Negar Ahkami makes bold, ornate paintings and interactive multimedia works that respond to the appropriation, erasure, and misrepresentation of Persian culture in art history and American culture at large.
Ahkami holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2006) and a BA from Columbia University in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (1992). She was a 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist and is alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. Ahkami has had solo exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center and Marymount University’s Cody Gallery (Arlington, VA 2018), Leila Heller Gallery (New York, NY, 2013 and 2009) and LMAK Projects (Brooklyn, NY 2007). She has exhibited at museums nationally and internationally including The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art, and The Walters Art Museum. Ahkami’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art News and The Washington Post.