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Bennington College BA, Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Art MA, MFA
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ON EXHIBITION

Houshmand’s work is exhibited and collected internationally and was recently featured in Italia Docet/Laboratorium, a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennial and in the exhibition “21st Century American Women Artists” at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. She recently participated in the 3rd Biennial of Barcelona where she received the International Diego Velazquez Prize. For more information please visit www.roshanhoushmand.com.

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ABOUT ME

Roshan Houshmand is an Iranian/American artist and educator who was born in the Philippines in 1961, raised there and Iran until 1976.
Her BA is from Bennington College (1982) in Vermont, and her MA and MFA are from Dominican University’s Rosary College Graduate
School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy (1983, 84). A life-long learner, Roshan studied extensively in NYC with Julio Alpuy of the Taller of
Joaquin Torres Garcia (Founder of Universal Constructivism) and most recently at Schechen Monastery’s Tsering Art School in Nepal.

Houshmand’s work is exhibited and collected internationally and was recently featured in Italia Docet/Laboratorium, a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale and in the exhibition “21st Century American Women Artists” at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. She received the Special Merit Recognition Award for the Representation of Scientific/Mathematical Principle and Phenomena at “SMARTART” at The Next Big Idea in Los Alamos, NM for her painting, “Theoretical Event”. She recently participated in the 3rd Biennial of Barcelona where she received the International Diego Velazquez Prize. She has received numerous awards and grants from other sponsors including NYSCA and NYFA. She is an adjunct painting and art appreciation instructor at SUNY Delhi in upstate NY and an online adjunct drawing instructor with Southern New Hampshire University. Roshan currently lives and works in Andes, NY. For more information please visit www.roshanhoushmand.com. 

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BIOGRAPHY

2016, 17 Tsering Art School, Boudhanath, Nepal. Three-month thangka painting course.
2015 Institute of Tibetan Thangka Arts, Dharamsala, India. Two-month thangka painting course.
1984, 5, 9 Painting Tutorial with Julio Alpuy of the Taller of Joaquin Torres Garcia; New York, NY.
1984 MFA, Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Graduate Program at Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy.
1983 MA, Master of Arts in Art History, Dominican University, River Forest, IL Graduate
Program at Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy.
1981 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY; Summer Program in Morocco.
1982 BA, Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Bennington College, Bennington, VT. Scholarship student.

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TECHNIQUE


Roshan Houshmand's paintings are melodic fusions of the eastern and western traditions. The works are contemporary and western in execution, revealing eastern motifs and techniques as a reflection of her multi-cultural identity and experience.

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EXPERTISE

Roshan Houshmand's paintings are melodic fusions of the eastern and western traditions. And here lies the vigor of her art; to make the east a metaphor of the west and vice versa. Eastern textile designs, subtlest of mutations, are transformed dramatically to assume familiar shapes. Familiar only because the images speak with the appropriate elan for the western context of experience. The mood evoked is a perfect and harmonious mixture of the inexplicable mystery of Persian gardens and the transcendent spirituality of the western abstraction. All attained in the most original of schemes and with eclecticism sedulously proscribed. Never before have these dichotomous spirits been so contiguous and their boundaries so inseparably fused.

Abbas Daneshvari, PhD
2004


Roshan Houshmand’s paintings clearly indicate her interest in (these) eternal issues. It is the world of the mind and spirit rather than of the physical and material. The paintings are freely created with a field full of paint and symbols. The surface is more of a tablet for notation and evocation than for any concern with perspective or didactics. The free paint application creates a misty, dreamlike environment that allows movement and a certain vagueness. One is tempted to interpret this perception as a magical surface
that contains the embodiment of ritual, dream and mystery. They are so represented that the concept of voodoo readily comes to mind. From an art historical perspective, early Rothko, and particularly Gottlieb, paintings present a painted surface and symbols which are more structured and controlled. One is tempted to read their work like hieroglyphics, whereas here one takes Roshan’s work as a totality of parts which exist within the context or the work rather than on their own.

