B. 1989, Isfahan, Iran

Lives and works between U.S and Iran

Sara.emsaki@gmail.com

Iranian born US-based artist, Sara Emsaki, works in a variety of mediums, including painting and printmaking; re-appropriating images that target gender roles and their subsequent power dynamics. Her practice interrogates the multiple roles and codes individuals embody at the intersection of contrasting religious, cultural and aesthetic traditions. She is a recipient of the Wendy Sussman award in painting and the Eisner Prize for the highest achievement in the creative arts. Emsaki holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently pursuing her MFA at Yale School of Art.

EDUCATION

2018 – Master of Fine Arts - Yale School of Art (Painting and Printmaking)

2014 – 2016 Bachelor of Arts - University of California, Berkeley (Art Practice)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

Served In Parts, Center for Contemporary Creations, Isfahan, Iran

Behind Closed Doors, Rad Gallery, Berkeley, CA

EXHIBITIONS

2017    

The Beginning of Never Ending ,The Black Infinity Launching Exhibition, No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH ( Curated by Tosha Stimage )

Root Division’s 16th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco, CA

Opening Group Show, Sola Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA ( Curated by Ozzie Juarez )

Red Hot Wicked, Studio C Gallery, Santa Fe Art Colony, Los Angeles, CA 

 

2016  

Introductions 2016, Root Division, San Francisco, CA    

A Feeling of Filling, Thirdspace, San Jose, CA

Figure and Field, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, CA ( Curated by Daniel Nevers )

Senior Thesis Show, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Survivors’ Symposium, Wheeler Hall, Berkeley, CA

Pick Your Poison, Honors Exhibition, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting Exhibition, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

 

2015  

Real Talk, Honors Exhibition, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

IKWYDLS, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Terminal, Architecture of Time, Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA

Junction, Video Installation, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Skinterrior, Just Beige, Headquarters, Berkeley, CA

Take it or Leave it, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

 

RESIDENCIES

2017    July-September, Center for Contemporary Creations, Isfahan, Iran

 

AWARDS

2016    

The Eisner Prize- Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts- University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Art Department's Honor Studio Awardee

 

2015    

Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting - University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Academic Dean's Honors

UC Berkeley Art Department's Honor Studio Awardee

 

PUBLICATIONS

2018

Occidental College, department of Critical Theory and Social Justice

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2016

Introductions 16 Catalog, Root Division  

The Cal Literature & Arts Magazine (CLAM)

The Arts + Design Initiative

KPFB Radio, Art Vs. The World   

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2016 – 2017    

Painting Assistant for Katherine Sherwood, Bay Area, CA

2016    

Painting Instructor, City College of San Francisco – Continuing Education, SF, CA

Painting Assistant for Artist in Residence at Facebook HQ, Menlo Park, CA

 

2014 – 15  

Art Instructor, Coronado Elementary School, Richmond, CA