Nastaran
Safaei
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Nastaran Safaei
b. 1984 Tehran, Iran
Email: info@nastaransafaei.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

2016 Certificate of Achievement in History of Contemporary of Iranian Art at Mahe Mehr Art Institute, Tehran
2015 Certificate of Achievement in Critical Writing in Art at Mahe Mehr Art Institute, Tehran 
2014 Certificate of Achievement in Critical Writing in Art at Mahe Mehr Art Institute, Tehran
2012 Participated in stone sculpture workshop with Luca Marovino, Saba sang stone Factory, Saveh
2008 Certificate of Achievement in Analytical History of Contemporary Art at Mahe Mehr Art Institute, Tehran
2006 Certificate of Achievement Reverse Sculpture at Mahe Mehr art Institute, Tehran
2004 Associate Degree in Graphic Design from Sooreh University, Tehran
2001 Diploma in Graphic Design from Naghshe-Kowsar Art School, Tehran
Groups

Member of Iran’s Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art Since 2012
Member of the association of Iranian sculptors since 2006
Member of Makoos art collective since 2006

Solo exhibitions

2019 “The words, the steps”,01art Gallery, Isfahan, Iran
2019 “The story of the streets”, Aaran Projects, Tehran, Iran

2017 "Beyond and Above", "Monuments for that which forgotten", Aaran Projects, Tehran, Iran

2015 “Something important”, Installation Exhibition, Zirpelleh, Tehran, Iran

2015 “30”, Video Art and installation Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery , Tehran, Iran

2014 Sculpture Exhibition, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

2014 Sculpture Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2012 Sculpture Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Sculpture Exhibition, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 Sculpture Exhibition, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 Painting Exhibition, Iranian Art Museum Garden, Tehran, Iran

2004 Painting Exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran


Group exhibitions

2020 “Dropped, but did not break”, Vista Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2020 “Inner Fragments”, Scene Metrospace Gallery, Michigan, USA
2019 “11th annual exhibition of small Sculptures”, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2019 “Association of Iranian Sculptors Exhibition”, Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran, Iran
2019 “Roots buried in the dark earth”, Aaran Project Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2019 “Vitrin”, Association of Iranian Sculptors, Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran, Iran
2019 “Transition”, Vartan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2019 “Shabtab”, Inja Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2019 “Again-Afar”, Environmental Art event, Hormoz Island, Iran, Iran
2019 “Invitation to Flanerie”, Teer art week curatorial project, Hanna boutique hotel, Tehran, Iran
2018 “Elgha,Ebgha” , Pars Building, Tehran , Iran
2018 “Open day, International artist workshop, “field works”, Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 “4th annual exhibition of Behnam daheshpour Charity Organization, Tehran , Iran

2018 “7500 miles” Inner fragments exhibition of Iranian women art, Norwest gallery, Detroit, USA
2018 “works on paper” Aaran Project Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2018 “Modern beauty” Nicolas Felamel Art Gallery, Paris, France
2017 " The 10th annual exhibition of small sculptures" , Aaran projects gallery, Tehran, Iran

2017 "Art Expo Malaysia" , Matrade and convention center, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia 

2017 "The 2nd Ceramic-Based Exhibition, FRONTIER" , Iranian Artist Forum, Tehran, Iran

2017 "About Food Art" , Rooberoomansion, Tehran, Iran

2017 "Trends and Approaches in Contemporary Iranian Art", Mellat Gallery, Tehran , Iran

2017 "Sa'di", Hepta Gallery, Tehran , Iran

2017 "The impact of tangency", The Mine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2017 "Sculpture Exhibition", Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2017 "Become the sky", Nicolas Felamel Gallery, Paris, France 

2016 “Pulp Narratives” Aaran Projects, Tehran, Iran

2016 “Made in Iran”, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

2016 “The 5th International Green Film Festival of Iran, House of Cinema, Tehran, Iran

2016 “Blue Gold”, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 “Art and Anthropocene” ,Six Annual of contemporary Art, Persbook, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2016 “Made in Iran II “, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

2015 “New Era” , 26 Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 “Angels, Saints and co.”,Aaran Projects , Tehran, Iran