Roger L. Selby
Boca Raton Museum of Art
1990


Roshan Houshmand’s abstract muted oils resonate with painterly nuances of opaline delicacy. Strewn with a welter of iconic shapes and
forms, and rendered in chromatic tones of faded glory, these convey a sense of portentous ruins, like reliquary frescoes from the ancient
religious mystery. Houshmand’s cosmology is subtly female, softly evocative and almost hermetically abstract. Indeed, in this ranscendent series of abstract paintings, Houshmand seems a kind of recording angel of lost and faded mysteries.

Eric Bookhardt
Gambit, New Orleans
1990

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AWARDS

2019            International Diego Velazquez Prize; 3d Biennial of Barcelona, MEAM (European  Museum of Modern Art), curated by Salvatore and Francesco Russo. Barcelona, Spain.

2017            State University of New York at Delhi, NY.

                     - UUP Professional Development Grant.

                     - LA & S Professional Development Grant.

                     - Provost’s Professional Development Grant for COIL.

                     - Diversity Mini-Grant Award for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)  US-Mexico Multistate Program.

2013 - 16     New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Arts in Education Decentralization Grants; art projects designed and taught by Roshan                  Houshmand, administered by Roxbury Arts Group.  Roxbury, NY.

                 -  Andes Central School Mosaic Project

                 -  Margaretville Central School Master Painting Project

                 -  Margaretville Central School Mandala Painting Project

                 -  South Kortright Central School Global History Art Projects

2016           UUP Professional Development Grant, State University of New York at Delhi, Delhi, NY.

2014           Susan Asarian Nickerson Social Commentary Honorable Mention Award for painting The Cage in exhibition: “Endangered”, Woodstock Art Association and Museum. Woodstock, NY.

2014           Michelle Mac Naught Foundation Grants for coordinating and teaching “ASK; Art this Summer for Kids” and “Margaretville Central School Master Painting Project”. Hobart, NY.

2011            Special Merit Recognition Award: Representation of Scientific/Mathematical Principle and Phenomena for painting Theoretical Event, at the “SMART Contest”, The Next Big Idea. Los Alamos, NM.

2010 - 12     The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation Grant for coordinating and teaching “ASK - Art this Summer for Kids”.  Hobart, NY.

2010 - 12     New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Community Arts Decentralization Grant; for coordinating and teaching “ASK - Art this Summer for Kids”, administered by Roxbury Arts Group.  Roxbury, NY.

2010            New York State Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) SOS Grant, for exhibition:  “trailscripts”, San Antonio, Texas, administered by the Upper Catskill  Community Center for the Arts.  Oneonta, NY.

2006            US Department of State Grant for exhibition: 21st Century American Women Artists, ART in Embassies Program, Truman Hall, US Mission to NATO. Brussels, Belgium.

2005            New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Community Arts Decentralization Grant for solo exhibition “Lightning”, Andes Society for History and Culture Hunting Tavern Museum, Andes, NY, administered by Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY.

2003            Second Place: Abstract-International, IVAcc 3B. Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Award of Excellence: The Healing Power of Art, Manhattan Arts International. NY, NY.

2001            First Prize:The Traveler, Honorable Mention: The Annunciation, El Fumador. Sewickley, PA.

1982            Sandra Kessleman Slotnik Scholarship Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts, Bennington College.  Bennington, VT.

1982            Ella Woodner Macy Scholarship Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts,  Bennington College Bennington, VT.

 

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019           Under the Bodhi Tree, Gifts of Art, The University of Michigan, Taubman Center South Gallery. Ann Arbor, MI.

2019           Under the Bodhi Tree, Majestic Hudson Gallery, Katonah, NY.

2015           Text and Context, Bright Hill Press. Treadwell, NY.

2014           Sacred Spaces, The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO). Oneonta, NY.

2013           Reflections of You, Fairview Public Library. Margaretville, NY.

2012           Petrichor; Andes Society for History and Culture Hunting Tavern Museum. Andes, NY.

2010           trailscripts, Blue Star Arts Complex. San Antonio, TX. Sponsored by NYFA SOS Grant.

