Michelle Sakhai in The Ramp Gallery, November 28–December 16

What: Awakening, paintings by Michelle Sakhai

When: November 28–December 16, 2012

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

The series Awakening explores the idea that after hardship and darkness comes new beginnings, giving us a new perspective. Without those dark times, we cannot see the light and appreciate the morning glow or evening tides.

Sakhai states, “With every morning we are given a new chance to turn it all around, and this is mine. What defines us is what we do with our second chances and where they take us at the start of each new morning.”

Michelle Sakhai’s extensive world travels, which began at an early age, and her mixed heritage are vital artistic influences in her life. With a Japanese mother and Iranian father, she grew up admiring various landscapes and pieces of art from around the world. From the age of two, she was traveling back and forth to Japan to visit her family. At the same time, she grew up with her Persian family and community in New York. Having both cultures in her young life impacted and influenced her perception and artistic imagination.

Sakhai received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors, majoring in Art History and minoring in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. She went on to receive her Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She has studied in Venice, Italy, at Escola d’Arts Plastique I Disseny (also known as LLOTJA), in Barcelona, Spain, and with the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Sakhai also received a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT as well as travelled to France to study at the Marchutz Academy of Fine Art in Aix en Provence.

Sakhai currently resides in San Francisco, California, where she has her studio and teaches painting at the University of California, Berkeley. She often travels to her hometown in Long Island, New York, where her art career began. For more information, please visit her website here.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Image above: Sky, 2012, by Michelle Sakhai, oil, gold, and silver leaf on canvas, 24 in. by 36 in.