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About Shilla Shakoori



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



– The Same Thing Everyday, Moorpark College Art Gallery, Moorpark, CA, January-February  2020

– LAAA Open Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, December 2019-January 2020

– AMERICAN, GWC Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA, March-April 2019

– ART BRIEF IV: Iranian Contemporary San Francisco, SOMARTS Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, December 2018

– ART BRIEF III: THE (UN)DRAPED WOMAN, Arena1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, February 2017

– LAAA 2016 Open Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, December 2016

– ART BRIEF ll: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY NORTH AMERICA, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, December 2015

– ART BRIEF: IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY LOS ANGELES, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, June 2016

-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 Anual 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  thesecond 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)

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