Zahra Nazari

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Metamorphosis Installation, 2015, Acrylic on Shaped Industrial Grade Aluminum sheets, 60x348x72 inches
Points of Departure Installation, 2014, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas and Asian Paper, 60x35 to 18x40 ‐100x73x30 & 73x 210x 30 inches
Points of Departure Installation, 2014, Acrylic & Ink on Canvas and Asian Paper, 60x35 to 18x40 ‐100x73x30 & 73x 210x 30 inches
Inside Out Installation, 2014, Acrylic on Wood Panels, 100x110x36 and 48x30x36 inches
Cityscape Remix, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 83x141 inches, Exhibition View
Artist's Statement

Archeological excavations were the surroundings of my upbringing in Hamadan, Iran. My constant awareness of these archaic structures and ancient artifacts stimulated my curiosity towards different types of architecture and their adjacent landscapes. Traveling throughout the world revealed to me the intensity of modern architecture’s shifting elusiveness among urban spaces.

Spatial ambiguity over the course of cultural change is the explored theme in my large‐scale installations and paintings. Structures both ancient and contemporary are merged into abstract and organic forms. This unification is represented with both laws and chaos to convey the sensations of disillusion caused by the transitions between different cultures. Deconstructive architecture is the main inspiration of my most recent work. It commonly employs twisted metal and physical manipulations to represent new and inventive forms.


Zahra Nazari was born in Iran. She received her MFA in Painting & Drawing at State University of New York, New Paltz, NY, and her BFA from the School of Art & Architecture in Tabriz, Iran.

She is a recipient of The AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, NY. She also received a Visiting Artist Fellowship from the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY and Ruth Katzman Scholarship from the Art League Residency at Vyt, Sparkill, NY. She has exhibited worldwide at: Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ ; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA and Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY.

Ms. Nazari’s upcoming scheduled exhibitions for 2016-18 are: Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC; Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY; Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT, Penn College in Williamsport, PA; Von Faunberg Art Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, New Museum Los Gatos, CA.