About

Nargis received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at the Department of Painting & Pedagogy from the Kazakh National Pedagogical University in Almaty and her Bachelor’s Degree in Tapestry & Textile Design from the Department of Applied Arts at Almaty Art College.

Her artistic practice encompasses painting, drawing, tapestry and mixed media– all connected by one single desire – to see the nature of things. On this quest she explores subjects that seem unrelated at first sight. Whether abstract, figurative or ornamental, she starts with visible lines and enters hidden realms.

In her large scale, heavily layered abstractions, flowing lines of saturated colors give birth to rough forms. In successive series, going from large scale to small, from combinations to single colors, she emphasises the unity that exists between opposites.

Going from object to space, from color to texture, from present to invisible her works transmit meanings that have no known coded alphabet. The strength of her work stems from the drive to express emotions that cannot be pinned down into words. Nargis’ works succeed where language fails.

Curriculum vitae

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  • Since 2004

    lives and works in Berlin, Germany

    1996-2004

    lived and worked in New York City, New York, United States of America

    Born 1970

    in Almaty, Kazakhstan

    EDUCATION

    1995-1994

    Department of Fine Arts & Pedagogy, National Pedagogical University, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    1994-1990

    Department of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    1990-1986

    Department of Applied Arts, Tapestry and Textile Design, Art College, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    SELECTED CATALOGUES AND PUBLICATIONS

    2012

    2011

    2005

    2003

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2015

    “Past….Present”, Open Studio, Haus an Marburgerstr., Berlin, Germany

    “Texture”, Geismar Project Space, Berlin, Germany

    “I am the Voice”, a preview of “Sounds behind Shapes, Part 2”, Haus an Marburgerstraße, Berlin, Germany

    “Sounds behind Shapes, The Path of Arabesque, Part 2”, Tengri-Umai, Almaty, Kazakhstan

     

    2014

    “The Path of Arabesque, Sounds of Shapes, Part 1”,  ART-SAMAL Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    2013-2003

    “::art is life, life is art – invisible touch” project, Berlin, Germany; New York, NY, USA

    2010

    “Texture”, Terrain Kunstraum an Friedrich straße, Mitte, Berlin, Germany

    2004

    Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    2002

    “Almaty, Toronto, Washington”, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    2000

    “Crossroads”, Paintings and Multimedia at Zalman Gallery, New York, New York, USA

    1999

    “Art x 2”, International Visions Gallery, Washington DC, USA

    “Parallels”, Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan“Worship from Afar”, Paintings and Drawings at Zalman Gallery, New York, New York, USA

    1997

    The Alexandrian Fine Art Gallery, Alexandria, VA, USA “New Space”, Nelson Exhibition Space, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    1996-1992

    Solo and group shows in Dostyk Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2005

    “Polymar Project”, Berlin, Germany

    2004

    “Faces and Figures”, International Visions Gallery, Washington DC, USA

    “Show of 30”, Drawing Exhibition, curated by Tilman Wendland’s Studio, Berlin, Germany

    2002

    Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    International Visions Gallery, Washington DC, USA

    2001

    “Collection 2001”, International Visions Gallery, Washington DC, USA

    “Gallery Artists”, Apart Gallery, London, United Kingdom

    Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    2000

    Tengri-Umai Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    1999

    “Summer Show Party IV”, Caelum Gallery, Chelsea, New York, New York, USA

    “Third Annual Summer Group Show”, Zalman Gallery, New York, New York, USA

    “Erotica”, Zalman Gallery, New York, New York, USA

    “Desperate to be…”, Powerlines Gallery, New York, New York, USA

    1996

    Nelson Exhibition Space, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    1995

    Radisson-Slavyanskaya Gallery, curated by Oriental Gallery, Moscow, Russia

    1993

    Oriental Gallery, Moscow, Russia

    1993

    Senege Art in Residence, Moscow, Russia

    1991-1997

    Dostyk Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan

    1991

    Exhibition of Young Artists of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan, USSR

    1990

    “The 25th Exhibition of Works by Young Artists of Kazakhstan”, Almaty, Kazakhstan, USSR

    1989

    Non-Traditional Forms of Art, Almaty, Kazakhstan, USSR

    1989

    Modern Art of USSR, Traveling Exhibition, shown in:
    Yerevan,Armenia
    Bendery, Moldova
    Yalta, Ukraine

    1988

    Artists of Kazakhstan. Traveling Exhibition, shown in Cannes & Paris, France

    1987

    Artists of Kazakhstan. Traveling Exhibition, shown in:
    Montreal, Canada
    Moscow, Russia

    COLLECTIONS

    ART-SAMAL Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan; National Art Collection of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the National State Gallery of Kazakhstan (Kasteev); The Alexandrian Fine Art Gallery, Alexandria, VA, United States of America; International Visions, Washington D.C. United States of America, Zalman Gallery NY, NY, United States of America, Oriental Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Exhibition Fund of Fine Art of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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