Lebanese–American artist and writer. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, she was educated in Lebanon and at universities in France and the United States. For many years she taught the philosophy of art at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. She also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities until her retirement in the late 1970s. Also a novelist and poet, she combined Arabic calligraphy with modern language in her drawings, paintings, ceramics and tapestries. She explored the relationship between word and image in over 200 “artist books,” in which she transcribed in her own hand Arabic poetry from a variety of sources....
Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom
American sculptor of Iranian birth. Armajani studied in Iran at the University of Tehran before immigrating to the USA in 1960 to complete his studies in philosophy at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, where he settled permanently. He became a naturalized US citizen in ...
American, 20th – 21st century, female.
Born 1961, in Los Angeles.
Painter, draughtswoman. Figures, animals. Artists' books.
Following a serious car accident, Anne Grgich joined a fanatical religious sect in Portland (Oregon) and, later, frequented the punk and drugs sub-culture of San Francisco. She gave up drugs in ...
Taiwanese conceptual artist, active also in the USA. Lee spent his childhood in Taichung, where he studied Chan Buddhism from the age of eight. At 12, Lee spent time among Taiwanese expatriates in the Dominican Republic, and two years later moved to the USA, where he later studied biology at the University of Washington, Seattle. He transferred, however, to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA, where he focused on architecture and textiles (...
American photographer and video artist of Iranian birth. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded a BFA in 1979 and an MFA in 1982. She became involved in the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York when she was unable to return to Iran for political reasons. Years later, having settled in New York, she began making art in response to the situation she found after a visit to the post-Shah religious state. Using the Islamic veil, or chador, she made photographs that examined stereotypes of Muslim women as oppressed by the veil but also empowered by their refusal of the Western colonial gaze, as in ...
Russian, 20th–21st century, male.
Born 27 September 1939, in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St Petersburg, Russia).
From 1954 until 1957, Alexander Ney studied at the Secondary Art School of the Ilya Repin Institute for Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in Leningrad. While he was trained in the official style of Socialist Realism, Ney resisted this restriction, developing alternative artistic practices. When continuing his studies at the Art School of the Surikov Institute in Moscow in ...
American, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1949, in Chicago.
Painter, draughtsman, illustrator, lithographer. Religious subjects, musical subjects.
Archie Rand first studied at the Chicago Art Institute and then at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles. He established his position as a contemporary artist while still a teenager, with his ...
James Cordova and Claire Farago
Term that refers to handmade paintings and sculptures of Christian holy figures, crafted by artists from the Hispanic and Lusophone Americas. The term first came into widespread use in early 20th-century New Mexico among English-speaking art collectors to convey a sense of cultural authenticity. Throughout the Americas, the term ...
American, 20th–21st century, male.
Born 8 August 1950 in New York City.
Andres Serrano was born in New York to an Afro-Caribbean mother and a white Honduran father, who raised him as a strict Roman Catholic. He attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1967 to 1969...
American calligrapher. Having converted to Islam in the 1960s while still a teenager, he studied Islamic calligraphy, training with A. S. Ali Nour in Tangier, Morocco, and later studying at the British Museum in London. In the 1980s he felt his work had reached a plateau and decided to re-learn the art of calligraphy in the Ottoman style. Hence in ...
American, 20th century, male.
Born 10 September 1946, in Brooklyn, New York.
Book artist, educator. Computer and video art.
Paul Zelevansky received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and his MA and EdD in arts education from Columbia Teachers College. While attending Carnegie Mellon, Zelevansky met his wife Lynn, a prominent curator and director of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh....