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Rosha Yaghmai is primarily a sculptor experimenting with both found and cast materials. Her work brings together West Coast Conceptualism with a LA slant. Yaghmai’s practice is rooted in psychedelic concepts, exploring themes of transformation and alienation. The artist uses foreignness and estrangement as a way to open up the possibility of a connection to other temporalities.  

Rosha Yaghmai lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Solo and 2 person exhibitions include: The Wattis Institute, SF, CA; Marlborough Contemporary, NY; Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, LA, CA; Weiss Berlin, Berlin; Commonwealth & Council, LA, CA; Tif’s Desk, LA/Miami; Thomas Solomon Gallery, LA. Selected group shows include: Made in LA, Hammer Museum, LA, CA, Curated by Erin Christovale and Anne Ellegood; The Domestic Plane, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield,CT, Curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, and David Adamo; Mad World, Marciano Collection, LA, CA, Curated by Ali Subotnick; Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her Writings, Tate ST. Ives, Cornwall, UK, Curated by Laura Smith; The Annex, M+B, LA, CA, Curated by Jay Ezra Nayssan; Hanging With Friends, The Finley, LA, CA, Curated by Diana Molzan; California Curse, Mothers Beach, CA, Curated by Penman Shojael; KNOWLEDGES, Mount Wilson Observatory, Alta Dena, CA, Curated by Christina Ondrus; Present Future, Artissima Turin, Italy, Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi;  THE STAND IN (OR A GLASS OF MILK), Public Fiction LA, CA, Curated by Lauren Mackler and Alex Gaty;  9/11 15 Years Later, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, Curated by Closing;  ET IN ARCADIA EGO , Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico- Curated by Kris Kuramitsu; Seeing is Believing , Cal State Long Beach. Long Beach, Curated by Carol Cheh;  HOT ROCK , Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.

Born in 1978 Santa Monica, CA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

EDUCATION

2007                        
MFA, California Institute of The Arts, Valencia, CA

2001                         
BFA, Visual Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Rosha Yaghmai: Miraclegrow, The Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

2017                         
Postcards & Pipes, Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY
The Courtyard, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA

2016                         
NADA Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL
Night Walker, Cleopatra’s, New York, NY
Future Present, Artissima, Turin, Italy
Waxworks, Weiss, Berlin, Germany

2015                         
Easy Journey to other planets, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA
Rosha Yaghmai, Tyler Wood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011                          
Ever let the fancy roam, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Everyone’s happy in space (0 gravity), TAT, Berlin, Germany

2009                        
actually, actually, actually, death is a problem, Terra foundation for American Art, Giverny, France

2007                        
I am here, where are you?, California institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHBITIONS

2019
Henry Is Blue, curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Despina Stokou, Fine Art Haus, Los Angeles, CA

2018 
Mad World, curated by Ali Subotnick, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA                        
Objects Like Us (The Domestic Plane), curated by Amy Smith-Stewart and David Adamo, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT 
Virginia Wolf, curated by Laura Smith, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, England 

2017
Annex, Los Angeles, CA
Hanging with friends!, curated by Diana Molzan, The Finley, Los Angeles, CA                         
Nerve Center, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA
California Curse, curated by Pejman Shojaei, ARTsea, Mother’s Beach, CA
KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory, inaugural Artist Project Grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA 
L.A. should die vor Glüc, Just Married, Los Angeles, CA

2016                         
Caviar, Central Park, Los Angeles, CA
9/11 Fifteen Years, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

2013                         
Volitionaries, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA
Ground Truths, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
OBJECTIVE, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Phase 1: An Unbiased Teal, Phase 2: An Unabated Isle, Phase 3: An Unstable Idea, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
Honesty, Space 5220, Los Angeles, CA
Kiss Me Deadly, Paradise Row Gallery, London, UK

2009                        
Ateliers Portes Ouvertes, Terra Foundation for American Art, Giverny, France
Marcos Rios, Aaron Sandnes, Rosha Yaghmai, Thomas Soloman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Glue, Paper, Scissors, The Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008                        
SLAB: Old LA Zoo, curated by Slab, Slab (In conjunction with ART2102), Los Angeles, CA
Half-Life, 25 Emerging LA Artists, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
ET IN ARCADIA EGO, curated by Kris Kuramitsu, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
(Dis)Concert, curated by Carol Ann Klonarides, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2007                        
HOT ROCK, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Viva Curanderos, Kontainer, Los Angeles, CA
THE BOMB!!!!, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellion, California institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
FOR EVER, curated by Clara Kim and Eunjie Joo, 951 Mateo, Los Angeles, CA
California Stars, Eveningside Dr, Val Verde, CA
Pink II, curated by Heather Harmon, Santa Monica Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Material Girls, curated by Andi Campognone, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2006                        
Matter of Fact, curated by Homeira Goldstein and Heather Harmon, Manhattan Beach Art Center, Manhattan Beach, CA
Seeing is Believing, curated by Carol Cheh, Cal State Long Beach. Long Beach, CA

RESIDENCIES

2016
Villa Aurora Berlin Fellowship, Berlin, Germany 

2009                        
Terra Foundation Fellowship/Residency, Giverny, France

AWARDS               

Terra Foundation Fellowship/Residency, Giverny, France
Skadden-Arps Award, Art25

COLLECTIONS

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA