Painting Prize Finalist 2015
Chelleneshin, Nr. 22 by Yari Ostovany
About the artwork
Chellehneshin is a compound word in Persian consisting of the words Chelleh; which describes a period of forty days; and Neshin, which literally means sitting. It refers to a seeker going into solitude for a period of forty days and forty nights to pray and meditate. In several mystical traditions, The cycle of Forty is a common duration needed for spiritual metamorphosis and transitions to another, transcendent dimension.
About the artist
Born in Iran in 1962, Yari Ostovany moved to the United States at the age of 16 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada - Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute where he received his MFA in 1995. He was based in Cologne from 2000-2005, and since 2011 has been residing in the San Francisco Bay Area again. Ostovany has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally, and is the recipient of Sierra Arts Endowment Grant, Craig Sheppard Memorial Grant and Sierra Nevada Arts Foundation Grant. Recent solo exhibitions include Vorres Gallery, San Francisco and Haleh Gallery, Berg am Starnberger See in Germany. His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the Permanent Collection of the University of Nevada - Reno Art Department and New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut and is represented by Vorres Gallery in San Francisco , Antonia Edwards Fine Art, in Laguna Beach, CA and EDGIC International in Lisbon, Portugal. Yari Ostovany currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.