2008           Event Paintings, Mural Gallery. Stamford, NY.

2006           Still Life, Roxbury Arts Group. Roxbury, NY.

2005           Lightning, Andes Society for History and Culture Hunting Tavern Museum. Andes, NY.  Sponsored by NYSCA Community Arts Decentralization Grant.

1999           Roshan Houshmand, Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Sewickley, PA.

1998           Pigment Paintings, Day Star Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA.

1997           Pigment Paintings, Cruz Gallery. Santa Fe, NM.

1996           Roshan Houshmand, Spirit. Santa Fe, NM.

1995           A Benjamin, Galeria Rene Metras. Barcelona, Spain.

1994           Roshan Houshmand, Galeria Llevant. Mallorca, Spain.

1993           Ritos y Gritos, Galerie Denise Levy. Barcelona, Spain.

1992           Roshan Houshmand, Galeria Nota Bene. Cadaques, Spain.

1992           Roshan Houshmand, Spirit Arts. Santa Fe, NM.

1992           Roshan Houshmand, Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts. New Orleans, LA.

1990           R.H. Macy and Co., North-facing storefront windows. New York, NY.

1990           Roshan Houshmand, Marianovich Arte. Barcelona, Spain.

1989           Anomaly, HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art. New York, NY.

1987           Roshan Houshmand, Sadolin Inc. Copenhagen, Denmark.

1986           Roshan Houshmand, Jedigs Kunsthandle. Copenhagen, Denmark.

1984           Senior Exhibition, Villa Schifanoia. Florence, Italy.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019           3rd Biennial of Barcelona, MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art), Barcelona, Spain. Curated by Salvatore and Francesco Russo.

2019           Five, Art Bar Gallery, Kingston, NY.

2019           Art is Money, East Village Art View. New York, NY.

2018           Parsing Sign and Image Exhibition, VETS Gallery. Providence, RI.

2018           Transformation, Gallery MC. New York, NY.

2018           Tibet House US Benefit Auction, Christie's. New York, NY.

2018           Art for the Holidays 2018, Art Bar Gallery. Kingston, NY.

2018           Small Works, Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury Arts Group. Roxbury, NY.

2018           Contemporary Landscapes, Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury Arts Group. Roxbury, NY.

2017           HYGGE, Small Art Holiday Show, Cross Contemporary Art Gallery. Saugerties, NY.

2017           Back to the Garden, Ciel Gallery. Charlotte, NC.

2017           Artists Stand Up, Roxbury Arts Group. Roxbury, NY.

2015           Arte en las Embajadas, The US Ambassador’s Residence in San Jose, Costa Rica; Art in Embassies Program. San Jose, Costa Rica.

2015           Italia Docet/Laboratorium, 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale Collateral Event, Palazzo Barbarigo. Venice, Italy.

2014, 15     Tibet House US Benefit Auction, Christie's. New York, NY.

2014           Endangered, Woodstock Art Association and Museum. Woodstock, NY. Susan Asarian Nickerson Social Commentary Honorable Mention Award for The Cage.

2013, 14     12 x 12, Leo Koenig Gallery. Andes, NY.

2012            New York ArtExpo. New York, NY.

2011, 12      TAY HOME. Andes, NY.

2010            Confluences of Culture, East and West, Walter Wickiser Gallery. New York, NY.

2009-11       Gallery 61 Main. Andes, NY.

2008            Rhonda Schaller Gallery. New York, NY.

2006            21st Century American Women Artists, ART in Embassies Program, Truman Hall, US Mission to NATO. Brussels, Belgium. US Dept. of State Grant recipient.

2005, 6        Galeria Metras. Barcelona, Spain.

