"I'm interested in capturing the idea that every living cell in all the history of time has been recycled from the same elements, passed on to new life from old life. I want to capture that connection between all of us and all living things. Science does not negate spiritual connectivity; it enhances it."

Niki Zarrabi is a first generation Iranian-American, mixed media artist from Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Drawing and Painting from Georgia State University in 2014. Her work ranges from painting and installation to large-scale mural work.

 

Zarrabi explores the complex relationship between spirituality and the science of human existence. She uses art to study the structure of our universe as a means to understanding its sustenance. By recreating the delicate infrastructures of biology in her layered pieces, Zarrabi is abstractly interpreting her own perception of our existence. Her goal is to provide her audience with an alternate appreciation for the countless, fragile yet complex elements that come together in order to give us life.

Zarrabi further examines the spiritual connectivity that exists amongst all life forms concurrently in her series of botanical paintings, titled 'Femme Petale'. These surrealist paintings push the idea of reincarnation as represented by flowers, seeing as plants are continually in a state of living and dying. The floral arrangements are illustrated as "melting" to represent a return back to the earth while the flowers represent life itself. These paintings strive to find beauty and comfort in the inevitability of death. 'Femme Petale' additionally delves into topics of fertility and Mother Nature by subtly alluding to feminine power and matriarchy.

THE ARTIST

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2014 // Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with concentration in Drawing and Painting, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

EXPERIENCE

2018 // Commissioned to create lobby artwork for the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, CA

2018 // Commissioned by the City of Atlanta to design and fabricate a crosswalk mural at Poplar St. and Broad St., Atlanta, GA

2018 // Art instructor for The New School, Atlanta, GA

2017 // Selected to illustrate a page in Vol.2 of ColorATL Coloring Book, Atlanta, GA

2016 // Commissioned to paint public installation "Bike-Rack Mural" for city of Atlanta, bike rack located in Tech Square, Atlanta, GA

2016 // Selected to create interactive installation for event WonderFarm by WonderRoot, Atlanta, GA

2016 // Guest Lecturer and Workshop Instructor at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

2015 // Commissioned to create installation for electronic music event, PARALLEL, Atlanta, GA

2014 // Commissioned to create installation for music video, "Tightwire" by Adam Sams

2013 - 2018 // Assistant Artist for Craig Allan, Atlanta, GA

2012 - 2013 // Volunteer at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

HONORS + AWARDS

2018 // Awarded regional finalist of The 9th Annual BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series, Atlanta, GA

2017 // Selected to present artwork at Heineken & 99x Showcase event to represent fine art in Old Fourth Ward district of Atlanta, GA

2016 // Exhibited in curated show for Creative Loafing's Best of ATL Party at the Georgia Freight Depot, Atlanta, GA

2015 // Awarded Best in Show in Juried Exhibition of 50 Georgia Artists at Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA

2010 // Artwork chosen for permanent mural in Cobb County Emergency Management Agency Building, Marietta, GA

2009 // First place winner in state-wide art competition for Jimmy Carter NHS Education Program, Atlanta, GA

EXHIBITIONS + PROJECTS

Nov. 8 - ongoing // "In This Moment": Inaugural Art Show, FREEMARKET, Atlanta, GA

Sept. 7 - October 4, 2019 // "Paper Trail"; group show featuring works on paper, ABV Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Aug. 24 - Sept. 17, 2019 // FamilyHood Group Show; Octane West Side, Atlanta, GA

July 12 - Sept. 2, 2019// "WHAT BINDS US"; Solo exhibition, Cat Eye Creative, Atlanta, GA

June 29, - July 6, 2019 // "Summer Group Exhibition"; presented by The FIA Art Club, Cat Eye Creative, Atlanta, GA

June 21 - Aug. 31, 2019// "Decked Out"; A group show of hand painted skate decks in parntership with Ambush Skateboarding for Go Skateboarding Day, ABV Gallery, Atlanta, GA

April 26 - May 3, 2019// "First 30"; group exhibition featuring 30 of Atlanta's strongest creatives, Cat Eye Creative, Atlanta, GA

