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Dejavu IV

Beauty

silver painted face & lips


Sia Aryai explores female beauty through the filter of his own childhood in repressive Tehran, Iran, where as a boy he sketched female figures from contraband magazines. In his series
Aryai portrays empty gazes and whitened faces of women. Aryai seeks to reduce the effects of cultural dictates about beauty and to highlight the essential, timeless qualities of his subjects. Aryai’s portraits reflect a perspective about beauty that was formed by the restrictive circumstances of his youth and that has since become a key element of his identity as an artist.

Sia Aryai‭ ‬

‭ ‬Aryai fell in love with depictions of women in the magazines smuggled into his home town‭, ‬
Tehran‭, ‬Iran‭. ‬He secretly sketched figures from these forbidden fruits‭. ‬This was the beginning of‭ ‬
his life in art‭. ‬

With great good luck‭, ‬he was able to emigrate to England‭, ‬and his formal art education began‭. ‬
Released from an oppressive culture‭, ‬his passion and ambition exploded‭. ‬

When he moved to the United States‭, ‬he fell in love again‭, ‬this time with photography‭. ‬He feels‭ ‬
this is the perfect medium to capture the essence and beauty of the mystery that is woman‭. ‬Since‭ ‬
the late‭ ‬ش80s‭, ‬he has happily employed his unique vision and style to celebrate his first and‭ ‬
enduring muse‭: ‬The female form‭. ‬

Sia Aryaiصs artwork captures the sensual delicacy of the‭ ‬
feminine mystique combined with a rough‭, ‬coarse‭ ‬
embellishment suggestive of Ancient Persia and modern‭ ‬
day women‭, ‬transcending time and place‭, ‬in a subconscious‭ ‬
space that attracts and affects us all‭. ‬

Daniel DeBevoise‭ ‬
Curator‭ ‬
NoHo Gallery‭, ‬Los Angeles‭ ‬

We who love the magic of photographs are compelled‭ ‬
to own and display photographs‭ ‬ذ‭ ‬photographs that‭ ‬
somehow stop us‭, ‬linger with us‭, ‬emote feelings unique in our‭ ‬
daily lives‭, ‬and demand that we thank the artist‭. ‬When I saw‭ ‬
Sia Aryaiصs work at the VIVA gallery‭, ‬I experienced many of‭ ‬
these feelings‭.‬

‭ ‬Gil Garcetti‭ ‬
Celebrated Photographer‭ ‬
Founder of a Public Service Dynasty‭ ‬

Awards and Distinctions‭: ‬

‭ ‬Award of Merit‭, ‬Rosenthal Gallery‭, ‬Fayetteville State University National‭ ‬
Competition‭, ‬North Carolina 2007‭ ‬
Benefactor Award‭, ‬Nicolet College National Competition‭, ‬Rhinelander‭, ‬
Wisconsin 2007‭ ‬
The Merit Award‭, ‬Minot State University National Competition‭, ‬North‭ ‬
Dakota 2007


The ‬Subagh Khalsa Winkelstern Award‭, ‬49‭ ‬Chautauqua National Exhibit of‭ ‬
American Art‭, ‬New York 2006‭ ‬


Mr‭. ‬Aryai has done creative product design renderings for corporations such as Nike‭, ‬Kraft and‭ ‬
Adidas‭, ‬and has provided images for key set decorations in major motion pictures‭. ‬


Recent Exhibitions‭: ‬
2013‭:‬

Lounge Gallery Los Angeles, CA
‭‬DNJ Gallery Santa Monica CA‭ ‬
‭‬Box Hart Gallery‭, ‬Pittsburgh‭, ‬Pennsylvania‭ ‬

2012‭:‬

‭‬The Salon of Autumn‭, ‬Paris‭, ‬France‭ ‬
Nord Art‭, ‬Kunstwerk Carishutte‭, ‬Budeladorf‭, ‬Germany‭ ‬


2011‭:‬

‭‬Art Share Gallery‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Red Brick Gallery‭, ‬Ventura‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Space Womb Gallery‭, ‬Long Island City‭, ‬New York‭ ‬


2010‭:‬

‭‬Duncan Miller Gallery‭, ‬LACMA Photo Art Council‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬California‭ ‬
‭*‬Phantom Galleries‭, ‬Long Beach‭, ‬California‭ ‬
‭*‬Stephanie Hoppen Gallery‭, ‬London‭, ‬England‭ ‬
‭*‬McKinley Gallery‭, ‬Reno‭, ‬Nevada‭ ‬

