Negar Ahkami is an American artist, born in Baltimore in 1971.  Ahkami is from the New York area, having spent her early years in Clifton, NJ and moved to New York City at age 17.  She currently lives and works in the DC area and is a Resident Artist at Arlington Arts Center.  Ahkami received a B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 1992, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1997.

From the age of 10 throughout her teenage years, Ahkami was an active life member at the Art Students League of New York, where she would attend figure drawing and painting sessions.  As a young lawyer, Ahkami participated in an exhibit curated by artist Nicky Nodjoumi in 1999. In September 2001, Ahkami left her legal career to pursue her art.  She participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004 and received an MFA from School of Visual Arts in NY in 2006.  Ahkami's art has been exhibited in the US and abroad in galleries and museums, and is in the permanent collections of The New Britain Museum of American Art, the Depaul University Art Museum, the Farjam Collection (UAE), and other private and corporate collections.  Her work has been featured and reviewed in catalogues, and publications, as well as The New York Times and ArtNews.   

Negar Ahkami's art combines the richness of Persian influences with the individual expressiveness and freedom of her Western influences.  Her extensive personal vocabulary of images and playful approach to art-making result is an inventive, ground-breaking body of work.  The informed vantage point at which Ahkami stands lends itself to multi-layered conversations that are both a celebration and critique.

All images Copyright Negar Ahkami 2001-2014.  All rights reserved.