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Conference of the Birds no. 60

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Numinous no.22

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Conference of the Birds no.62

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Chelleneshin no. 29

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Yari Ostovany

Birth Year

Country of birth

Country of residence

1962

Tehran, Iran

San Fransisco, USA

Artist’s Story

Yari Ostovany moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada - Reno/ He received his MFA in 1995 at the San Francisco Art institute / Ostovany has worked, taught, traveled and exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally / Recent exhibitions include Vorres Gallery in San Francisco, Haleh Gallery in Berg am Starnberger See, Germany, Thomas & Paul Gallery in London, UK and Aria Gallery in Tehran, Iran / Yari's work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, Pasargad Bank Museum in Tehran, Iran, Permanent Collection of the University of Nevada - Reno Art Department as well as numerous private collections worldwide/

Full CV

Education

1995 MFA Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

1992 BFA Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Ligne Roset, San Francisco, CA, USA
2016 B&B&Co Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2016 Mill Valley Arts Commission , Mill Valley, CA, USA
2015 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2015 Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
2014 Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2014 Red Mountain Gallery, TMCC , Reno, NV, USA
2014 The Shed Contemporary, Dana Point, CA, USA
2014 LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2013 Ligne Roset, San Francisco, CA, USA
2013 Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2012 Art People Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2011 Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA, USA
2010 Queen Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009 San Jose City College Art Gallery, San Jose, CA, USA
2007 Northwest Reno Library, Reno, NV, USA
2003 Art Corner Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2002 Bochum Kulturrat (City of Bochum Cultural Center), Germany
1998 Hourian Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
1997 Other Art Gallery, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR, USA
1994 Footwork Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
1988 Manville Gallery, Reno, NV, USA
1987 Walter McNamara (SxN) Gallery, Reno, NV, USA

Dual Exhibitions

2016 Madrigal Family Winery Gallery, Sausalito, CA, USA
2015 MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2014 Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY, USA
2013 Haleh Gallery, Berg am Starnberger See, Germany

Group Exhibitions

2016 Galerie Art Eterne, New Delhi, India

2016 Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA, USA

2016 Foundry Art Centre, Missouri, USA

2016 Hud Gallery, CA, USA

2016 Seyhoun Gallery, LA, CA

2016 Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA, USA

2016 Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2016 Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI, USA

2016 Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2016 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, USA
2015 Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY, USA
2015 Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2015 LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2015 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, USA
2015 Maryland Federation of Art – Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, USA
2015 Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, USA
2015 Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2015 Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, USA
2015 Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI, USA
2014 The Invisible Line Gallery, London, UK
2014 Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, USA
2014 Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 Shirin Gallery NY, New York, NY, USA
2014 The SHED Contemporary, Dana Point, CA, USA
2014 Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA
2014 ABRA Gallery, Westlake Village, CA, USA
2014 Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2013 Tomas & Paul Gallery, London,UK
2013 Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
2013 1337 Gallery, San Rafael, CA, USA
2013 Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL, USA
2012 Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, USA
Estense Castle Museum, Ferrara, Italy
Orange County Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, USA
2011 ArtPeople Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Arts West Gallery, Elon, North Carolina, USA
US Embassy, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Queen Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2010Gallery 133, Toronto, Canada
2009 California State University, Fullerton Grand Central Art Center,
Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ, USA
2008 Galleria Lallihome, Varenna, Italy
2007 la Giornata del Contemporaneo (Camaver Kunsthaus), Lecco, Italy
2007 Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV, USA
2006 Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV, USA
2003 HotHouse Center for Performance & Exhibition, Chicago, IL, USA
2002 Mojaveri Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2001 Kunsthof Merten, Merten, Germany
2000 Köln Galerie, Cologne, Germany
2000 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1999 Ovissi Gallery, Emeryville, CA, USA
1999 Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
1999 WORKS Gallery, San Jose, CA, USA
1999 Eklektikos Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
1998 Mehregan festival, Irvine, CA, USA
1997 Evolving Perceptions, National Press Club, Washington, DC, USA
1997 San Jose City College, San Jose, CA, USA
1996 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, USA
1996 Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
1995 Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA, USA
1994 Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA
1994 Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA
1993 Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
1993 Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA
1991 Dow & Frosini Gallery, Berkeley, CA, USA
1990 E. L. Wiegand Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA
1989 Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, NV, USA
1988 Ackerman Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
1988 Nevada State Council on the Arts, Reno, NV, USA
1987 Walter McNamara (SxN) Gallery, Reno, NV, USA
1986 Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA

Art Fairs

2014 Battersea Art Fair, London, UK

Awards

2007 Sierra Arts Endowment Grant

1993 Annual San Francisco Art Institute Student Exhibition
1989, 1988 Craig Sheppard Memorial Art Scholarship
1988 Home Federal Bank Art Competition, Reno, Nevada
1988 Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation Grant, Reno, Nevada
1988, 1987, 1986 Annual University of Nevada – Reno Student Art Exhibition

Collections

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut
Pasargad Bank Museum, Tehran, Iran
Permanent Collection of the University of Nevada – Reno Art Department and various private collections in the U.S. and abroad

Professional Experience

2005/08 Adjunct Faculty, University of Nevada – Reno Art Department, Reno, Nevada
1993/92 Assistant Instructor, Painting & Drawing, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

Artist Statement

My work is process based and improvisational, straddling the nebulous realm between the mystical and the mysterious and thus, to me, the spiritual. A personal journey of exploration through the alchemy of paint, colour, light, texture and the poetics of space.

I am interested in the crossing point of the unconscious, the personal and the collective, and energies that come to surface from the interplay of primordial contradictory forces—those within and without—on the surface of the painting. An unfolding evolutionary process through densely layered organic compositions made over time with layers upon layers of thick and thin washes and glazes, luminous and opaque. Often starting with calligraphic gestural marks, solid forms which then dissolve as the layers explode and implode, are added, rubbed out, re—applied, scoured into and scraped away. Going back and forth until another dimension—a sense of resonance— arises, when the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, where forms and marks become metaphors for a transcendent reality.

My work also has to do with the dichotomy of light and gravity and the search for, and intimation of Lux Æterna, self-generating light rather than one coming from an external source, implying the idea of spiritual energy other than the optical reality we see.

I approach painting as the visual evidence of, and not a report on, an experience; not a representation of spiritual energy but a translation of it into light and texture, navigating the space between stasis and movement, between emergence and disappearance.

Series Statement

Conference of the Birds
Conference of the Birds series is a deeply personal response to the Sufi fable by the same name by Farideddin Attar, 12th century Persian mystic. Attar’s verse focuses on a flock of birds who, In time of chaos and darkness, decide they are In need of a King – Thus begins their quest for the Phoenix (Simorgh) – an allegorical visit to seven valleys. After enduring Increasing hardships, doubt and exhaustion set It and more and more birds give up the quest.

In a play on the Persian word Simorgh (Phoenix) they end up with Si-Morgh (thirty birds) realizing that the Phoenix Is nothing more than those birds themselves who persevered and endured the path through Self-sacrifice and steadfastness.

Chelleneshin
Chelleneshin is a compound word in Persian consisting of the words Chelleh; which describes a period of forty days; and Neshin, which literally means sitting.

It refers to a seeker going into solitude for a period of forty days and forty nights to pray and meditate. In several mystical traditions, The cycle of Forty is a common duration needed for spiritual metamorphosis and transitions to another, transcendent dimension.