Roshanak Khalilian studied for her BA in art & Literature, Art and its
Histories with Open university of UK and still continues learning
History and History of Art with university of Oxford.
Differnet cultures and people and their interpretations of happiness and
life in general has been Roshi's main inspiration to pursue art as means of
She believes, Colours can tell tales. ...
Abstraction is her language to employ colours and shapes with different
mediums and techniques to transfer the captivated fragments of human
nature and its positive attitudes.
She consumes passion and her life story, to portray the ecstasy and magnificence of our world and the life in it.
Her style portrays the universality of human nature and their simplistic and immediate characteristics, while combining eastern and western art forms and colors. This, to illustrate the collective human nature.
Her works evoke contrasting and even conflicting feelings and experiences: hope and death, wealth and poverty, joy and sadness, the light and the dark aspects of hope in life. They reflect the ambiguity and fullness of human nature and power of hope.
With challenging techniques, while experimenting abstraction, she has been exploring the significance of gold and its long journey throughout life and history. She has attempted to create a luminous atmosphere, to represent hope as the strongest element.
Embracing Gold originates from her deep love for history.
A taste for Ancient.
A desire to learn about the history of our predecessors has always enlighten her mind and driven her passion for history forward. One Ever-Lasting element since has been discovered, without evading its significance. By Nature, it takes millions of years for gold to reach the surface of the earth for natural exploration. And this is history for Roshi...
The long history of gold infuses some of her collections, a reference to celebrate the hope mankind
anticipated in the course of its history.
For Her gold is not only the shiny metal that enriches all it covers and certainly not only the proof of sophistication, wealth and power. Its tale and significance has enchanted others and her for many years and is now encapsulated in the essence of most of her collection.
February 2019, California
Identity. Who am I?
Am I living the legacy of my given identity? Or am I living the fiction of it? Or both?
These are the questions which kept bouncing into my head since long ago. And as some answers came, so did more questions.
I thus began to question the identity of the words we use to describe the limits of our identity.
When and by whom are first told something is accepted or not accepted? I like to take the chance and ask But Why? But How?
When are we told that something is correct or incorrect? I like to take the chance and ask But Why? But How?
When we are told this is reasonable and that is unreasonable! I like to ask But Why? But How?
Words make the worlds we live in, in accordance with certain beliefs and traditions. I would like to take the chance and experience the world before the words and traditions describe it.
I don't want to believe the words without knowing first-hand that they are true.
I would like to speak with the like-minded seekers, those who are looking for their true self that may be different from what they were taught to believe about themselves.
Sohrab Sepehri, a Persian poet, said it best: who had just the right words for this part which I am very proud to sharing and repeating some of his priceless words and phrases on my abstract art which I have been working on during my artist residency with Venture Art Gallery in HalfMoonBay – San Francisco in 2019.
Life is finding a coin in a street canal.
Life is the square root of a mirror.
Life is the multiplication of the earth in our heartbeats.
Life I the uniform and simple geometry of our breath.
Chief Creative Officer, Essinova Executive Educator and Coach, Stanford Business School.
A prominent name at worldwide solo and group exhibitions, Roshi Khalilian is a master of capturing emotions with abstract textures and vibrant colors. Embedded in them are cultural heritage from her native Iran, as well as a variety of lifestyles, languages, values and traditions of the many Middle-Eastern and European countries the artist has lived in or visited. What’s the most remarkable about her paintings, however, is her ability to not only understand and reflect the differences of these regions, but also to capture and convey common human traits and behaviors present across them.
This is precisely what Roshi brings to her new audience in Silicon Valley-exotic colors rarely seen in California, yet energy, intensity and passion that resonate. On display is the artist's latest body of work, created during her residency at Art Ventures exploring the subject of Identity. Although her very first visit to the area, the residency proved that she can be right at home here, with her feisty spirit and critical inquiries: “But Why? But How?...”
In a region of immigrants who carry diverse cultural identities from around the world but are drawn here by the opportunity to remake themselves for their own dreams and ideals, her exploration raises questions many can relate to. As an artist, wife and mother Roshi found particular resonance among the Valley’s professional women, seeking to discover more of the authentic selves beneath their complex and multi-layered identities at work and in life.
This is evidenced in the pieces made by a group of business leaders, in a self-identity workshop she co-led with me, inspired by the residency project.
In her Identity series Roshi once again skillfully portrays the duality of human experience – fear and courage, the light and the dark, unique personalities and universal emotions, our individuality and common connections – with bold colors and visual poetry.