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Roshanak Aminelahi is an Iranian artist who primarily works in painting and drawing. Aminelahi initially trained in graphic design at Alzahra University (1995) and Azad University (2000) in Tehran, and is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. In Iran, she studied under influential artists such as Hannibal Alkhas Samila Amirebrahimi and Bahram Kalhornia. In 2013, she began working closely with Reza Derakshani in Dubai. Aminelahi was an Associate Professor at Azad University in Tehran as well as its UAE branch. Additionally, she has lectured and taught classes on graphic design and advertising at various colleges. 

 

Aminelahi’s expressionist paintings range from abstraction to figuration, and often use allegory and symbolism to address urgent themes, such as the subject of love, war or social conflict. Ancient mythology and poetry, have been central to her works, which are executed with heavy layers of paint and thick brush marks that create textured, multidimensional imagery. Aminelahi’s tactile surfaces recall the sculptural approach to painting that was pioneered by twentieth-century San Francisco Bay Area painters like Jay DeFeo, while her pointillist works on paper are reminiscent of the mosaic tile work that can be found throughout the Islamic architecture of Iran. 

 

Aminelahi has exhibited at different art spaces and institutions around the world. In addition to her career as an artist and academic, she has worked as a graphic designer, art director and creative director for over two decades. Recent solo exhibitions for the artist include Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai (2017) and Etemad Gallery, Tehran (2015). Aminelahi’s work was also highlighted in a collective exhibition at the Salsali Private Museum in 2016.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 “Surendered Hearts”, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2017 “Gordafarid”, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2015 “The Color of the Wind”, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 “Untitled”, Zangar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 “Faces”, Zangar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2004 “Untitled”, Aban Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

Group Exhibitions

2019  “Group Exhibition” Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai, UAE

2018  “Summer Group Exhibition” Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai, UAE

2018  “Teer Art Fair” Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2018  "Group Exhibition” Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2017 “Christie's Auction Dubai” , Dubai, UAE

2016  “Group Exhibition” Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE

2016  “Summer Group Exhibition” Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016   “Raad Charity Auction”, Tehran, Iran

1997 - 2004 Participated in Several Group Exhibitions in Different Galleries / Museums Including: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Azad Art Gallery, Iranian Artists Forum 2014 Participated in Miami and Vienna Art Fairs through Shirin Art Gallery

 

Group Exhibitions:
2016 Summer Group Exhibition, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1997 – 2004 Participated in Several Group Exhibitions in Different
Galleries /Museums including: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Azad Art Gallery and Iranian Artist Forum
2014 Participated in Miami and Vienna Art Fairs through Shirin Art Gallery