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Ziba Rajabi
Ziba Rajabi
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Untitled (Study of Persian Home Façade)

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My Space and My Space

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Squares on Squares

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Flowers and Whatever

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To Ooze

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The First Person Narrative

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Untitled (Red and Pink Landscape)

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Untitled (Yellow and Blue Flowers)

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Persian Garden and the Arc

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Painting and its Roots

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Painting and Weaving

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Seeing Through

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Blood Stain on Asphalt

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Dismay

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Verdure Constellation

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About Being

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Not even a utopia, just a city that I wish for

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Casement After Caspar David Friedrich

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Blue Petals from Green Arkansas

Gallery Reserve - For Viewing Only

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Celestial Gate

About Ziba Rajabi

Ziba Rajabi (b.1988, Tehran, Iran) received her MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her BFA from the Sooreh University, Tehran. She is the recipient of the Artist 360 Grant, a program sponsored by Mid-America Arts Alliance. She primarily works with painting, drawing, fiber-based installation. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions, nationally and internationally, such as Masur Museum, LA; CICA Museum, South Korea; Araan Gallery, Iran; The II Platform, UK; Pensacola Museum, Florida; Site:Brooklyn, NY; Amos Eno Gallery, NY; Tops Gallery, TN, The Soo Contemporary, Tehran, among many Others. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.

As an Iranian female artist based in Arkansas, my work revolves around the desire to reconcile my relationship with two distinctive spaces: Tehran (my native land) and Arkansas (where I reside now). In my paintings and installations, I re-create intimate moments culled from my home and neighborhood in Iran. Due to the Muslim Travel Ban and a situation where I have been far away from my homeland I could feel my memories of home fading away. By utilizing memories from my past, I take aspects of images that are no longer recognizable and, therefore, are abstracted into shapes that allude to elements found in my homeland. Consequently, aspects of everyday life such as architecture, furniture, gardens, or a specific time of a day become the basis for my work. My desire is to create a situation where the viewer looks at abstract paintings or installations and feels a familiarity, but can’t quite place what it is or why they sense a kinship. By creating this kind of scenario, I can show that regardless of nationality, religion, or gender there are commonalities for all individuals.

About the art

Ziba Rajabi (b.1988, Tehran, Iran) received her MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her BFA from the Sooreh University, Tehran. She is the recipient of the Artist 360 Grant, a program sponsored by Mid-America Arts Alliance. She primarily works with painting, drawing, fiber-based installation. Her work has been included in a number of exhibitions, nationally and internationally, such as Masur Museum, LA; CICA Museum, South Korea; Araan Gallery, Iran; The II Platform, UK; Pensacola Museum, Florida; Site:Brooklyn, NY; Amos Eno Gallery, NY; Tops Gallery, TN, The Soo Contemporary, Tehran, among many Others. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.

As an Iranian female artist based in Arkansas, my work revolves around the desire to reconcile my relationship with two distinctive spaces: Tehran (my native land) and Arkansas (where I reside now). In my paintings and installations, I re-create intimate moments culled from my home and neighborhood in Iran. Due to the Muslim Travel Ban and a situation where I have been far away from my homeland I could feel my memories of home fading away. By utilizing memories from my past, I take aspects of images that are no longer recognizable and, therefore, are abstracted into shapes that allude to elements found in my homeland. Consequently, aspects of everyday life such as architecture, furniture, gardens, or a specific time of a day become the basis for my work. My desire is to create a situation where the viewer looks at abstract paintings or installations and feels a familiarity, but can’t quite place what it is or why they sense a kinship. By creating this kind of scenario, I can show that regardless of nationality, religion, or gender there are commonalities for all individuals.