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Rosha Yaghmai’s work stems from an ongoing experimentation with materials. Most recently she has been incorporating ‘elemental’ substances—each found in its natural state on our planet and those beyond—such as graphite, iron, aluminum, neon, copper, nickel, bentonite clay, and mineral pigments. Both the textures and concrete motifs of Yaghmai’s works tend to function as stand-ins for something greater, drafting the ‘real’ as a malleable quotation. While drawing references to the tradition of West Coast conceptualism, Yaghmai’s vernacular also recalls the layered and crumbling façades of Los Angeles—from fringe mysticism to psychedelic drugs, yard sales to DIY architecture. Suggesting an arrested action in time and space, Yaghmai’s works reflect her conceptualization of sculpture as essentially depicting stilled movement or a frozen narrative. Often her exhibitions can be better understood as large-scale installations with many parts, suggesting silent scenes or an unknown series of events that take the viewer on an expedition through Yaghmai’s manipulation of form, motif, and material. Yaghmai was the subject of a solo exhibition at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in January 2019. She was also included in 2018 iteration of Made in LA at the Hammer Museum curated by Erin Christovale and Anne Ellegood.

 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, San Francisco, CA; Marlborough Contemporary, New York, NY; Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY; Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, CA; Weiss Berlin, Germany; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA; Tif’s Desk, Los Angeles/Miami; and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA amongst others. Selected group shows include: Made in LA curated by Erin Christovale and Anne Ellegood, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The Domestic Plane curated by Amy Smith-Stewart, and David Adamo, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Mad World curated by Ali Subotnick, Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Virginia Woolf: An exhibition inspired by her Writings curated by Laura Smith, Tate ST. Ives, Cornwall, UK; The Annex, M+B, Los Angeles, CA; Hanging With Friends curated by Diana Molzan, The Finley, Los Angeles, CA; California Curse curated by Pejman Shojaei, Mothers Beach, CA; KNOWLEDGES curated by Christina Ondrus, Mount Wilson Observatory, Alta Dena, CA; Present Future curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Artissima Turin, Italy; THE STAND IN (OR A GLASS OF MILK) curated by Lauren Mackler and Alex Gaty, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA;  9/11 15 Years Later, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA;  ET IN ARCADIA EGO, Estacion Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico; Seeing is Believing curated by Carol Cheh, Cal State Long Beach, CA; and  HOT ROCK, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland amongst others.

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