ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The geography and geology of the Big Island of Hawaii greatly inspire Kamran's current explorations with abstraction. He replicates key landforms in the region by distilling and inverting their form into geometric shapes, tunnels and voids. Additionally, he is also focused on the dissection, manipulation, and reconfiguration of common basalt stone. While his materials may vary, Kamran's work shares common formal and conceptual roots in history, land and the earth, ultimately encouraging mindful contemplation.

 

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, and has had solo exhibitions at many local venues around the state of Hawaii, including the Honolulu Museum of Art School, The Gallery at the University of Hawaii, The Manifest, and the John Young Museum of Art.  His work has been featured in Contrast Magazine, Hawaii Modern Luxury Magazine, The Offsetter, and The Kaleo Newspaper. Samimi received his BFA in printmaking in 2010 and an MFA in sculpture and print media from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

email: kamransamimi @ gmail.com

 

 

Photos by Brandon Ng

CV / RESUME

EDUCATION

MASTER OF FINE ARTS - Print Media and Sculpture. 2016, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.

CONTINUING EDUCATION - Graphic Design. 2011, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS - Printmaking. 2010, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI.


PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

ART SCHOOL FINANCE COORDINATOR OCT 2016- PRESENT

  • Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER/WEBMASTER, MAR 2015- PRESENT

  • Society of Asian Art of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

GRAPHIC DESIGN/DIGITAL ART INSTRUCTOR, MAR 2012 - PRESENT

  • Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI.

ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER, MAR 2007 - PRESENT

  • INK Design by Kamran Samimi, Honolulu/Brooklyn, NY.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER & ILLUSTRATOR, FEB 2011 - JAN 2012

  • VICE Magazine and Media, Brooklyn, NY

PHOTO RETOUCHER/EDITOR, AUG 2015 - MAY 2016

  • Image Resource Library, University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Art and Art History.

ELECTRONIC ARTS LECTURER, SUMMER 2013 & SPRING 2015

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Art and Art History.

DIGITAL MEDIA GRADUATE ASSISTANT, AUG 2013 - MAY 2015

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Art and Art History.

EXHIBITION HISTORY


SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS
Sept 2016 – Currents- Ae’o Building 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
Nov 2015 - Ascent, Honolulu Museum of Art/Thomas Square Park, Honolulu, HI (group)
Nov 2015 - Elevation - Sculpture installation at Kit and Ace (retail space), Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, HI
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 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 – Kilauea - The John Young Museum of Art at the University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI
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 Commitment to Excellence Art 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)