Kamrooz Aram is a contemporary artist whose work explores themes relating to systems of belief, including nationalist, religious, and artistic ideologies. Aram’s work uses iconography and abstraction to present the viewer with imagery that challenges reductive ways of seeing some of the social, cultural, and political issues of today. His paintings, drawings and collages have been known to bring together traditional and contemporary cultural references to create scenes reflecting “the carnivalesque, absurd, magical and scary present day.”
Kamrooz Aram was born in Shiraz, Iran and received his MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Aram has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2010); the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA), North Adams, MA (2006) and numerous galleries including Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York and Wilkinson Gallery, London. His work has been included in international group exhibitions including roundabout (2010), the Busan Biennale (2006), P.S.1/MoMA’s Greater New York 2005, and the Prague Biennale I (2003). His work has been featured and reviewed widely in publications such as Art in America, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Asian Art Newspaper, ArtAsiaPacific, The Village Voice, and the arts and culture segment on BBC Farsi, Tamasha. He has been the recipient of awards such as the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and a NYFA Fellowship. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
About Artists on Art
Contemporary artists lead informal, topical talks within the museum's galleries on Friday nights at 6:15 p.m. In conversation with Assistant Curator Beth Citron, speakers from New York and international contemporary art scenes interact with and informally discuss the rich artistic traditions of the Himalayas and surrounding regions in relation to their own practices and processes.