Nastaran Safaei



Nastaran Safaei
b. 1984 Tehran, Iran
Website: www.nastaransafaei.com
Email: nastaransafaei1@gmail.com

Beginning her journey as a sculptor by experimenting with pottery and clay in 2000 she was mostly self taught in her experience until attending Parviz Tanavoli’s first series of sculpting workshops in 2006 focusing on the Bronze technique which resulted in her first solo sculpture exhibition at Assar art gallery. The successful show made her a member of the association of Iranian sculptors.

The main inspiration for her work is inner explorations of femininity by using mundane objects to express her experiences. She is deeply inspired by the mythological archetypes of Jung and the psychological methods of self-realization and ancient Iranian myths. Social and cultural issues influence her work deeply. She is currently working on the concept of time and the sub-conscious, focusing on the therapeutic aspect of her work in regards to her own psychological healing in relation to herself and the exterior. She regularly uses the human form to convey her ideas.

Other than the Bronze technique, use of other materials in her works, which include Aluminum, Brass, Fiberglass, Papier-Mache and mixed media were all based on personal experimentation and experience.

Education
2004 Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Sooreh University
2001 Diploma in Graphic Design from Naghshe-Kowsar Art School

Groups
Member of the association of Iranian sculptors since 2006
Member of Makoos art collective since 2006

Solo exhibitions
2017 \"Beyond and Above\", \"Monuments for that which forgotten\", Aaran Projects, Tehran
2015 “Something important”, Installation Exhibition, Zirpelleh, Tehran
2015 “30”, Video Art and installation Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery , Tehran
2014 Sculpture Exhibition, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland
2014 Sculpture Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012 Sculpture Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 Sculpture Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran
2008 Sculpture Exhibition, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran
2008 Painting Exhibition, Iranian Art Museum Garden, Tehran
2004 Painting Exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran

