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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.



 – Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design                     2009-2012

   California State University Northridge (CSUN)  


– Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design                          1999-2004

   Azad University of Art & Architecture – Tehran, Iran                                                             



 – Teaching Assistant,

   Art 140: 2D Design, California State University, Northridge, Spring 2012

– Student Teaching Assistant,

   various graphic design courses, California State University, Northridge, Fall 2009-Fall 2011



– ART BRIEF: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY LOS ANGELES, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, December 2015

-LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, Arab and Iranian Typography in California, University Art Gallery, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, CA, Oct-Dec 2015 

-LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, Arab and Iranian Typography in California, American Arab Museum (AANM), Detroit Michigan, Dec 2014- Feb 2015 

-LOCAL/NOT LOCAL, Arab and Iranian Typography in California, Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles, June 2014

– Los Angeles Art Association Annual Benefit Auction, 2013

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

– BOOM (Southern California MFA Invitational Group Exhibition), PDC, 2012

-Annual juried art student exhibition, Main Gallery, CSUN, 2012 (won the second place) 

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

– Triangulation (group exhibition) West Gallery, CSUN, 2011 

– BOOM (Southern California MFA Invitational Group Exhibition), LA Mart, 2011 

– Viable Voices, Shed Gallery, CSUN, 2010

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

– Representation of Persian painting in Contemporary Art of Iran (group exhibition), Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran-Iran, 2007

– International Visual Arts Festival of Resistance (Illustration), Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran, 2006



– Member of LAAA (Los Angeles Art Association)