Nazanin Moghbeli

"Red Dream," 2021
"Red Dream," 2021

ink and charcoal on archival paper, 12"x16", (on hold)

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"M5," 2018
"M5," 2018

ink on archival paper, 14"x24", $900

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"M4," 2018
"M4," 2018

ink on archival paper, 11"x14", $750

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"Etude 8," 2020
"Etude 8," 2020

ink and graphite on archival paper, 22"x28", $1,200

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"Etude 6," 2020
"Etude 6," 2020

ink and graphite on archival paper, 22"x28", $1,200

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"Etude 3," 2020
"Etude 3," 2020

ink and graphite on archival paper, 22"x28", $1,200

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"Morge Sahar," 2021
"Morge Sahar," 2021

ink on archival paper, 8"x10", (on hold)

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"Etude11," 2020
"Etude11," 2020

ink and graphite on archival paper, 28"x22", $1,200

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"Melody," 2016
"Melody," 2016

ink and graphite on clayboard, 12"x12", $1,200

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"Fragment 1," 2020
"Fragment 1," 2020

collage, graphite, and oil on panel, 12"x12", $1,100

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"Fragment 2," 2020
"Fragment 2," 2020

collage, graphite, and oil on panel, 12"x12", $1,100

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"Fragment 3," 2020
"Fragment 3," 2020

collage, graphite, and oil on panel, 12"x12", $1,100

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Iranian-American artist Nazanin Moghbeli has training in Persian calligraphy, miniature painting, and music. She borrows techniques from Iranian calligraphy to create abstract drawings with traditional bamboo “ghalams,” or quills. Rather than using these techniques to create religious objects as they were originally used, she explores the secular meaning of line in and of itself. She seeks the complete dissolution of words and prefers instead to create abstract images, her alternative to religious object making.

Moghbeli grew up during the turbulent years of the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. In her art, she grapples with her dual identities as an Iranian and American to shed light on what happens when that which seems disparate comes together. The simultaneous contradictory presence of violence and beauty, conflict and harmony, bloodshed and community are central to her work.