Soraya Sarah Nazarian Biography
b. 1944 Iran. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Soraya Sarah Nazarian’s stone sculptures are based on strong familial connections and a commitment to humanistic values; aesthetically, they are unmistakably influenced by Constantin Brancusi’s elegant forms. Thematically, the sculptures focus on family, nature, spirituality, and Iranian culture. Her work is distinguished by two major periods: a time of discovery and experimentation in the 1980s and 1990s and a period of artistic maturity marked by the creation of large-scale works beginning in 2000.
Nazarian began sculpting in the studios of the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) in the late 1980s. Her work is in numerous private collections and has been commissioned for public and cultural institutions in Israel and the United States. Notable commissions include Sound (2002) at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel; Reflections (2007) at Sapir College near Sderot, Israel; Legacy (2009) at the University of Haifa, Israel; and Identity (2010) at Saperstein Middle School in Los Angeles. In February 2015, Mrs. Nazarian’s sculpture Identity was accepted into the Public Art Archive, an online database of public artworks in the United States.