Y.Z. Kami

Iranian-American, b. 1956

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Y.Z. Kami

Iranian-American, b. 1956

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Since the mid-1980s, New York-based Iranian-American artist Y.Z. Kami has focused on the portrait’s expressive possibilities. Having studied at UC Berkeley and the Sorbonne in Paris, Kami draws on inspiration from a wide range of sources such as figure painting, Egyptian funerary portraits, 13th- and 14th- century Sufi poetry, and philosophy to explore the relationship between what is actually seen and issues beyond the visible. In his abstract work, Kami uses inventive patterns and variations suffused with similar themes—his “Dome” paintings consist of concentric circles of tessellated marks, forming pulsing voids, while in the “Endless Prayer” series, collaged fragments of Persian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic texts are arranged in circular shapes to recall the rhythmic rituals of prayer and the elaborate mosaics of sacred architecture.

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Biography

Since the mid-1980s, New York-based Iranian-American artist Y.Z. Kami has focused on the portrait’s expressive possibilities. Having studied at UC Berkeley and the Sorbonne in Paris, Kami draws on inspiration from a wide range of sources such as figure painting, Egyptian funerary portraits, 13th- and 14th- century Sufi poetry, and philosophy to explore the relationship between what is actually seen and issues beyond the visible. In his abstract work, Kami uses inventive patterns and variations suffused with similar themes—his “Dome” paintings consist of concentric circles of tessellated marks, forming pulsing voids, while in the “Endless Prayer” series, collaged fragments of Persian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic texts are arranged in circular shapes to recall the rhythmic rituals of prayer and the elaborate mosaics of sacred architecture.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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