Zahra Nazari: A Retrospective, Cinema Supply, Sept 15th, 2022 – March 31st, 2023

Zahra Nazari: A Retrospective Exhibition
Cinema Supply, 217 W 21st Street, New York, NY
Sep 15th, 2022 – March 31st, 2023


Iranian-American Zahra Nazari’s abstract architectural paintings bring together two distinct worlds

Zahra Nazari’s work is a unique composite of gestural abstraction and intricate architectural painting. This combinations creates a compelling visual narrative with a mixture of pure abstraction and geometry gives the viewer a reason to stop, stare, and wonder. Today, her artwork is known for its gestural rhythms, layered density, organic feel, and the use of architectural and floral influences inspired by traditional formats from her native land of Iran. The artist herself offers a captivating tale of an artist who risked everything to break into the New York artworld–more on this later.

After getting a sneak peek of her latest exhibition at Cinema Supply–the recently renovated former warehouse building at 217 W 21st Street in Chelsea, NY, and a tour of her new studio, Art Review City is pleased to share her unlikely, and often surprising, story with our readers:


UPROOTED, Chashama LIC, Oct 10th – Nov 10th, 2019

Uprooted Exhibition
Chashama LIC, 37-18 Northern Blvd, NY
Oct 10th – Nov 10th, 2019
Funded by Queens Council Grant & Puffin Foundation


Chashama’s Space to Present at 37-18 Northern Blvd. is pleased to showcase an exhibition of new paintings by Zahra Nazari. A public opening reception will be held for the artist on 10 October from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 37-18 Northern Blvd., (Ground Floor) Long Island City, New York, 11101, and the exhibition will be on view 5 October through 2 November. Queens Council on the Arts and Puffin Foundation has funded this exhibition.

Uprooted, a new painting exhibition by Zahra Nazari is a spotlight on the lives of immigrants through the unique lens of Nazari’s abstract art style. After performing a series of interviews and extensive research on the lives of specific immigrants in Queens, NY, she applied her passion, style, and shared experiences to their journeys to the US. The result is recognition of the immigrant’s paths and dreams through abstract architectural paintings.

This exhibition demonstrates a divergence for the artist. The unseen forces of immigration have often influenced Zahra Nazari, herself being a recent Iranian immigrant to the US. Feelings of hope, fear, and displacement make their way into her subject matter, brush-strokes, and choices of color. This latest work’s goal is to create visual empathy for the shared experiences of all immigrants.


Tatlin’s Tower