2015 “Bits and Pieces”, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 “Asian Highway art project” ,Seokdang Museum of art of Dong, South Korea

2015 “9th annual exhibition of Small Sculptures” , Aaran Projects, Tehran, Iran

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, Iran

2015 "Summer Group Exhibitions", Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 "Contemporary Venice - Architectures of Identities", Palazzo Dolfin Bollani, Venice, Italy

2015 "Summer Group Exhibition", Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 "Contemporary Venice – Self Identities", Venice Palazzo Ca’zanardi and Venice Art House, Venice, Italy

2015 "Auto Totemize", Igreg Art Studio, Tehran, Iran

2015 "A4 paper works "Haftsamar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 "Culture of Peace", Contemporary Art Publication Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2014 "Art For Peace", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2013 "Tehran calling London - London calling Tehran", London print studio, London, UK

2013 "Reflexivity", The 4th Contemporary Art Annual Persbook, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2013 "Self-Musement", Egreg Art Studio, Tehran, Iran

2013 "Titled by"644", Hiroshima Memorial Exhibition", Qasr Museum, Tehran

2013 "Excuses: a group effort", Villa Kuriosum, Berlin, Germany

2012 "A MAN", Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 "Without Border 3"Persbookart 3rd Exhibition , Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2012 "Cycle"photo Exhibition, Sanandaj, Iran

2012 "Synergy 1", Sin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 3rd Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sanandaj, Iran

2012 "America The Beautiful",Aaran Art Gallery ,Tehran, Iran

2012 "Crucifixion", Shirin, Homa, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 "Void", Sareban Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2012 "Mise - en – scene", Etemad Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2012 "The Second May", Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 "Sculpture Exhibition", Belgian Embassy, Tehran, Iran

2012  Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, "Intersection of the Imagination", Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2012 "On (Photo) Paper Without Name", Parking Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 "Situation", 90 Café Gallery, Sanandaj, Iran

2012 "No.291", Street Art Project, Sanandaj, Iran

2012 "Opening", Sin Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "Agony and Ecstasy", Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran

2011 "A Selection of Iranian Contemporary Sculpting Procedure", Farvahar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "6th International Sculpture Biennale of Tehran",Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2011 "The Undone", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2011 "Behnam Daheshpour", Exhibition and Auction, Shirin Art gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "Apocalypse", Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sanandaj, Iran

2011 "Factory Garden", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "2nd Sculpture Expo", Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "Small Sculptures "Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, Fravahr Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "13X18 Portrait "Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "Selfdom/A Personal Project", Haft Samar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 "TV", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 "Soldier", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 "Medallion",Mahe-Mehr Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 "Maakous" Sculpture Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 "Jungle 3" Photography and Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 "Kitchen", Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Charity, Dar Al-Fonoon Art Gallery, Kuwait

2009 "Fadjr" Sculpture Exhibition, Tehran Museum of contemporary art, Tehran, Iran

2009 Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, "Small Sculptures", Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran 

2009 "Jungle 2"Photography and Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2009 "under 35 years old" Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2009 Exhibition of Association of Iranian Sculptors, Barg Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

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, Iran

2008 "Maakous" Sculpture Exhibition, Gallery 10, Tehran, Iran

2007 The second international poster biennial of the Islamic world, Saba cultural & artistic institute, Tehran, Iran

2007 Second International Poster and computer animation competition "Anti Aids", Ukraine

2007 "Zigzag"child poster Exhibition, Tehran Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 The Fourth International Painting Biennial of the Islamic World, Saba Cultural & Artistic Institute, Tehran, Iran

2006 The First World Award of Monotheistic Religions poster competition, Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum, Tehran, Iran

2006 The Second World Biennial exhibition of student poster, Novi sad, Serbia

2006 "Maakous" Sculpture Exhibition, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 The First Iran Biennial of Typography poster, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2003 "Painting Exhibition", Lebanon
2002 "Sculpture and Painting Exhibition", Art Gallery, Tehran , Iran
Activities

2018 one month art residency in Hangar, Triangle l network, Lisbon, Portugal
2018 two months’ art residency in Cite International des Art, Paris, France
2017 Presented at Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark
2016 The second Rybon international Residency and workshop , Kooshk , Tehran , Iran
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