2004            Alpan International 2004, Alpan Gallery. Long Island, NY.

2003            Evolving Perceptions, CP ArtSpace. Washington, DC.

2002            The Art of Love, SAAAIDS, Gallery ArtsIndia. New York, NY.

2002            Celebrating Spirituality, Central Wyoming College Gallery. Riverton, WY.

2002            Cross Cultural Expressions, M.Y. Art Prospects. New York, NY.

2000            Worth Gallery, University of California. Berkeley, CA.

1999, 00      Evolving Perceptions, 505 Gallery. Washington, D.

1998            Evolving Perceptions, National Press Club. Washington, D.C. 

1995, 99      Galeria Nota Bene. Cadaques, Spain.

1993            II Biennial of Art for the Fight Against AIDS, Palau Robert. Barcelona, Spain. 

1993            L‘Estany del Desig, Centre Civic Carmel. Barcelona, Spain. 

1993            Arxipelag, Capella del Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu. Barcelona, Spain. 

1993            Maraton de les Artes, Mercat de les Flors. Barcelona, Spain. 

1992, 96      Spirit Arts. Santa Fe, NM.                      

1992            Galeria SIO. Calafell, Spain.

1991            Turner-Carroll Gallery. Santa Fe, NM.

1991            33 Premi a la Pintura Jove, Sala Pares. Barcelona, Spain. 

1991            TOTEM, Boca Raton Museum of Art. Boca Raton, FL. 

1990            Art and Design from Spain, Bloomingdale’s. New York, New York. 

1990            Curzon Gallery. Boca Raton, FL. 

1985            Chicago Center for the Print. Chicago, IL. 

 

 

 

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PUBLICATIONS

- Art International Contemporary Magazine, Issue #2, March/April 2019. Art Now, Palermo, Italy, 2019.

-3a Bienal de Arte Barcelona, Art Now catalog, Art Now Media, Palermo, Italy. 2019.

- International Prize Velazquez, ART NOW catalog, Art Now Media, Palermo, Italy. 2019.

-A5 Magazine, Portfolio #25, April 2019. Liverpool, UK, 2019.

-Minetta Review Fall 2017. Wordpress, NYU, 2017. Paintings Featured: Under the Bodhi Tree; Water, Peony, Butterfly, Midnight.

-Drazen, Prelec. “A Solution to the Single Question Crowd Wisdom Problem”, Nature. International Weekly    Journal of Science. Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2017.  Painting featured: Rythmic Structure.

-Paintings featured on Vinyl, HBO First Season, 2016 

-International Contemporary Artists Vol. V. New York: ICA Publishing, 2012.

- “Artist of the Month; Andes-based World-traveling Painter”, The O’Town Scene. Oneonta: March/April 2012.

-Snyder, Kendra.“Primal Trails”,COSMOS Magazine, pp 30-33, Issue 20. Sydney:April/May, 2008.

-Snyder, Kendra. “Primal Trails”, symmetry magazine, a joint Fermilab/SLAC publication, pp 28- 31, Vol 4, Issue 5, June/July 2007, Office of Science, US Dept. of Energy. Batavia: 2007. Web: http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000499

-Web: http://www.bnl.gov/60th/houshmand.asp; featured article on Brookhaven National Laboratory’s website for their 60th Anniversary.

-Studio Visit Magazine. Boston: Open Studios Press, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009.

-Sagan, Miriam. Unbroken Line; Writing in the Lineage of Poetry. Santa Fe: Sherman Asher Publishers, First Edition, 1999.  Cover Art.

-“Artist Feature Section”, Catskill Mountain Region Guide. Hunter:Catskill Mountain Foundation, 2005.

-New Art International 2003. Woodstock: Book Art Press, 2003.

-Santa Fe Poetry Broadside; Issue #12. Santa Fe, 1999; “Paintings with Poetry by Miriam Sagan”.Web: http://www.rt.66.com/-sfpoetry.

-Featured Artist, Iranian.com. Web: http://www. Iranian.com. 2000, 02, 05, 06, 07, 10.

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