ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Kamran Samimi creates works of art which respond to and celebrate the world around him. His controlled, architectural approach and the honesty of his materials results in the mastery of both geometric and organic forms.

Focused on revealing the underlying framework within his materials, Kamran abstracts, reduces, and distills objects down to their raw essence. His artistic practice is a collaboration with the materials he uses, allowing them speak for themselves while simultaneously emphasizing their idiosyncrasies and unveiling their hidden virtues.

While much of Kamran’s work is based upon natural materials such as stone and wood, he is equally inspired by the more immaterial aspects of nature such as gravity, time, and impermanence. The act of dividing and reconfiguring reintroduces movement into these seemingly-silent materials, referencing their creation via dynamic motion.

The human scale of Kamran’s work further encourages the contemplation of one’s own relationship to the environment, as well as identity. Growing up in rural Hawaiʻi with an Iranian/Scandinavian background, his work is informed with a strong sense of individuality unfixed to any singular culture. This universal self-image is the driving force behind his explorations - of a belief in change, of observing connections, and in searching for the source of all things.

BIO

Kamran Samimi grew up in rural Laupahoehoe on the Big Island of Hawaii and has been making and showing art professionally since 2008.  He has exhibited work at The Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburg, PA, Tokyo Midtown, and and has exhibited work at many local venues around the state of Hawaii, including solo exhibitions at Saks 5th Avenue Waikiki, The Gallery at the University of Hawaii, and the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Kahilu Theatre, The Hawaii State Art Museum Shop, and the John Young Museum of Art.  His work has been featured in Ward Village Magazine, Contrast Magazine and Hawaii Modern Luxury Magazine, among others.

Samimi received a BFA in printmaking in 2010 and an MFA in sculpture and print media in 2016 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

email: kamransamimi @ gmail.com

READ MORE ABOUT KAMRAN -

Ward Village Blog
Honolulu Museum of Art Blog

 ARTWORK AVAILABLE THROUGH-

https://www.nameahawaii.com/
http://www.cedarstreetgalleries.com
https://www.fishcake.us/
https://www.reriddle.com/
https://placehawaii.com/
https://www.shophisam.com/

Photos by Brandon Ng

CV / RESUME

EDUCATION

MASTER OF FINE ARTS - Print Media and Sculpture. 2016, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI.
CONTINUING EDUCATION - Graphic Design. 2011, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS - Printmaking. 2010, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

Aug 2019 - Place Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Jun 2019 - UNEARTHED, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea, Hawai’i Island
Nov 2018 - Currents, Ae'o Tower at Ward Village, Honolulu, HI
Oct 2018 - Diminishing Sequence, WATG Architects, Honolulu, HI
Sep 2017 - Pagoda, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI
May 2017 - Art on the Avenue, Saks Fifth Ave, Waikiki, HI
Sept 2016 – Currents- Ae’o Tower at Ward Village, Honolulu, HI
Aug 2016 – Endurance – The Pig & The Lady, Honolulu, HI
Jan 2016 – Passage – Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, University of Hawaii Manoa Department of Art and Art History, Honolulu, HI
Mar 2016 – Kilauea - The John Young Museum of Art at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Nov 2015 - Ascent, Honolulu Museum of Art/Thomas Square Park, Honolulu, HI
Nov 2015 - Elevation - Sculpture installation at Kit and Ace (retail space), Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI
May 2015 - INK - A collection of Prints at Salt Surf (retail space), Brooklyn, NY
Jan 2015 - Entry - Installation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Department Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI
Nov 2014 - Diminishing Sequence - installation at MORI (retail space), Ward Center, Honolulu, HI
Jul 2014 - Soft Edge - Installation in the Nanogallery, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI
Jan 2014 - Diminishing Sequence - Installation at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Art Department Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI
Sep 2013 - EQUILIBRIUM - Exhibition of printmaking work, Stand Up 8, Honolulu, HI
Mar 2013 - Augmented Topography, The Manifest, Honolulu, HI

SELECTED JURIED AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Jun 2019 - G70 Annual Exhibition, Group 70 Architects, Honolulu, HI (Invited)
March 2019 - Contact: Acts of Faith, Mission Houses, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Feb 2019 - 91st Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Nov 2018 - Matchbox Plus XIV, Cedar Street Gallery, Honolulu, HI (group)
Sep 2018 - Waiwai Ola Waterkeepers Exhibition, Honolulu, HI (group)
Apr 2018 - HML Festival Tokyo 2018, Tokyo Midtown, Japan (group)
Apr 2018 - Contact Zone, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Mar 2018 - 90th Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Jan 2018 - Stone and Sea, Hawaii State Art Museum Shop, Honolulu, HI (group)
Nov 2017 - Matchbox Plus XIII, Cedar Street Gallery, Honolulu, HI (group)
Aug 2017 - 39th Annual Japanese Chamber of Commerce Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Mar 2017 - Contact 2017, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI(juried)
Aug 2016 – Contact 2016: Select, The Arts at Marks, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Mar 2016 – Contact 2016, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Mar 2016 – Mirror/Mirror, Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu, HI (group)
Aug 2015 – UHUH, White Box Galley, Queensland College of Art, Australia (group)
Aug 2015 - 37th Annual Japanese Chamber of Commerce Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI (Juried)
May 2015 - Prototype, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (group)
Apr 2015 - Contact 2015, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Mar 2015 - 87th Annual Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Nov 2014 - Against the Grain - Contemporary Artists Working with Wood, Pauahi Tower, Honolulu, HI (group)
Nov 2014 - MAUNA KEA - Site-responsive installation at Fishcake/Box Jelly, Honolulu, HI (group)
Oct 2014 - Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, HI (Juried)
May 2014 - Meronym - UHM Graduate Student Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI (group)
Mar 2014 - IN RESIDENCE, The Garage Gallery, Honolulu, HI (group)
Feb 2014 - TOP 40 - An Exhibition of record covers, Spalding House Museum, of Art, Honolulu, HI (group)
Oct 2013 - Annual Graduate Student Exhibition, UH Manoa Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI (group)
Aug 2013 - HI-TIDES - Art of Water in Hawaii, Art at Marks, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Apr 2013 – NSAL Excellence in Printmaking, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (juried)
Mar 2013 - 85th Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI (juried)
Dec 2012 - Wonder Show, University of Hawaii Printmaking Department, Honolulu, HI (group)
May 2010 - Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery (group)
Mar 2010 - 82nd Honolulu Printmakers Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii (juried)
Jan 2010 - Art Mania art fair, University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Art and Art History (group)
Feb 2009 - The Launch, Entrepreneurs Club of University of Hawai, Bar 35, Honolulu (group)
Dec 2008 - Outlet Gallery, University of Hawaii Printmaking Department, Honolulu, Hawaii (group)
Oct 2008 - The Launch, Entrepreneurs Club of University of Hawaii, Bar 35, Honolulu (group)