Roya Farassat
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
LIC Art Center - Studio# 207
44-02 23rd Street



Artist Bio:
Roya Farassat is an Iranian American visual artist living in New York. Her abstract and figurative work includes drawings, paintings, and sculptures. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums in United States and abroad. Farassat was nominated for The Victoria and Albert Jameel Prize and The MOP Foundation Contemporary Art Prize, and awarded residencies from Henry Street Settlement and The Makor/Steinhardt Center. Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Globe, Artcritical, Art Radar, Hyperallergic, W Magazine, and Flaunt Magazine.

Artist Statement:
Growing up in Iran, I navigated complex social, political, sexual, and religious influences that shaped identity across generations. My artistic approach is deeply psychological and playful, weaving reality with imagination.Through satirical portraits, mostly women, I depict solitary moments and various relationships, exploring hetero normativity, tenderness, and platonic connections. Having experienced patriarchy first hand, I address the objectification of women by delving into their inner psyche with elements of humor, irony, and at times, profound sorrow. My work often features a tension between opposing forces, symbolized by the figures' distortion and compression against the canvas. I aim to evoke empathy through intuitive painting, seamlessly transitioning between representation and abstraction in each piece.

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