Zahra Nazari

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 the 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 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.

Ms. Nazari has given artist talks and participated as a panelist at institutions such as 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 had been a recipient of The AIM Fellowship from the Bronx Museum, The Mentoring Program from New York Foundation for the Arts; a Visiting Artist Fellowship from Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City and Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in galleries and museums such as Bronx Museum, NY; China Millennium Monument, Beijing, China; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; Saba Institution, Tehran, Iran, and the Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC.


Work on Paper

Transpose “Transpose”

Acrylic and Ink on Mylar, 42x56 inches, 2018

Pink Mosque “Pink Mosque”

Acrylic and Ink on Mylar, 56x42 inches, 2018

Remaining Castle “Remaining Castle”

Acrylic & Ink on Mylar, 42x56 inches, 2018

Archway “Archway”

Acrylic on Mylar, 98x42 inches, 2017


Points of Departure “Points of Departure”

29 Architectonic Kite Forms and 2 Shaped Canvas Structures,
Acrylic & Ink on Canvas and Asian Paper
60x35 to 18x40 -100x73x30 and 73x 210x 30 inches, 2014
Site-Specific Installation, Dorsky Museum, NY

Inside Out “Inside Out”

Acrylic on Wood Panels, 100x110x36 and 48x30x36 inches, 2014
Site-specific Installation, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, MD

Metamorphosis “Metamorphosis”

Acrylic on Shaped Industrial Grade Aluminum Sheets, 60x348x72 inches, 2015
Site-specific Installation, Cooper Union, NY

Transformations “Transformations”

Acrylic on Shaped Industrial Grade Aluminum Sheets and Canvas, 96x228x120 inches, 2016
Site-specific Installation, Main Line Art Center, PA


Yellow versus Lavender “Yellow versus Lavender”

Acrylic on Canvas, 58x70 inches, 2016

Urban Landscape “Urban Landscape”

Acrylic on Canvas, 36x68 inches, 2016

Melody of the Oculus, Federal Hall “Melody of the Oculus, Federal Hall”

Acrylic on Canvas, 80x150 inches, 2017

Transparency “Transparency”

Acrylic on Canvas, 36x36 inches, 2017