Sam Nejati

Sam Nejati

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    Artist's Biography

    Sam Nejati was born and raised in Tehran. He attended the Tehran Visual Academy of Arts. In 1999 he moved to Los Angeles and Later on to San Francisco Bay area. He eventually went on to study art at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Since his graduation in 2012, he has been living and pursuing his painting practice in the San Francisco Bay area.

    Nejati creates paintings that seek to externalize the internal realm and spiritual elements of human existence through timeless and universal themes. His work explores the interplay of the cognitive and the spiritual. Nejati’s paintings are predominantly atmospheric. They contain the contrary concepts of flatness and depth, solidity and fluidity, permanence, and transience to evoke emotions and create certain moods. He explores these contrary experiences as a way to imbue a physical presence.

    Nejati has exhibited mainly in the United States, and his work has been written about extensively, most notably in Works & Conversations, Artwork, and Studio Visit magazines.

    Artist's Statement

    In my work, I seek to externalize the internal realm and the spiritual elements of human existence by visualizing and defining a sense of space, mood, and atmospheric themes. I am a prolific photographer. However, the photographs I produce are not ends in themselves, but raw source material, that affects my painting process. At times, I am drawn to literary references that extract and illuminate the spiritual properties that reside within and form the narrative structure in the piece.

    I am fascinated by the cognitive experience, in which humanist and spiritual conditions coalesce to bring something more meaningful to the surface. To me, a painting is like a living being, in which the whole is more significant than the sum of its parts. The finished artwork is a blend of perfect imperfections in terms of surface and compositional qualities, which alludes to a personal journey that accentuates universal human conditions, mindfulness, ethics, and memory.

    In my work, I contend with the contrary notions of flatness and depth, solidity and fluidity, permanence, and transience to spark emotions. Evoking a redemptive experience as well as a sense of transformation is what I yearn for through the medium of paint.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2014
    Cranium Devices, San Francisco, CA

    2013
    Ruby Design, Mill Valley, CA

    2012
    Art Santa Fe, Sante Fe, NM
    Represented by Westbrook Galleries

    2011
    Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
    Represented by Westbrook Galleries

    San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
    Represented by ABRA Gallery

    2010
    San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
    Represented by ABRA Gallery

    2009
    Paragon, ABRA Gallery, Westlake, CA

    2008
    Existence, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

    Living in the Moment, Lessa Johnson Gallery, Lafayette, CA

    2007
    Zen, Sayhoun Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    morning Has Broken, Lessa Johnson Gallery, Lafayette, CA

    2006
    Resurrection, Voshan Fine Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

    Elevation, Lessa Johnson Gallery, Lafayette, CA

    2005
    Negotiation, Voshan Fine Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

    2004
    Conventions, Albany Art Gallery, Berkley, CA

    Magnitude, Voshan Fine Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

    Group
    2021
    Chiaroscuro Spring, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    (N)Collages, Icehouse Gallery, Petaluma, CA

    2013
    Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
    Represented by Gallery Sam

    Art Cube Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

    2012
    Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    2010
    Stillwell, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

    2009
    ABRA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    2007
    Silence, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA

    2005
    Sayhoun Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    2004
    Elegy, Voshan Fine Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

    I.M. Chase Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
    In Association with James Goodman

    Fundraising for Palo Alto School District, Palo Alto, CA

    2003
    Introduction to South, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

    Bahrum-B Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

    2002
    Red Ink Studios, Palo Alto, CA

    Anti-Violence Seminar for Youths, Irvine, CA

    2001
    Orlando Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    1997
    Students Group Show, Visual Academy of Arts, Tehran, Iran

    1996
    Students Group Show, Visual Academy of Arts, Tehran, Iran

    Publications

    2015
    Works & Conversations, January Issue

    2013
    Zone Magazine, Summer Issue

    2011
    Tosheh, July Issue

    Interview, Voice of America, February Issue

    2010
    Artworks Magazine, Summer Issue

    2008
    KALW Radio Station, January

    2007
    Diablo Arts Magazine, January Issue

    American Art Collectors Magazine, January Issue

    Awards & Honors

    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
    Martin Wang Scholarship

    Drawing Competition, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
    First Place

    Drawing Competition, Visual Academy of Art for Students, Tehran, Iran
    First Place

    Education

    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
    BA

    Visual Academy of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran
    Diploma