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Artist Bio:

Pouya Afshar is an alumnus from the California Institute of Arts Character Animation department and is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles Graduate Department of Film and Television focusing in Animation and Digital Media. He has exhibited his work as an animator and visual artist throughout Los Angeles and United States at renowned locations such as Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, Bovard Auditorium at University of Southern California, Royce Hall at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Monica Art studios, 18th street Art Center, and numerous galleries and art fairs around the world. Pouya has presented his research at Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Southern California, School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Residency Unlimited NY. He is also the recipient of a Create Economy Grant in the state of Massachusetts as well as a Fulbright Scholar award. Pouya is the creator, character designer and producer of the animated series “Rostam in Wonderland” and the co-creator of 1PA2PA comics. He is currently an assistant professor of art and Design at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Master of Fine Arts in Animation (School of Film, TV, and Digital Media)
MFA thesis, Zaal, Research and animated video production based on Ferdowsi’s ‘Book of the Kings’

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation (School of Film and Video)
Minor: Natural Science


2018            ADVOCARTSY. MOURNBABYMOURN. Solo exhibition, January, Los Angeles, CA

2017            DASTAN GALLERY. MOURNBABYMOURN. Solo exhibition, July-Aug, Tehran, Iran

2014             SHULAMIT GALLERY. Romance with the Crow I killed. Solo exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2013             SHULAMIT GALLERY. The Mystery of Suveyda. Two person exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2012             AUN GALLERY. Seven Conquests of Story. Solo Exhibition, Tehran, Iran

2011             AUN GALLERY. Div-e Aaz / The Demon of Greed. Solo Exhibition, Tehran, Iran

2011             18TH STREET ART CENTER. My Hijab Limitation, not Immunization. Duo Performance. Santa Monica, CA

2010             AUN GALLERY. Disorderly Scuffled. Solo Exhibition, Tehran Iran

2009             ANNENBERG FOUNDATION. Figure In Motion. Solo exhibition, Los Angeles, CA


2018         LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, Art of The Middle East’s ‘In the fields of empty days: the intersection of the past and present in Iranian art’ Group Exhibition, May. Los Angeles, CA

2017         UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL. Earth Day Group Exhibition, March, Lowell, MA

2016                        LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART, ‘Rostam in Wonderland’ series. Art of The Middle East’s ‘Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East’s exhibition, January, 2016. Los Angeles, CA                   http://www.lacma.org/sites/default/files/reading_room/Islamic_Art_Now_PartTwo_LACMA.pdf

2015             AUN GALLERY. Creative Art, Innovative Science. Group Exhibition, November. Tehran Iran


2015                     UNIVERSITY OF ADAM MICKIEWICZ /ART BRIDGES, December, Kalisz. Poland

2015            CRESCENT MOON PROJECTS. Screening of ‘Rostam in Wonderland’ Series, Access Theater NYC, March. NY, NY

2015        VOLTA-NY. Cotemporary Art Fair, March. NY, NY

2015                        PHOTO LA. Shulamit Gallery’s group show, January. Los Angeles, CA

2014                        NEW YORK UNIVERSITY. Screening of “Voided Loom: Kelardasht’s Carpet”, November. NY, NY

2014        HOUSTON FINE ARTS FAIR. Shulamit Gallery’s group show, September. Houston, TX

2013        ART MIAMI FAIR – CONTEXT. Miami, Florida

2013                        SKIRBALL CENTER – “Noor film festival screening of Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood”, Los Angeles, CA

2012             LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – “Farhang short film festival” screening of “Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood”. Los Angeles, CA

2012             GETTY’S PACIFIC STANDARD TIME. “Three Weeks in January” by Suzanne Lacy, Video Projection by Pouya Afshar, held in conjunction with LACE’s LA Goes Live. Los Angeles, CA

2012            FARJAM COLLECTION – ‘Chants from Paradise’. Special screening of “The Voided Loom”. Dubai, UAE

2011             THE VORTEX. La vs. War. Art for peace in the hope era, Group Exhibition. Los Angeles, CA

2011             LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART – “Farhang short film festival” screening of “The Voided Loom”. Los Angeles, CA

2011            ROYCE HALL – UCLA. Sima Bina and Lian Ensemble visual performance. Los Angeles, CA

2011             NIL GALLERY. Group Exhibition. Tehran, Iran

2011        SANTA MONICA ART STUDIOS, ARENA 1. Evolution/Revolution;

The Interconnectedness of All Beings, Group Exhibition. Santa Monica, CA

2008             UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC), Visions and Voices, Mystic Love and Personal Transformation’ visual performance and video projection. Los Angeles, CA

2007             HAROLD M. WILLIAMS AUDITORIUM, THE GETTY CENTER. The J. Paul Getty Trust, Sounds of LA, Video projection and visual poetry. Los Angeles, CA

2006        GALLERY 1919. El Gallo Café, Group Exhibition. Los Angeles, CA

2005              CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, ‘Out of Character’ Exhibition

under Cornelius Cole III’s direction, Group Exhibition. Valencia, CA


Professional Honors and Awards

2015    CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM, January. Los Angeles, CA

Short-listed as a finalist for ‘Focus Iran; Contemporary Photography and Video Competition’ at Craft and Folk Art Museum.

2013                   NOOR FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA

‘Best animation Director award’ candidate, “Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood”

2013                   NOOR FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA

‘Best animation Film award’ candidate, “Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood”

2013                  FARHANG FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA

1ST place award ($10,000) for best short film, “Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood”

2012                   FARHANG FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA

2nd place award ($5,000) for best short film, “Voided Loom: Kelardasht’s Carpet”

2013                   MAGIC OF PERSIA: MOP CAP, London, UK

Shortlisted for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize. MOP CAP is a worldwide search for the next generation of contemporary Iranian visual artists who have the potential to make a significant impact in their field

2009                   CHUCK JONES AWARD, Los Angeles, CA

Achievement in Animation Excellence, “The award recognizes the graduating senior in the animation program who exemplifies Jones’ attitude and approach to classical animation”