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Shilla Shakoori is a contemporary artist from Tehran, Iran, and currently based in Los Angeles and Chicago. Shakoori’s artistic output springs from an exploration of the synthesis between native and adopted cultures. It was through the border-transcending work of historical Persian poet Rumi that Shakoori began to fully connect to her cultural heritage, though Shakoori attributes her artistic influence to contemporary artists, such as LA painter Alexandra Grant, as well. The contrasting natures of Shakoori’s cultural identity and artistic inspiration constantly emerge in her artwork. Her exploration of language as both a graphic process and a cultural signifier is a driving force, even when no text is present in the painting (though Shakoori incorporates both English text and Persian script often). Shakoori highlights these dualities with a contrasted use of figurative illustration and abstracted forms, gorgeously painted with layers of texture that create a sense of depth and record the action of her hand. Despite the inherent conflicting nature of her artistic juxtaposition, Shakoori expresses herself in a harmonious and balanced manner, bringing a presence to her work that is truly mystical.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015 – Detroit, MI – LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, American Arab Museum (AANM), “Arab and Iranian Typography in California”

2014 – Los Angeles, CA – LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, Levantine Cultural Center, “Arab and Iranian Typography in California”

2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit Auction

2013 – Tehran, Iran – The illustration exhibition of Wonderland group, Summer Gallery, Artists Forum

2012 – PDC – BOOM, Southern California MFA Invitational, group exhibition  Group Exhibition

2012 – CSUN – Main Gallery – annual juried art student exhibition, won second place

2012 – Antelope Valley College – Art Gallery, “In Search Of Clarity: Three Perspectives On Iran,” group exhibition

2011 – CSUN – West Gallery, “Triangulation,” group exhibition

2011 – LA Mart – BOOM, Southern California MFA Invitational, group exhibition

2010 – CSUN – Shed Gallery, “Viable Voices”

2009 – CSUN – Shed Gallery, “As Long As It Takes,” with Sara Alavikia

2007 – Tehran, Iran – Mahe Mehr Gallery, “Representation of Persian painting in Contemporary Art of Iran,” group exhibition

2006 – Tehran, Iran – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, “International Visual Arts Festival of Resistance,” illustration.