her imagery is based on traditional Middle Eastern architecture and Postmodernist western architecture.
Nazari’s brother is an architect and her father frequently brought her since childhood to architectural dig sites to admire ancient history and artifacts. 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 U.S. She has since traveled the world to take inspiration from architecture in many other cultures.
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 Awards and Grants
Nazari has been a recipient of: the Creative Engagement Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; the AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, 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.
Zahra Nazari’s work are in museums and private collection in the Middle East, China, Japan, Canada and U.S.A.
Recent Artist Residency
2020 – Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY. Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY
2019 – Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA
2017 – Tao Hua Tan Artist Retreat & Painting Residency, Tao Hua Tan, Anhui, China.
2016 – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), Jamaica Center for Arts, Queens, NY
2015 – Cooper Union School of Art, Teaching Artist in Residence, New York, NY.
Recent One-Person Exhibitions
2021 – “Unification” High Line Nine Gallery, (curated by Roya Khadjavi), New York, NY (forthcoming)
2020 – “Works on Paper” Chashama, New York, NY
2019 – “Zahra Nazari Studios” ABS Engineering, PLLC, New York, NY
2019 – “Uprooted” Chashama, Queens, NY, funded by Queens Council on the Arts & Puffin Foundation).
2018 – “Before and After” The Arts of Ken Morgan & Zahra Nazari, Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA
2017 – “Remnants” Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT; “Transformation” Penn College, Williamsport, PA.
2016 – “Vanishing Point” Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ; Transformations, Betsy Meyer Memorial Haverford PA.
Recent Group Exhibitions
2021 – “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & Latin America” Kendall Art Center in collaboration with Khawam Gallery, Miami, FL
2020 – Forget What You Know, curated by Kourosh Mahboubian, Art of Our Century, New York, NY; Kundiman Silent Auction, Ace Hotel, New York, NY; 31st Charity Art Auction, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY; Spring Flash, Equity Gallery, New York, NY; Art Virus 2020, Traveling Exhibit in Korea, Gallery Giant’s Garden, Jeju, Space Vanana Project, Daegu, Gyeongmin Museum of Contemporary Art. ; Decentralized, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ.
2019 – Space 776 Auction, Brooklyn, NY. 69th Aone, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT. New York Academy of Art NYC. All Woman, MAISON 10, NYC. 2019 Flat file: Year Six, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, NYC.
2018 – Art from the Boros VI, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC. Summer Exhibition, Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Culturally Diverse, curated by Khawam Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
2017 – AIM Biennale, Bronx Museum. MOKAH Museum. Int’l Artist’s Camp, Xuancheng Museum, China.
2016 – Borderless: In Perspective, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin, Germany, Spartanburg Art Museum, SC.
2019 Artist Talk, Chashama, Queens, NY. Artist Talk, MAISON 10, New York, 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.
“Zahra Nazari: Metamorphosing Gestures” Art Spiel (9/2019)
“Zahra Nazari Explores Identity with Architectonic Paintings” Artqol magazine (3/2019)
2018: Kaufman, Celeste “Zahra Nazari Exploring Identity in Abstractions inspired by Architecture” Hamptons Art Hub (7/2018) https://hamptonsarthub.com/2018/07/25/artists-zahra-nazari-exploring-identity-in-abstractions-inspired-by-architecture/
Kaufman, Celeste “Zahra Nazari Exploring Identity in Abstractions inspired by Architecture” Hamptons Art Hub (7/2018)
“Bronx Calling” Bronx Museum, ZH Magazine (9/2017)