Gaze | 2020, acrylic on canvas 72" x 48"
Miracle | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 58" x 62.7"
The Solace of Silence | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20"
Nocturne | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 60"
Adagio | 2019, acrylic on canvas, 75" x 73"
Engulfed | 2019, acrylic on canvas, 80" x 80"
Sanctum | 2018, acrylic & oil on canvas, 80" x 80"
The Wee Hour | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 72"
Shades of Wisdom | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48
Pergola of Salvation | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 75" x 90"
Sound of Friction | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 58" x 58"
The scent of growth | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 48"
Spirit Drifting | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 75" x 90"
The Weight of Morning | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 36"
After the Rain | 2020, acrylic on canvas, 80" x 80"
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Sam Nejati

Résumé

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.

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.

Education

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
BA
Visual Academy of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran
Diploma

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

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

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

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