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Yari Ostovany
b. 1962, Iran

Born in Iran in 1962, Yari Ostovany moved to the United States at the age of 16 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada - Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute where he received his MFA in 1995. He has has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally, and is the recipient of Sierra Arts Endowment Grant, Craig Sheppard Memorial Grant and Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation Grant. Recent solo exhibitions include The Yard: Columbus Circle in New York, Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, Far Out Gallery in San Francisco, Rebecca Molayem Gallery in Los Angeles and Aria Gallery in Tehran, Iran.

His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain, Connecticut), Pasargad Bank Museum (Tehran, Iran), Chateau d'Orquevaux (Champagne-Ardenne, France), Permanent Collection of the University of Nevada - Reno Art Department and is represented by Foundation Behram Bakhtiar in France, Artscoops in Lebanon, Art Represent, EMERGEAST, and Ideel Art in London UK.

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Credentials

Over 32 solo exhibitions
Over 30 international group exhibitions
Museums permanent collection
Award winner

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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.


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Education

1995 MFA San Francisco Art Institute, Painting 1992 BFA San Francisco Art Institute, Painting


Solo Exhibtions


2021 Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, Anaheim, California, USA
2020 Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, California, USA
2019 The Yard, Columbus Circle, New York, USA
2018 Far Out Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2018 Syra Arts Gallery, Washington D.C, USA
2018 The Living Room Gallery (Saint Peter's Church), New York, USA
2018 Rebecca Molayem Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
2017 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley, California, USA
2016 Ligne Roset, San Francisco, California, USA
2016 B&B&Co Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
2016 Mill Valley Arts Commission, Mill Valley, California, USA
2015 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2015 Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
2014 Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2014 Red Mountain Gallery, TMCC , Reno, Nevada, USA
2014 The Shed Contemporary, Dana Point, California, USA
2014 LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California, USA
2013 Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2013 Ligne Roset, San Francisco, California, USA
2012 Art People Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2011 Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, USA
2010 Queen Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009 San Jose City College Art Gallery, San Jose, California, USA
2007 Northwest Reno Library, Reno, Nevada, USA
2003 Art Corner Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2002 Bochum Kulturrat (City of Bochum Cultural Center), Germany
1998 Hourian Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1997 Other Art Gallery, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon, USA
1994 Footwork Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1989 Walter McNamara (SxN) Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA
1988 Manville Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA


Group Exhibitions

2020 Madrigal Family Winery Gallery, Sausalito, California, USA
2020 Ruby Living Design, San Francisco, California, USA
2020 Terra Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2020 Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA
2020 White Walls Gallery, New York, USA
2019 Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley, California, USA
2019 Boccara ART, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA
2019 The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2018 Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, USA
2018 Misho Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2018 Saye Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2018 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California, USA
2017 Kamil Art Gallery, Monaco-Ville, Monaco
2017 GearBox Gallery, Oakland, California, USA
2017 Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, California, USA
2017 Museum Parc, San Francisco, California, USA
2017 Misho Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2016 Galerie Art Eterne, New Delhi, India
2016 Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, California, USA
2016 Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri, USA
2016 Hud Gallery, Ventura, California, USA
2016 Seyhoun Gallery, West Hollywood, California, USA
2016 Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA
2016 Buckham Gallery, Flint, Michigan, USA
2016 Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2016 Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California, USA
2016 Madrigal Family Winery Gallery, Sausalito, California, USA
2015 MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
2015 LA Artcore, Los Angeles, California, USA
2015 Maryland Federation of Art - Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD 2015 Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey, USA
2015 Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
2015 Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, USA
2015 Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York, USA
2015 Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York, USA
2015 Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2015 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California, USA
2014 The Invisible Line Gallery, London, UK
2014 Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA
2014 Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 Shirin Gallery NY, New York, USA
2014 The SHED Contemporary, Dana Point, California, USA
2014 Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California, USA
2014 ABRA Gallery, Westlake Village, California
2014 Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, USA
2014 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California, USA
2014 Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, New York, USA
2013 Haleh Gallery, Berg am Starnberger See, Germany
2013 Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL 2013 Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2013 1337 Gallery, San Rafael, California, USA
2013 Thomas & Paul Gallery, London, UK
2012 Misho Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2012 Orange County Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, California, USA
2012 Estense Castle Museum, Ferrara, Italy
2011 ArtPeople Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2011 Arts West Gallery, Elon, North Carolina, USA
2010 Gallery 133, Toronto, Canada
2009 California State University, Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, California, USA
2009 Vision Gallery, Chandler, Arizona, USA
2008 Galleria Lallihome, Varenna, Italy
2007 la Giornata del Contemporaneo, Camaver Kunsthaus, Lecco, Italy
2007 Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA
2006 Sheppard Contemporary, Reno, Nevada, USA
2003 HotHouse Center for Performance & Exhibition, Chicago, Illinoi, 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, California, USA
1999 Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
1999 WORKS Gallery, San Jose, California, USA
1999 Eklektikos Gallery, Washington DC, USA
1997 Evolving Perceptions, National Press Club, Washington DC, USA
1997 San Jose City College, San Jose, California, USA
1997 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California, USA
1996 Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
1995 Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, California, USA
1994 Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA
1994 Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
1993 Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993 Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA
1992 San Francisco Art Institute Spring Exhibition, California, USA
1991 Dow & Frosini Gallery, Berkeley, California, USA
1990 E. L. Wiegand Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, USA
1989 Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
1988 Ackerman Center, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA
1988 Nevada State Council on the Arts, Reno, Nevada, USA
1987 Walter McNamara (SxN) Gallery, Reno, Nevada, USA
1986 Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, USA


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


Permanent Collections

New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, USA
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


Residency

2018 Chateau Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France


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