Maryam Hoseini (born 1988, Tehran, Iran) currently lives and works in New York, USA, completed a BA in Graphic Design at Sooreh Art University, Tehran, Iran (2012), and received dual MFA degrees in Painting from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, and Bard College, NY, USA simultaneously (2016).
In her work, Maryam Hoseini explores the concept of ruins in a politicized social space. Hoseini captures empty historical echoes as bodies walk among the literal and figurative, the visible and invisible ruins of objects and architectures. In the context of the censored female figure, Hoseini presents her subjects as nude, cast simultaneously as unrealistically flattened diagrams of the human body, and hyperrealistic disembodied limbs covered in hair. Hoseini’s small-scale works of ink, acrylic, and pencil on panel extend architecturally into the exhibition space through site-specific wall paintings. These interjections within the gallery’s white cube serve as a way in which the artist rebuilds and elevates these fractured stories, now sturdily supported with weighted columns of opaque color.
Solo and group exhibitions include: Heartbreak Ruya Maps, Venice, Italy (2019); Let Me Tell You A Story, The Arts Club, London, UK (2019); Body Armor, MoMA PS1, 56 Henry, New York, USA (2018); The Arts Club, London, UK; Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India; Of Strangers and Parrots, Rachel Uffner Gallery, NY, USA (2017); Sedentary Fragmentation, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA (2017); Echo, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA, USA (2017); We the watchers are also the bodies, Hercules art studio program, NYC, USA (2017); on the bank of what river?, Roman Susan gallery, Chicago, IL, USA (2017); Night at the Museum, MOMA PS1, NY, USA (2016); Luminarts Cultural Foundation, Visual Arts Finalists Exhibition, the Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (2016); We the Dulles, THE FORT, Brooklyn, NY, USA (2016); 8 Artists Walk Into A Bar, Falcon’s Nest, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2016); Duck Show, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2015); The Other Side of Visibility, Mottahedan Projects, Dubai, UAE (2014); Good News from Iran, The Munich cultural center at Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany (2014); Paintingwall (Janus at 8:16), Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA (2014); Good News From Iran, Gallery Frank Pages, Geneva, Switzerland (2013); Prestressed, Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2012). Hoseini also co-curated the exhibition Other Hours at 601 Artspace, both New York, NY.