Niloufar Farzam

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Juried Exhibitions :
”small works- BIG TALENTS” International Juried Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, June 2020
    Juror: Lori McBride: Gallery Owner of Las Laguna Gallery, Curator, Laguna Beach, CA
"Membership Medley" Annual Group Exhibition, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, June 2020
    Juror: Jennifer Jackson: Co-owner and Principal of Grigio Art Consulting, Curator, former Vice President of Blue Line
    Arts Board of Directors, founded and operates The Red Musuem, Sacramento, CA
"Fresh Works" 10th Annual Juried Exhibit, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, April-August 2020
    Juror: Daniel Nevers: Executive Director of Berkeley Art Center, Artist, Educator, Berkeley, CA
"Windows and Doors" International Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, February 2020
    Juror: Clea Felien: Curator, Critic, Artist, Davenport, IA
"Intersectional History" Young Women's Caucus, WCA National Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 
    February  2020
    Juror: Donna M. Meeks: Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
"Members Exhibition" Annual Artist Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, January  2020
    Juror: Griff Williams: Painter, Publisher, Art Instructor, Owner of Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
"Abstract 2019" International Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, October 2019
    Juror: Warren Bellows: Artist, Teacher, Sonoma, CA
"Membership Medley" Annual Group Exhibition, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA, August 2019
    Juror: Emily Leff: Board member at Blue Line Art, Art collector, Sacramento, CA
"Reflectivity" Artist on Climate Change Exhibition, Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Healdsburg, CA, April 2019
    Jurors: Lisa Zwerling: Artist, Publisher, Professor, New York, NY; and Michael Schwager: Gallery Director and    
    Professor of Art History, Sonoma, CA
"Snap" Bay Area Juried Exhibition, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, January 2019
    Jurors: Arc Gallery partners - Priscilla Otani, Stephen C. Wagner, and Michael Yochum
"Freshworks" Annual Juried Exhibit, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, May 2016
    Juror: Richard Ambrose: Executive Director of Richmond Art Center, Curator, Executive Director of Pacific Art   
    League of Palo Alto, Artist, Palo Alto, CA
"Freshworks" Annual Juried Exhibit, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, May 2015
    Juror: Philip Linares: Chief Curator of Oakland Museum of California, Artist, Oakland, CA 
"Freshworks" Annual Juried Exhibit, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, May 2014
    Juror: Carrie Lederer: Curator at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, Artist, Oakland, CA
Juried Exhibition, Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayzata, MN, May 1996
    Jurors: Catherine Futter: Director of Curatorial Affair At Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Associate
  Curator at the Minneapolis Institue of Arts, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at Chrysler Museum of Art, Kansas
   City, MO; and Dennis Jon: Curator, Art Historian, Educator, Minneapolis, MN 

Recent Group Exhibitions :
"Art in Place" Virtual Art Exhibition, Firehouse Art Center, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA, April 2020
"Favorite Things" Intergenerational Salon-Style Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, April 2020
"Earth Action Art Show" Third Annual Exhibition, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, April 2020
"ArtWalk 2019" Tri-Valley's Art Festival, Livermore, CA, October 2019
"Hope and Urgency" Art Show for Climate Action! Smoking Nun Gallery, San Francisco, CA, September 2019
"Members' Show" Annual Group Exhibition, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA, June 2019
"Here" Artist Annual Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, December 2018
"Art!Vancouver" International Art Fair, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 2018
Public Art Circuit, Bank Of America Lobby, Pleasanton, CA, June 2013
Pleasanton Art League Exhibit, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, CA, September 2012
Livermore Art Association Art Exhibition, Livermore, CA, April 2011
Pleasanton Art League Fall Art Exhibition, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, CA, September 2010
Las Positas College, Watercolor Exhibition, Livermore, CA, May 2010
"Big Hands" Annual Gala for Children's Museum, Blackhawk, Danvile, CA, March 2009
"What We Do!" Minnetonka Center For The Arts, Wayzata, MN, December 1997  

Born in Iran, Niloufar (nee.loo.fa'h.rr) was immediately thrown into the world of art by her mother. Her mother was an educated woman, school principal, and directed her children toward worlds of art. Niloufar was always with stacks of paper and paint. You could say, she was born an artist. However, her father had other plans. He was determined to send his children abroad to be highly educated and she was expected to return as a medical doctor. At sixteen, Niloufar was sent to US without her family. She graduated with honors from high school and entered Arizona State University for her microbiology degree and pre-med.

After graduation, she started a career as a scientist. Meanwhile, her native country went through a war and uncertainty. Her fear for her family grew and grew and brought constant pain. The emotional experiences during those precious years left an incredible impression on her. She left her work, and started to take art courses. Her first mentor, Dorothy Odland, took her under her wing and highlighted her nationality and experiences as a multicultural individual.

At last through her deep love of art, she started to paint and draw. Other mentors (Karen Frey & David Hardy) that followed intensified the process of art making. Art sharpened Niloufar's senses! She finally advanced in the direction of her dreams and endeavors to live the life she imagined. She passed thru the invisible boundaries of art itself.



Experimentation is at the heart of my process and paint and color are the instruments that allow me to release the internal truth and feelings that words cannot fully express. When I enter my studio, my sanctuary, I pour my heart and soul into painting and attempt to capture the experience of human emotions. I choose to work in a nonrepresentational format, the most extreme form of abstract art that is not directly connected to visible world. In this series, I start by dripping paint on the canvas, as a nod to Jackson Pollock.  Each painting, has its own movements and emotions.  The abstract lines are delicate yet flowing. The tones are dramatic and contrasting. The texture is curvaceous and elongated. I aim for an organic, flowing and naturalistic composition that is asymmetrical yet balanced.

Brilliant “Brilliant”

Oil on canvas, 24x36x1.5", 2020

Radiant “Radiant”

Oil on canvas, 24x36x1.5", 2020

Opulent “Opulent”

Oil on Linen, 24x36x1.5",2020

Palpable “Palpable”

Oil on canvas, 24x36x1.5",2019


Climate Change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Melting Arctic ice has caused uncontrollable Climate Change. Research shows that changes in climate, especially earlier snowmelt due to warming of spring and summer, have led to hot and dry conditions that boost the fire activity in some areas. Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a crucial moment. Climate Change is NOT a distant threat, it is happening now! This abstract expressionist painting series  depicts the catastrophic impact on our planet that our leaders are not taking seriously. The colors of orange, blue, white and red were chosen for this series. I start by creating layers with palette knives and brushes. I pour paints on canvas to create a horizontal lines. After each layer of paint, I leave the painting to dry and come back to it later with another layer. I turn the painting many times during the process and paint it several directions, several days or weeks until the painting emerges. I want to viewer to think about global warming and its catastrophic impact on our planet. But, I also want the viewer to know that we can halt the catastrophic impacts.