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Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Arabesque Composition), 2021, Oil, oil crayon and wax pencil on canvas, 198.12 x 172.72 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Arabesque Composition), 2021

Oil, oil crayon and wax pencil on canvas, 198.12 x 172.72 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Arabesque Composition) (detail), 2021

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Arabesque Composition) (detail), 2021

Kamrooz Aram, Andata (Luster on Blue Glaze), 2021, Oil, pencil and book page on linen, 60.96 x 50.8 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Andata (Luster on Blue Glaze), 2021

Oil, pencil and book page on linen, 60.96 x 50.8 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Composition with lapis lazuli, cobalt and ceramic bottle, 2021, Lapis lazuli and cobalt oil paint on linen, lapis lazuli and cobalt oil paint on wood, marble, ceramic, Panel: 137.16 x 101.6 cm; Pedestal: 106.68 x 20.32 x 20.32 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Composition with lapis lazuli, cobalt and ceramic bottle, 2021

Lapis lazuli and cobalt oil paint on linen, lapis lazuli and cobalt oil paint on wood, marble, ceramic, Panel: 137.16 x 101.6 cm; Pedestal: 106.68 x 20.32 x 20.32 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Palimpsest 50, 2019

Kamrooz Aram, Palimpsest 50, 2019
Oil, oil crayon, wax pencil and pencil on canvas, 213 x 152.5 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Arabesque Composition), 2020, Oil and wax crayon on linen, 152.4 x167.64 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Arabesque Composition), 2020

Oil and wax crayon on linen, 152.4 x167.64 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Islamic Art), 2021

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (Islamic Art), 2021
Paper, book covers and color pencil on linen, 101.6 x 76.2 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Elegy for Blue Architecture, 2020 , Oil and pencil on linen, 175.25 x 213.5 x 3.75 cm 

Kamrooz Aram, Elegy for Blue Architecture, 2020 

Oil and pencil on linen, 175.25 x 213.5 x 3.75 cm 

Kamrooz Aram, Elegy for Blue Architecture (detail), 2020, Oil and pencil on linen, 175.25 x 213.5 x 3.75 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Elegy for Blue Architecture (detail), 2020

Oil and pencil on linen, 175.25 x 213.5 x 3.75 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Installation view at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2019

Kamrooz Aram

Installation view at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2019

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition (11), 2018, Oil and pencil on linen, 50.75 x 40.5 x 3.75 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition (11), 2018

Oil and pencil on linen, 50.75 x 40.5 x 3.75 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Blue Galleries, 2019, Oil, pencil and collage on linen, 61 x 45.7 x 2.5 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Blue Galleries, 2019

Oil, pencil and collage on linen, 61 x 45.7 x 2.5 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ibn Sina, 2019

Kamrooz Aram, Ibn Sina, 2019
Oil, oil crayon, and pencil on linen
198 x 142.25 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Arabesco, 2019

Kamrooz Aram, Arabesco, 2019
Oil, oil crayon, wax pencil and pencil on linen
157.5 x 137 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Orange Blossom, 2019, Oil, oil crayon and wax pencil on linen

Kamrooz Aram, Orange Blossom, 2019

Oil, oil crayon and wax pencil on linen

213.5 x 175.25 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Nocturne 3 (Departing Nocturne), 2019

Kamrooz Aram, Nocturne 3 (Departing Nocturne), 2019
Oil, oil crayon, wax pencil and pencil on linen
193 x 152.5 cm
 

Kamrooz Aram, Ornament for Extraordinary Architecture, 2018

Kamrooz Aram

Ornament for Extraordinary Architecture, 2018

Oil, wax, oil crayon and pencil on canvas, 198 x 112 cm

Installation view at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Kamrooz Aram, The Rumor Circuit, 2018

Kamrooz Aram, The Rumor Circuit, 2018
Oil and oil crayon on linen, 228.5 x 198 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Le Grand Jeu, 2017

Kamrooz Aram, Le Grand Jeu, 2017
Oil and oil crayon on canvas, 213.5 x 182.75 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Tempered Composition with Three Points (Palimpsest #8), 2013, Oil, oil pastel and wax pencil on canvas, 213 x 183 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Tempered Composition with Three Points (Palimpsest #8), 2013

Oil, oil pastel and wax pencil on canvas, 213 x 183 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Backdrop for an Unstable Interior (Palimpsest #24), 2013, Oil, oil pastel and wax pencil on canvas, 213 x 168 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Backdrop for an Unstable Interior (Palimpsest #24), 2013

Oil, oil pastel and wax pencil on canvas, 213 x 168 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Blue Backdrop for Minor Arts, 2018

Kamrooz Aram, Blue Backdrop for Minor Arts, 2018
Oil and pencil on linen, oil on MDF, brass, terrazzo, ceramic, Dimensions variable

Kamrooz Aram, Blue Backdrop for Minor Arts (detail), 2018

Kamrooz Aram, Blue Backdrop for Minor Arts (detail), 2018

Kamrooz Aram, Green Movement, 2018, Panel: oil and pencil on linen; Pedestal: wood, brass, terrazzo; Ceramic, Dimensions variable

Kamrooz Aram, Green Movement, 2018

Panel: oil and pencil on linen; Pedestal: wood, brass, terrazzo; Ceramic, Dimensions variable

