Nighttime, 2017
Oil Pastel on Paper
96″ x 120″

Nasim Hantehzadeh is a current graduate student in the Painting- Drawing program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA.) She was born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1988, and grew up in Tehran, Iran where she started her art education at the Art and Architecture Tehran Center University in 2007. She moved back to the United States in 2011 and continued her art studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and received her BFA in 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries such as Lefebvre & Fils in Paris, France as well as galleries in Italy, Iran, and the United States. Hantehzadeh received Resnick Scholarship, D’Arsy Hayman scholarship in 2015, and UCLA Art council award in 2016.

My work is addressed to the observation of violence in various communities. Through the use of symbols and icons, I intuitively connect my memories and experiences of the past to the historical and political events of the time. I use the process of mark making as a way to welcome my emotions, dreams, and sentiments on the surface. The scale and the choice of color create a phenomenological and atmospheric experience for the viewer that links the individual’s body to the work. As the viewer experiences the work, the iconography, mark making, and the material slowly reveal the vulnerability of the work to the individual.