Naz Shahrokh currently lives and works in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She was born in Tehran, Iran in 1969, she spent her childhood in Paris, France, and adolescent years in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA and an MFA in Painting, and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, where she later taught Fine Arts and Art History from 1998 to 2008. She joined the faculty at the Performing and Visual Arts Department at the American University in Cairo, Egypt in 2004-2006, and recently joined the Art & Design Department at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2008.
Past exhibitions of her work include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; The Rotenda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado; the Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt. Past awards for her work include the Change Inc. (the Rauschenberg Foundation) Grant, Captiva, FL, and the Artist-In-The-Marketplace Fellowship, the Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY.
Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, TimeOut Abu Dhabi, the Connecticut Post, the Advocate and Greenwich Time, Contemporary Practices and ART PAPERS, and is included in private and public collections internationally.
I currently work on site-specific installation, sculpture, and painting, inspired by my direct surroundings, Ethnographic cultures, and Art History. The majority of my materials are detritus, either synthetic or organic or the mélange of the two, where I strive to transform the typically disregarded and commonplace materials into something less ordinary.