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Yari Ostovany

1962 Iran (Islamic Republic of)

25 Works exhibited

Current location

New York City

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  • About the Artist
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Yari Ostovany is an Iranian-born American abstract artist. He creates richly textured, layered color field paintings that explore processes of metamorphosis. He has lived in Tehran, Cologne, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Reno. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Education

Yari Ostovany began his creative studies at age 14, he was first drawn to modern Persian poetry and then the visual arts. He earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995, his BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and his BA in Art from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has received numerous awards and grants, including the Sierra Arts Endowment Grant, and has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Technique

The paintings Ostovany creates unfold over time, evolving as layers of pigment are added, washed out, covered over, scraped away, dissolved and then more layers added. With each new phase in the process the composition becomes deeper and more luminous. A new painting often begins as a series of calligraphic gestural marks, what Ostovany calls a gesturaloutburst, inspired by a cognitive/emotional spark. Ostovany then rubs and dilutes the marks, allowing them to meld together with previous marks and layers, coaxing new dimensions of color and texture. The transient nature of the layers becomes embedded into the visual language of the work, evoking a sense of movement and transcendence.


Inspiration

Natural and mystical processes inspire Ostovany. He is attracted to the alchemistical transformation of formal elements like light, color, texture and space into compositions that are more than the sum of their disparate parts. Informed by a variety of different cultures, Ostovany feels a connection to multiple separate and yet complementary mystical traditions. He looks toward elements of Western and Eastern art, literature, spirituality, poetry and music to create an environment and a mindset conducive to his process, which is connected to Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting.


Exhibitions

Yari Ostovany has exhibited his work in numerous solo exhibitions in the US, the UK, Canada, Iran, Tajikistan, Italy and Germany. His paintings have also been exhibited internationally in multiple two-person and group shows.


Collections

Work by Ostovany are included in many private collections around the world, as well as the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, the Pasargad Bank Museum in Tehran, and the Collection of the Art Department of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Solo Exhibitions

2018

Far Out Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Rebecca Molayem Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Living Room Gallery (Saint Peter's Church), New York, NY
Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA

2017

Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley, CA

2016

Ligne Roset, San Francisco, CA

B&B&Co Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Mill Valley Arts Commission, Mill Valley, CA

2015

Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2014

Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Red Mountain Gallery, TMCC , Reno, NV

The Shed Contemporary, Dana Point, CA

LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ligne Roset, San Francisco, CA

2012

Art People Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011

Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA

2010

Queen Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2009

San Jose City College Art Gallery, San Jose, CA

2007

Northwest Reno Library, Reno, NV

2003

Art Corner Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2002

Bochum Kulturrat (City of Bochum Cultural Center), Germany

1998

Hourian Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1997

Other Art Gallery, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, OR

1994

Footwork Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1989

Walter McNamara (SxN) Gallery, Reno, NV

1988

Manville Gallery, Reno, NV


Two Person Exhibitions

2018

Gallery at North Berkeley Investment Partners, Berkeley, CA

2016

Madrigal Family Winery Gallery, Sausalito, CA

2015

MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014

Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY

2013

Haleh Gallery, Berg am Starnberger See, Germany


Group Exhibitions

2018

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

2017

Kamil Art Gallery, Monaco-Ville, Monaco (Organized by Magic of Persia)
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA
Vida Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
GearBox Gallery, Oakland, CA
Museum Parc, San Francisco, CA
Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016

Galerie Art Eterne, New Delhi, India

Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA

Foundry Art Centre, Saint Charles, Missouri

Hud Gallery, Ventura, CA

Seyhoun Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI

Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

2015 

LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

Maryland Federation of Art - Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD

Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY

Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, New York

Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

Berkel ey Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2014 

The Invisible Line Gallery, London, UK

Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR

Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Shirin Gallery NY, New York, NY

The SHED Contemporary, Dana Point, CA

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

ABRA Gallery, Westlake Village, CA

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

 2013 

Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1337 Gallery, San Rafael, CA

Thomas & Paul Gallery, London , UK

2012 

Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Orange County Center For Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

Estense Castle Museum, Ferrara, Italy

2011

ArtPeople Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Arts West Gallery, Elon, North Carolina

2010

Gallery 133, Toronto, Canada

2009

California State University, Fullerton Grand Central Art Center

Vision Gallery, Chandler, Arizona

2008 

Galleria Lallihome, Varenna, Italy

2007

la Giornata del Contemporaneo , Camaver Kunsthaus, Lecco, Italy

Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

2006 

Sheppard Contemporary, Reno, NV

2003

HotHouse Center for Performance & Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2002

Mojaveri Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2001

Kunsthof Merten, Merten, Germany

2000

K ö ln Galerie, Cologne, Germany

Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran

1999

Ovissi Gallery, Emeryville, CA

Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

WORKS Gallery, San Jose, CA

Eklektikos Gallery, Washington, DC

1997

Evolving Perceptions, National Press Club, Washington, DC

San Jose City College, San Jose, CA

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

1996

Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA

1994 

Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

1993

Terrain Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Walter/McBean Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

1992

San Francisco Art Institute Spring Exhibition, CA

1991

Dow & Frosini Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1990

E. L. Wiegand Museum of Art, Reno, NV

1989

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, NV

1988

Ackerman Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Nevada State Council on the Arts, Reno, NV

1987 

Walter McNamara (SxN) Gallery, Reno, NV

1986 

Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

2007

Sierra Arts Endowment Grant

1993

Annual San Francisco Art Institute Student Exhibition

1989, 1988

Craig Sheppard Memorial Art Scholarship

1988

Home Federal Bank Art Competition, Reno, Nevada

1988

Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation Grant, Reno, Nevada

1988, 1987, 1986

Annual University of Nevada - Reno Student Art Exhibition

Works by Yari Ostovany

Order by

2017

61 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm

7667,41 €

2015

228.6 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm

21298,35 €

2016

152.4 x 203.2 x 5.1 cm

21298,35 €

2017

183 x 183 x 3 cm

27261,88 €

2019

178 x 152 x 3 cm

23854,15 €

2018

157 x 208 x 5 cm

23854,15 €

2017

190.5 x 139.7 x 5.1 cm

22150,28 €

2017

203.2 x 182.9 x 5.1 cm

28113,82 €

2019

165.1 x 165.1 x 5.1 cm

23428,18 €

2019

95 x 127 x 3 cm

13630,94 €

2016

91.4 x 121.9 x 5.1 cm

12779,01 €

2016

127 x 137.2 x 5.1 cm

17038,68 €

2017

121.9 x 228.6 x 5.1 cm

23002,22 €

2017

89 x 122 x 5 cm

10223,21 €

2019

192 x 102 cm

9800,00 €

2020

66 x 66 cm

2300,00 €

2020

76 x 76 cm

2700,00 €

2014

76 x 76 cm

2950,00 €

1999

51 x 51 cm

1800,00 €

2016

80 x 83 cm

3250,00 €

2003

72 x 69 cm

3300,00 €

2015

76 x 76 cm

2900,00 €

2005

91 x 91 cm

4000,00 €

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