Group exhibitions
2017 \"Trends and Approaches in Contemporary Iranian Art\", Mellat Gallery, Tehran
2017 \"Sa\'di\", Hepta Gallery, Tehran
2017 \"The impact of tangency\", The Mine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2017 \"Sculpture Exhibition\", Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran
2017 \"Become the sky\", Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, France
2016 “Pulp Narratives” Aaran Projects, Tehran
2016 “Made in Iran”, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany
2016 “The 5th International Green Film Festival of Iran, House of Cinema, Tehran
2016 “Blue Gold”, Etemad Gallery, Tehran
2016 “Art and Anthropocene” ,Six Annual of contemporary Art, Persbook, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
2016 “Made in Iran II “, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland
2015 “New Era” , 26 Art Gallery, Tehran
2015 “Angels, Saints and co.”,Aaran Projects , Tehran
2015 “Bits and Pieces”, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran
2015 “Asian Highway art project” ,Seokdang Museum of art of Dong, South Korea
2015 “9th annual exhibition of Small Sculptures” , Aaran Projects, Tehran
2015 \"There are too many walls but not enough bridge\", Kunst Zeug Haus ,Switzerland
2015 Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, \"Intersection of the Imagination\", Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2015 \"Summer Group Exhibitions\", Silk Road Gallery, Tehran
2015 \"Contemporary Venice - Architectures of Identities\", Palazzo Dolfin Bollani, Venice
2015 \"Summer Group Exhibition\", Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran
2015 \"Contemporary Venice – Self Identities\", Venice Palazzo Ca’zanardi and Venice Art House, Venice
2015 \"Auto Totemize\", Igreg Art Studio, Tehran
2015 \"A4 paper works \"Haftsamar Art Gallery, Tehran
2015 \"Culture of Peace\", Contemporary Art Publication Gallery, Tehran
2014 \"Art For Peace\", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran
2013 \"Tehran calling London - London calling Tehran\", London print studio, London
2013 \"Reflexivity\", The 4th Contemporary Art Annual Persbook, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2013 \"Self-Musement\", Egreg Art Studio, Tehran
2013 \"Titled by\"644\", Hiroshima Memorial Exhibition\", Qasr Museum, Tehran
2013 \"Excuses: a group effort\", Villa Kuriosum, Berlin
2012 \"A MAN\", Aun Gallery, Tehran
2012 \"Without Border 3\"Persbookart 3rd Exhibition , Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2012 \"Cycle\"photo Exhibition, Sanandaj
2012 \"Synergy 1\", Sin Art Gallery, Tehran
2012 3rd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sanandaj
2012 \"America The Beautiful\",Aaran Art Gallery ,Tehran
2012 \"Crucifixion\", Shirin, Homa, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran
2012 \"Void\", Sareban Art Gallery, Tehran
2012 \"Mise - en – scene\", Etemad Art Gallery, Dubai
2012 \"The Second May\", Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran
2012 \"Sculpture Exhibition\", Belgian Embassy, Tehran
2012 Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, \"Intersection of the Imagination\", Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2012 \"On (Photo) Paper Without Name\", Parking Gallery, Tehran
2012 \"Situation\", 90 Café Gallery, Sanandaj
2012 \"No.291\", Street Art Project, Sanandaj
2012 \"Opening\", Sin Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"Agony and Ecstasy\", Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"A Selection of Iranian Contemporary Sculpting Procedure\", Farvahar Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"6th International Sculpture Biennale of Tehran\",Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
2011 \"The Undone\", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"Behnam Daheshpour\", Exhibition and Auction, Shirin Art gallery, Tehran
2011 \"Apocalypse\", Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sanandaj
2011 \"Factory Garden\", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"2nd Sculpture Expo\", Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"Small Sculptures \"Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, Fravahr Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"13X18 Portrait \"Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"Selfdom/A Personal Project\", Haft Samar Art Gallery, Tehran
2011 \"TV\", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 \"Soldier\", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 \"Medallion\",Mahe-Mehr Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 \"Maakous \"Sculpture Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 \"Jungle 3\"Photography and Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 \"Kitchen\", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran
2010 Charity, Dar Al-Fonoon Art Gallery, Kuwait
2009 \"Fadjr\" Sculpture Exhibition, Tehran Museum of contemporary art, Tehran
2009 Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, \"Small Sculptures\", Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2009 \"Jungle 2\"Photography and Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran
2009 \"under 35 years old \"Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2009 Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, Barg Art Gallery, Tehran
2008 Poster Exhibition of Iran annual book of design, Iranian Artists Forum , Tehran
2008 \"Jungle 1\"Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Iranian Art Museum Garden , Tehran
2008 \"Maakous\"Sculpture Exhibition, Gallery 10, Tehran
2007 The second international poster biennial of the Islamic world, Saba cultural & artistic institute, Tehran
2007 Second International Poster and computer animation competition \"Anti Aids\", Ukraine
2007 \"Zigzag\"child poster Exhibition, Tehran Gallery, Tehran
2006 The Fourth International Painting Biennial of the Islamic World, Saba Cultural & Artistic Institute, Tehran
2006 The First World Award of Monotheistic Religions poster competition, Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum, Tehran
2006 The Second World Biennial exhibition of student poster, Novi sad, Serbia
2006 \"Maakous \"Sculpture Exhibition, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran
2005 The First Iran Biennial of Typography poster, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2003 \"Painting Exhibition\", Lebanon
2002 \"Sculpture and Painting Exhibition\", Art Gallery, Tehran

Activities
2016 Presented at Art Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2015 Presented at scope art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2014 Two month Art residency in ORYX Foundation, Lucerne, Switzerland.
2014 Presented at scope art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2013 One month Art residency in Villa Kuriosum, Berlin, Germany
2010 Presented at Slick Art Fair, Paris, France

Bibliography
2015 Contemporary Art From Middle East –Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses – Nazar Book Publication – Tehran – Iran
2013 Contemporary Iranian Art - New Perspectives - Saqi Books Publication – London - UK
2012 Tehran Art - A Popular Revolution - Contemporary Art Publication – Tehran - Iran