Kamrooz Aram, Green Movement (detail), 2018

Kamrooz Aram, Green Movement (detail), 2018

Kamrooz Aram, Green Memorial, 2017, Green marble, linen on mdf, ceramic, brass

Kamrooz Aram, Green Memorial, 2017

Green marble, linen on mdf, ceramic, brass

33 x 35.5 x 35.5 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Social Spaces 16, 2017, Oil, wax, oil crayon and pencil on canvas

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Social Spaces 16, 2017

Oil, wax, oil crayon and pencil on canvas

198 x 142.25 cm

An Object, A Gesture, A Decor, Kamrooz Aram, Installation view at FLAG Art Foundation, NY, 2018

An Object, A Gesture, A Decor, Kamrooz Aram

Installation view at FLAG Art Foundation, NY, 2018

 

Kamrooz Aram, Esfahan Composition, 2018, Color pencil, book cloth and postcards on linen

Kamrooz Aram, Esfahan Composition, 2018

Color pencil, book cloth and postcards on linen

45.75 x 61 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Blue Ornament: Still Life with Bottle, 2016

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Blue Ornament: Still Life with Bottle, 2016
Archival pigment print, 53.25 x 53.25 cm (each)

Installation view at Atlanta Contemporary, USA

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Blue Ornament: Still Life with Bottle (detail), 2016

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Blue Ornament: Still Life with Bottle (detail), 2016

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Social Spaces 14, 2017, Oil, wax, oil crayon and color pencil on canvas

Kamrooz Aram, Ornamental Composition for Social Spaces 14, 2017

Oil, wax, oil crayon and color pencil on canvas

198 x 172.75 cm

Kamrooz Aram, A Monument for Living in Defeat, 2016, Oil, wax and pencil on canvas, terrazzo and brass on panel, solid walnut and brass pedestals, soapstone and alabaster, Dimensions variable

Kamrooz Aram, A Monument for Living in Defeat, 2016

Oil, wax and pencil on canvas, terrazzo and brass on panel, solid walnut and brass pedestals, soapstone and alabaster, Dimensions variable

Kamrooz Aram, A Monument for Living in Defeat (detail), 2016

Kamrooz Aram, A Monument for Living in Defeat (detail), 2016

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Through Modern: An Uncertain Record for Future Nostalgia, 2016, Archival inkjet print, 52 x 78.75 cm, Ed. of 3

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Through Modern: An Uncertain Record for Future Nostalgia, 2016

Archival inkjet print, 52 x 78.75 cm, Ed. of 3

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (From the series Ancient Through Modern 18), 2015, Acrylic, pencil and paper collage on linen

Kamrooz Aram, Untitled (From the series Ancient Through Modern 18), 2015

Acrylic, pencil and paper collage on linen

50.75 x 40.5 cm

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Through Modern: A Collection of Uncertain Objects, Part 1, 2014

Kamrooz Aram

Ancient Through Modern: A Collection of Uncertain Objects, Part 1, 2014

Commissioned for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Through Modern: A Collection of Uncertain Objects (detail), Part 1, 2014

Kamrooz Aram

Ancient Through Modern: A Collection of Uncertain Objects (detail), Part 1, 2014

Commissioned for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014

Kamrooz Aram, Ancient Through Modern: A Collection of Uncertain Objects (detail), Part 1, 2014

Kamrooz Aram

Ancient Through Modern: A Collection of Uncertain Objects (detail), Part 1, 2014

Commissioned for the Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014

Biography

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Detail of Kamrooz Aram, Blue Backdrop for Minor Arts, 2018. Photo by Jason Mandela

Kamrooz Aram’s work is rooted in the history and practice of painting, which he expands to include collage, photography, sculptural works and exhibition design. His work engages the complicated relationship between Modernism and ornament, often with reference to non-western ornamental art, which he sees as a parallel to painting. Aram’s work sets out to renegotiate the art historical hierarchy that places these ornamental artforms in a category of value beneath fine art.
 

Aram’s paintings explore the ornamental potential in abstraction, while challenging the notion of ornament as superfluous form. His sculptural works evoke the display strategies of museums, especially those which house so called decorative arts. His recent exhibitions often function as works in their own right. Combining painting, sculpture, collage and exhibition design, he creates an interdependence between object and display, in an effort to reveal the significance of design and architecture in affecting the interpretation of art objects.

Portrait of Kamrooz Aram

Kamrooz Aram (born in 1978, Shiraz, Iran) received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and MFA from Columbia University in 2003.

Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Un Object, Un Geste, Galerie Mitterrand, Paris (2021); Lives of Forms: Kamrooz Aram and Iman Issa, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture, Belgium (2021); The New Arabesque, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India (2021); Arabesque, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2019); An Object, A Gesture, A Décor, FLAG Art Foundation, NY (2018); FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, USA (2018); Ancient Blue Ornament, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA, USA (2018); Kamrooz Aram, Anwar Jalal Shemza, Hales Gallery, NY, USA (2018); Ornament for Indifferent Architecture, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium (2017).

Recent group exhibitions include: Field of Vision, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, USA (2021); RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada (2020); Some Mysterious Process: 50 Years of Collecting International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2020); Desorientalismos, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2020); Fragile Frontiers: Visions on Iran’s in/visible borders, YARAT Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2019); Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday and Today, Gallery S, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2019); The Crime of Adolf Loos, Axel Vervoodt, Belgium (2019); Jameel Prize 5, The Porter Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (2018); Le Musée Imaginaire, Pavillion Trab, Jaou Tunis, Tunisia (2018).


Kamrooz Aram lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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