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Omid Shekari

Omid Shekari

Philadelphia, PA

Omid Shekari

A non-descript room washed in shadows; men at a long table; a Meeting the title announces, but of whom, and for what unfortunate purpose?  Who is that man in the background … what is hidden under the tablecloth … and come to think of it, why is the floor painted in a red wash that somehow manages to make it onto the man’s shoes?

With a limited palette, bold strokes, expressive lines, and what looks like it might be a staged scene, Omid Shekari continues to explore, in ambiguities, the backrooms of power and its troubled and troubling purposes.  In a placeless room, he explores seldom-seen but are all-too-familiar elements … and emotions.

Fast Facts

Name: Omid Shekari

Place of Birth: Tehran, Iran

2016, M.F.A. – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
2011, B.F.A (Painting) – Soore University (Tehran, Iran)

Significant or special training:
2016 – Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2015 – MFA Residency Program – Ox-bow School of Art
2015 – 24th Process Art Space Festival, Bulgaria

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Clint Jukkala
Kevin M. Richards
Vincent Desidario
Eileen Neff

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Francisco Goya
Leon Golub
David Hockney

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Adjunct Faculty at Temple University
Studio at PAFA through the PAFA Alumni Studio Program

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