Born in Baltimore, MD in 1971.  

Solo and Two-Person






The Consumption, Leila Heller Gallery, NY 

Pride and Fall, Leila Heller Gallery, NY

The Birth of Pattern, LMAK Projects (Williamsburg), curated by Sara Reisman, Brooklyn, NY

A Precious Passing, Two-Person Show with Kyung Jeon, Miki Wick Kim Gallery, Zurich  

Selected Group Exhibitions







































Aftershock, Edelman Arts, NY

Look At Me, Leila Heller Gallery, NY 

The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society in the Middle East Disaspora, Rutgers University Douglas Library, New Brunswick, NJ and The Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

The Rule and Its Exception, Leila Heller Gallery / Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX

(Dis)locating Culture: Contemporary Islamic Art In America, Michael Berger Galler, Pittsburgh, PA

womenartists@newbritainmuseum, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

Tehran-New York, Leila Heller Gallery, NY

East Meets West on the West End, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, NY

Art Dubai, Leila Heller Gallery, UAE

Iran Inside Out, Farjam Collection, UAE

Iran Inside Out,  Chelsea Art Museum and Depaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

If I Didn't Care: Multigenerational Artists Discuss Cultural Histories, Richman Gallery, The Park School, Baltimore, MD

The Seen and the Hidden: (Dis)Covering the Veil, Austrian Cultural Forum, NY

Selseleh/Zelzeleh: Movers & Shakers In Contemporary Iranian Art, Leila Heller Gallery, NY

Weaving the Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY



How Soon Is Now? AIM 28, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

Firewalkers, Stefan Stux Gallery

East West Dialogues (curated by Dr. Laila Diba), Leila Heller Gallery, NY

Pink Polemic, Kravets Wehby Gallery, NY

Iconoclasmic (curated by Eddie Torres), Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx NY

Wrest-stops Along the Intrastate (curated by Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt), Visual Arts Gallery, NY

Do You Think I'm Disco?, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Prime Time (curated by Amy Smith-Stewart), Visual Arts Gallery, NY

A Delicate Arrangement (curated by Dan Cameron), David Zwirner, NY

Politics As Usual, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

A Conversation (curated by Michael St. John), Marvelli Gallery, NY

Simply Drawn, Luxe Gallery, NY

Le visage cache de la femme afghane, UNESCO, Paris

Panj (curated by Nicky Nodjoumi), Center for Iranian Modern Arts, NY

Awards /

2013      Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Swing Space on Governors Island, NY

2007-08  AIM 28: Artists in the Market Place, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY

2006-07  LMCC Workspace Residency, NY

2006     Ushio Shinohara juror award, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY 

2004     Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Partial Fellowship, Skowhegan, ME 

2003     Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, WY 





M.F.A. Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, NY  

JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

B.A., Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, magna cum laude, Columbia University, NY

Bibliography           / Press
















































Grigor, Talinn, Contemporary Iranian Visual Artists: Street, Studio, and Exile. London: Reaktion Books 


Bilsborough, Michael, 


Brodsky, Judith K. and Ferris Olin, The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society.  Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art.

Kusnecov, Saskia, "Negar Ahkami Explores Human Neuroticism Through Her Art," Inside Beat (The Daily Targum), Oct. 11, 2012

Dube, Ilen, "The Fertile Crescent: Model of Collaboration," The Princeton Magazine, Oct. 8, 2012

Butera, Virginia Fabbri, "Politics, Society and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Feminist Art,", Nov-Dec. 2012

Gold, Sylviane, "A Female, but Not Mainly Feminine Eye," The New York Times, Jan. 7, 2009

Buckberrough, Sherry and Nancy Noble, WOMENARTISTS@ NEWBRITAINMUSEUM Catalogue, New Britain Museum of American Art, January 2011

Baron, Jeff, "A Bold Hand Making a Mark in the Art World,", May 21, 2010

Smith, Roberta, "Painting in the 21st Century: It's Not Dry Yet," (Image) The New York Times, Masrch 29, 2010

Flandrin, Antoine, "Le Voile Devoile," Le Courier de l'Atlas, March 2010

Iran Inside Out: Influences of Homeland and Diaspora on the Artistic Lanugage of Contemporary Iranian Artists, Catalogue, Chelsea Museum of Art, June 2009

Sontag, Deborah, "The Intersection of Islam, America and Identity," The New York Times, June 7, 2009

Wei, Lily, "Selseleh/Zelzeleh at Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery," ArtNews, Oct. 2009

Cotter, Holland, "Iran Inside Out," The New York Times, July 28, 2009

Kino, Carol, "Iranians Shine, Assisted by Expatriate," The New York Times, Aug. 15, 2009

Ebstein, Alex, "Her Stories: Group Show Presents and Examines Women's Voice and Identity," Baltimore City Paper, Feb. 18, 2009

Davis, Ben, "Iranian Art Now,", July 20, 2009

Neuschler, Chris, "Iran Inside Out inside Chelsea Art Museum, New York,", June 2009

Passariello, Micol, "News: Arte Da Mille E Una Notte," Cosmopolitan (Italia), Sept. 2009

Balaghi, Shiva, "What Fills Emptiness? Reflections on Iranian-Maerican Women Artists Since 1979," 30 Years of Solitude, Catalogue, Asia House, UK 2008

Riley-Lopez, Erin, "How Soon is Now?: AIM 28 Catalogue, The Bronx Museum of Art, 2008

Smith, Roberta, "Artists Leap Into the Moment," The New York Times, July 25, 2008

Torres, Eddie, "Iconoclasmic: Answering to a Higher Calling," South Bronx Contemporary: A Catalogue of Essays, 2007

Genocchio, Benjamin, "Exploring the Effects of Disco's Beat," (Image) The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2006

Cotter, Holland, "Do You Think I'm Disco," The New York Times, Feb. 3, 2006

Richardson, Denise, "Exhibit Mixes Politics and Art," The Daily Star, Sept. 15, 2005








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