I was born in the capital city of Iran, Tehran in 1980.  I started my art life at 10 and earned my Master of Fine Art in Illustration from Art and Architecture University of Tehran in 2012. I worked on a master thesis about "Effect of Folk Tale’s Fantasy on Illustration" which was rewarded an excellent acceptance by the jury.

 

I started working as a TA at the University of Art and Applied Science while yet being a student and after graduation, I was promoted to a lecturer. I held my first art show in Tehran in 1989 followed by more than 20 art shows in Iran, United Arab Emirate, Germany, and United States.

 

Granted "Genius immigrant status" as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability Artist” in 2013 I moved to Unites States, to start a new chapter in my life and now am residing in San Jose, California.

 

I've started collaborating with various international artists from early 2014 and in some instances have hold collaborative exhibitions with them. FACE2015 project, presented in Germany, Italy and United States was the last of those.

 

The Body of her artworks is established based on Symbolic Contemporary Surrealism.  In almost all of my artworks, my critical point of view towards society, politics, and culture is reflected through the extensive implementation of known Persian symbols. These symbols have a deep root in rich Persian culture and literature. She tried to rearrange symbols to the new conceptually layered image. 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS AND FESTIVALS

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

  • 2017, "Art-in-Neighborhoods", Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco, United States.

  • 2017, "Animals Art Exhibition", Light Space & Time- Online Gallery. 

  • 2016, “Vision: An Artist’s Perspective”, Kaleid Art Gallery, San Jose, United States.

  • 2016,  “Mirror Holder of History”, Illustration Exhibition, Tehran Gallery, University of Tehran, College of Fine art, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2015, "Face2015", New Media Art, The Internet of Nothing", at SOS Indie bio, San Francisco, United States.

  • 2015, New media art show, "FACE2015, The Internet of Nothing", at Rose Art Room, Los Angeles, United States.

  • 2015,  " Face2015", New Media Art, The Internet of Nothing", at PELATOON Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany.

  • 2015, "illustration exhibition", Pardis Art Gallery, Iranian Art Museum & Garden, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2015, “Once Upon Time 2”, Painting Exhibition, SOMAcentral, J.P. Morgan & Chase Building, San Francisco, CA, United States.

  • 2014, “FACE2014”, a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, California, United States.

  • 2013, 6th Tehran International Biannual of Illustration, Saba Cultural-Art Complex, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2012, " illustration exhibition", Saey cultural center, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2010, "The 3rd Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts", Saba Cultural-Art Complex, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2007, Behzad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2006, "The 6th Iranian traditional painting biennial", Museum of contemporary art, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2002, "The 5th Iranian traditional painting biennial", Niavaran cultural center, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2000, "The 4th Iranian traditional painting biennial", Museum of contemporary art, Tehran, Iran.

  • 1998, "Norouz Ghadir", Bahman cultural center, Tehran, Iran.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITION

  • 2014, "Once upon a time", Painting Exhibition, Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles, California, United States.

  • 2011,"Once upon a time", Atashzad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2009, "Tulips", Atashzad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2007, "Dubai summer surprises (DSS 2007)", Dubai, United Arab Emirate.

  • 2007, "Oil color painting", Mani Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

  • 2005, Fine handworks of "Illumination" and "Flower and Bird", Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

 

 

PUBLICATION

  • “The Wisdom of Yaqui The Bear”, Casita Press, 2015, United States.

         Illustrator: Sameh Khalatbari, Author: Harris Tobias

         https://www.createspace.com/5272460

         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SK4A968

 

 

RESEARCH AND PRESENTATION

  • “Create Contemporary Art with iPad”, Apple Store, San Francisco, United States, 2016.

  • “Recreation of Paul Klee painting”, Art & Architecture University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2011.

  • “Harold Rudolf Foster and his works”, Art & Architecture University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2011.

  • “Modernism in poetry in 40 decades, Art & Architecture University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2011.

  • “The Arzhang”, Art & Architecture University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2010.

  • “Prophet Mani”, Art & Architecture University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2010.

  • “Manafe-ol-Heyvan the great book of Il-khanate”, Art & Architecture University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, 2010.

 

 

ORGANIZATION

  • Associate Member of “Society of Illustrators”, New York, United State.

  • Connecting Member of “ Iranian- American Women Foundation”, Los Angeles, United States

  • Full Member of “Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators”, San Francisco, United States. 

 

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