2009‭:‬

‭‬Ciao Gallery‭, ‬Wilson‭, ‬Wyoming‭ ‬
Phantom Gallery‭, ‬Los Angeles‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Gallery West‭, ‬Alexandria‭, ‬Virginia‭ ‬
Aurora Colors Gallery‭, ‬Petaluma‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Topanga Canyon Gallery‭, ‬Topanga‭, ‬California‭ ‬


2008‭:‬

‭‬Columbia City Gallery‭, ‬Seattle‭, ‬Washington‭ ‬
2nd April Gallery‭, ‬Canton‭, ‬Ohio‭ ‬
Gallery Lambardi‭, ‬Austin‭, ‬Texas‭ ‬
Lana Santorelli Gallery‭, ‬New York‭, ‬New York‭ ‬


2007‭:‬

‭‬Palm Springs Art Museum‭, ‬Palm Springs‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Peninsula Museum of Art‭, ‬Belmont‭, ‬California‭ ‬


‭* ‬Indicates Solo Showing‭ ‬


Group Exhibitions of Note‭: ‬

2008‭:‬

‭ ‬Viva Gallery‭, ‬Sherman Oaks‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Columbia City Gallery‭, ‬Seattle‭, ‬Washington‭ ‬
Yeiser Art Center‭, ‬Paducah‭, ‬Kentucky‭ ‬
2nd April Gallery‭, ‬Canton‭, ‬Ohio‭ ‬
International Art Expo‭, ‬Las Vegas‭, ‬Nevada‭ ‬
Nicolet College Gallery‭, ‬Rhinelander‭, ‬Wisconsin‭ ‬
Gallery Lambardi‭, ‬Austin‭, ‬Texas‭ ‬
Lana Santorelli Gallery‭, ‬New York‭, ‬New York‭ ‬
Court Gallery‭, ‬Williams Paterson University‭, ‬Wayne‭, ‬New Jersey‭ ‬
Union Art Gallery‭, ‬Louisiana State University‭, ‬Baton Rouge‭, ‬Louisiana‭ ‬
The Gallery Art‭ & ‬Design‭, ‬Richmond‭, ‬Virginia‭ ‬
Red Brick Gallery‭, ‬Ventura‭, ‬California‭ ‬

2007‭:‬

‭ ‬Peninsula Museum of Art‭, ‬Belmont‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Palm Springs Art Museum‭, ‬Palm Springs‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Gallery West‭, ‬Alexandria‭, ‬Virginia‭ ‬
Goodlander Gallery‭, ‬Easthampton‭, ‬Massachusetts‭ ‬
Gallery 1905‭, ‬Sycamore‭, ‬Illinois‭ ‬
PBCC‭, ‬Lake Worth‭, ‬Florida‭ ‬
Foundry Art Center‭, ‬St‭. ‬Charles‭, ‬Missouri‭ ‬
Brown‭ & ‬Scurlock Galleries‭, ‬Beaumont‭, ‬Texas‭ ‬
Digital Artistصs Space‭, ‬Troy‭, ‬New York‭ ‬
Rosenthal Gallery‭, ‬Fayetteville University‭, ‬Fayetteville‭, ‬North Carolina‭ ‬
Campbell Gallery‭, ‬Western Oregon University‭, ‬Monmouth‭, ‬Oregon‭ ‬
Kauffman Gallery‭, ‬Shippensburg University‭, ‬Shippensburg‭, ‬Pennsylvania‭ ‬
Space 237‭ ‬Gallery‭, ‬Toledo‭, ‬Ohio‭ ‬
The Kinsey Institute‭, ‬Indiana University‭, ‬Bloomington‭, ‬Indiana‭ ‬
Butler Institute of American Art‭, ‬Youngstown‭, ‬Ohio‭ ‬
2nd City Council Gallery‭, ‬Long Beach‭, ‬Califronia‭ ‬
Midlantic Gallery‭, ‬Perkasie‭, ‬Pennsylvania‭ ‬
Rawls Museum Arts‭, ‬Courtland‭, ‬Virginia‭ ‬
NoHo Gallery‭, ‬Hollywood‭, ‬California‭ ‬
Northwest Art Center‭, ‬Minot State University‭, ‬North Dakota‭ ‬
Antreasian Gallery‭, ‬Baltimore‭, ‬Maryland‭ ‬
Northbrook Public Library‭, ‬Northbrook‭, ‬Illinois‭ ‬



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