April 13 - June 14 , 2019 // "A BETTER VIEW"; International Spring group exhibition, ABV Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Jan. 12 - Jan. 30, 2019 // NEW YEAR*NEW ART; group show of new works, Facet Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Dec. 15 - Dec. 20, 2018 // Paint Like a Girl 2018; a all women's art show benefiting Wellspring Living, Facet Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Nov. 16 - Jan. 4, 2019 // RADIATE; A 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Nov. 10 - Nov. 30, 2018 // Elusive and Intangible: A Collection of Abstract Art, Facet Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Sept. 6 - Sept 15, 2018 // The Regional Semi-Finalist exhibition for The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series, ZuCot Gallery, Atlanta, GA

June 1 - June 29, 2018 // POP Start; curated group exhibition, dk Contemporary Gallery, Marietta, GA

May 18 - June 27, 2018 // Flourish.; a solo exhibition, Made Again, Atlanta, GA

Feb. 23 - March 23, 2018 // Lost In Reverie; an interactive, group installation exhibition, Artisans Bar & Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Oct. 31, 2017 // "Facet's Spooky Art Party"; group exhibition for a themed exhibition, Facet Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Oct. 25, 2017 // Launch Exhibition for Vol. 2 ColorATL; adult coloring book for therapy, Monday Night Garage, Atlanta, GA

Oct. 13, 2017 // Activating the Apparatus; official opening of StrangeMatterATL; featuring all female artists, Atlanta, GA 

Oct. 7, 2017 // Familyhood ATL exhibition at Mutiny Artwx, Atlanta, GA

Sept. 2 - Sept. 29, 2017 // Paint Like a Girl 2017; a all women's art show benefiting Wellspring Living, Facet Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Aug. 2016 - present // IndusTREElization; a collaborative public installation, Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, GA

Aug. 24 - Sept. 23, 2017 // MOVEMENT; a dual exhibition, Blue Mark Gallery, Atlanta, GA

April 21 - April 24, 2017 // Artexpo New York 2017, Pier 94, Manhattan, NY

April 21 - June 2, 2017 // The New South II; Juried Exhibition for works on paper, Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

March 25, 2017 // 'Artists' Studio Auction', a curated, one-night-only, art auction, Facet Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Oct. 21 - Dec. 3, 2016 // FRESH, a curated group show at Kai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Aug. 4, 2016 // Spectrum: An Art Event with Artist Niki Zarrabi; solo exhibition at W Hotel, Buckhead, GA

May 6 - June 17, 2016 // 'Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibition', Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA

April 8 - May 31, 2016 // The New South; Juried Exhibiton for works on paperKai Lin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Feb.13 - Feb. 28, 2016 // MEET ME IN 4D; collaborative exhibition, Mammal Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Dec.19, 2015 // GAWD; group exhibition, Nirvana Studios, Atlanta, GA

Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2015 // Artist of the Month displayed at Westside Octane Coffee Shop, Atlanta, GA

June.14 - Nov. 14, 2015 // Displaying Artist at Midtown Hyatt Hotel lobby, Atlanta, GA

May.1 - June. 12, 2015 // 'Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibition', Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA

Nov.22 - Dec. 10, 2014 // Dual Exhibition; 'Morphology Meets Lifespan', Mammal Gallery, Atlanta, GA

February 2014 // Haute Contemporary; fundraiser exhibit, Loews Hotel, Atlanta, GA

August 2013 // Copula; group show, Union, Atlanta, GA

June 2013 // Consumption; group show, Union, Atlanta, GA

April 2013 // "Reclaiming Woodland"; public installation, Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, GA

March 2013 // "Proprioception", installation, 100 Peachtree, Atlanta, GA

PUBLICATIONS + INTERVIEWS

June 18, 2019 // Drunk on Lettering Podcast, with Niki Zarrabi, ep. 151

Oct. 16, 2018 // The ShowATL Podcast, Season 2, ep. 2

Dec. 29, 2017 // FamilyHoodATL's "Behind the Art with Niki Zarrabi"; Q&A by FamilyHood

Nov. 7, 2017 // Q&A | Artist Niki Zarrabi, interview by Lynne Tanzer for CommonCreativ ATL

Aug. 19, 2016 // "Niki Zarrabi’s art explores biology, spirituality, and human existence"; article by Caroline Coxx for Creative Loafing

Aug. 9, 2016 // "Niki Zarrabi" article by ZH Magazine

March 22, 2016 // "Niki Zarrabi"; interview by Millennial Nomaad

March 12, 2016 // "Making A Living As An Artists (Yes, It's Possible)", blog post by Mavenly + Co.

Feb. 28, 2016 //'Who is Niki Zarrabi?"; interview by Aftab Committee

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