Pantea Karimi is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and educator based in San Jose, California. Her work explores the intersection of science, art, and history through investigating documents, scientific manuscripts, and historic objects at major libraries and archives around the world. Taking a cue from her research and Iran’s historic art, and visual culture, Karimi’s work highlights political and societal issues, and personal narratives, and tackles issues of representation and dissemination of the scientific, artistic, and intellectual heritage. She employs virtual reality (VR), performative video, sound, traditional and digital print, and drawing in her work.
Karimi has exhibited internationally across a range of solo, group, and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her works have been featured in several publications and media in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK, and the United States including an interview with the KQED, California Report in 2020. Her prints and installations are in private and public collections at Ruth’s Table (2017), the University of California, San Francisco’s Library and School of Dentistry (2019 and 2022), the University of California, Davis Medical Center (2019-2021), Burk Rehabilitation Hospital in New York (2021) and a commissioned installation at Stanford University (2022). She is the recipient of the 2022 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant, the 2022 Mass MoCA the Studios Residency Award, the 2021 University of California San Francisco Library Artist in Residence Award, the 2020 City of San José's Public Art Program Art Award, the 2019 City of San Jose Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant, the 2019 Silicon Valley Artist Laureates Award, and the 2017 Kala Fellowship-Residency Award.
Pantea Karimi has conducted research at the British Library, the Institute Archives & Special Collections at MIT, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland. Karimi is an Adjunct Faculty in the departments of Studio Art and Digital Media at the Santa Clara University and Cabrillo College and maintains a studio at Cubberley Artist Studios in Palo Alto, CA.
art, history, cinema, creative process, history of science, fashion, design, opera; Baroque opera, sports, dancing
I’m currently and until July 1, 2022, the Artist in Residence at the University of California San Francisco Library; researching medicinal botanical manuscripts and books in the library’s archive; I will produce a series of artworks focused on the Saffron flower. The UCSF Library accepts one artist per year for this opportunity.
I am the recipient of the 2022 Mass MoCA the Studios Residency Award, North Adams, MA; will attend my residency from May 11 to June 7, 2022.
Publications and Exhibitions
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2023 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
2022 The Forgotten Women of Science, The Gallery of Artful Medicine, Montefiore Medicine, Bronx, NY
2021 Artful Attacks, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2020 The Unbearable Lightness of Mathematics, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2020 The Forgotten Women of Science, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA
2019 Countdown: Biruni, Galileo, Apollo, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland, CA
2018 Visual Thinking: Six Ways of Picturing Knowledge, The Rotch Library at MIT, Cambridge, MA
2020 An Homage to Khayyam and Pascal, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, London, UK
2018 The Versatile Screenprint: High-Tech Tools &Traditional Forms, The Journal of The California Society of Printmakers, CA