Negar Ahkami is a visual artist from Clifton, NJ who currently works out of Brooklyn where she creates expressive narrative paintings inspired by Persian art’s ceramic traditions and patterns. Her solo exhibitions include The Consumption, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY (opening June 6, 2013); Pride and Fall, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY (2009); and The Birth of Pattern, LMAK Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2007). Group exhibitions include The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in the Middle East Diaspora, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University and Douglas Library, Rutgers University, NJ (2012) and WOMENARTISTS@NEWBRITAINMUSEUM, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT (2011). Ahkami was selected to participate in the Artists in the Marketplace program (2008), LMCC’s Workspace Residency (2006-2007), and a residency with the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004). Recent publications include Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art(2012), and New Britain Museum of American Art (2011). Ahkami holds a B.A. from Columbia University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.F.A. from The School of Visual Arts.

During her Governors Island residency, Ahkami will make small paintings and drawings depicting figures in water while investigating the the capacity of water imagery to communicate feelings of struggle, vulnerability, and ecstasy.


Image credit: courtesy of the artist