My recent paintings and sculptures are related to a continuous dialogue between the earth, sky, universe and all living creatures that are inevitably interconnected. It is a universal dialogue of deep understanding and nurturance. Embracing the unknown as an embodiment of the environment and the cyclic phases of existence. 

Farhana Akhter was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  She migrated to the United States with her family at the age of ten. Since then, she has traveled extensively to countries around the world including visits to her homeland.  She currently lives and works in New York City.

Her mixed media sculptures and paintings explore the transformative journey from chaos to harmony and grace. The found objects incorporated on to the surfaces are symbolic of the transformative process, which combine organic elements such as moss, dried flowers, rice, lentil, with inorganic materials such as plastic, glass and metal. The surfaces of the sculptures are textured with clusters of found objects imbedded in acrylic polymer over molded aluminum mesh and then the surface is layered with paint.

Her work represents interactions with the inner and external worlds and cyclic phases of nature and life.  Her color palette reflects the rich and vibrant hues influenced by her native land and culture. About her most recent work she says, “I explore color, texture and dimension to convey the stages of motion, fusion and stillness. These sculptures represent a dialogue to understand the universal struggle to create balance and to transform chaos into harmony and beauty.”

She has had numerous exhibitions in various galleries in New York City, Washington DC and including the Salmagundi Club and the Chelsea Museum of Art. Internationally her work has been shown in Canada, London and Japan. Her work has been published and reviewed by Arte News, Studio & Gallery magazine and Santa Fe Art World. The artist’s work is in various collections throughout the world.

Her course of study at the University of Maryland was Psychology and Arts & Humanities. She has curated several art exhibitions in New York City. She is the Founder of Global Fusion Art, a non-profit organization of multicultural artists and communities committed to cross-cultural understanding and supporting individuals and organizations that provide humanitarian services across the world.

 

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

 2018     

                  Central Booking Offline Gallery, New York NY

                  Spanish Benevoloent Society Gallery, New York, NY

                                   

2017    

                 Metamorphic Continuum, A Solo Exhibition, Gallery 26, New York, NY

                  Chicas Bonitas, La Retama Library, Corpus Christy, TX

                  Arte News Artists Exhibition, Spanish Benevolent Society Gallery, New York, NY

 

2016    

                Floating and Drowning Installation Performance by Monica Jahan Bose, Role: Assistant Performer, Superfine Art Fair and Satelite Art Show, Miami, FL

                Highline Open Studios Chelsea Armory Show Arts Week, New York, NY

               Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Gallery, New York, NY

 

2015    

               Miami River Art Fair, Paul Cabezas Gallery, Miami, FL

              Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY

              West Chelsea Artists Open Studio, New York, NY

             Highline Open Studios Chelsea Armory Show Arts Week, New York, NY

             New York –Tokyo, NIW Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

 

2014    

              Cavalleni Festival, White Box Arts Center, New York, NY

              Innovation of Beauty, West Park Art Gallery, New York, NY

              Chelsea Art Walk Open Studio, New York, NY

               Highline Open Studios Chelsea Armory Show Arts Week, New York, NY

              Postcards from the Edge, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY

 

 2013    

               Miami River Art Fair, Paul Cabezas Gallery, Miami, FL

                New York - London, House Gallery, London, UK

                Infinite Possibilities, Elena AB Gallery Tribeca, New York, NY

                ASC Projects Inaugural Show, Gallery 304, New York, NY          

                 MONA – Documenta USA, Museum of New Art, Detroit MI

                 Chelsea Art Walk Open Studio, New York, NY

                 West Chelsea Artists Open Studio, New York, NY

                 Highline Open Studios Chelsea Armory Show Arts Week, New York, NY

                  Melodies of Earth and Sky, Spanish Benevolent Society Gallery, New York, NY

                   The 2013 NYC Mom Show, Chashama 461 Gallery, New York, NY

                   Fantasy of Color, West Park Art Gallery, New York, NY

                   Dream and Allegory, West Park Art Gallery, New York, Ny

                    Beauty and Paradise, West Park Art Gallery, New York, NY

2012    

                    Infinity Mode, West Park Art Gallery, New York, NY    

2011     

                   Thomas Werner Gallery, New York, NY      

2010    

                   Gallery 220, New York, NY

                   Alternative Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                    Global Fusion Art Space, Garden City, NY

 

2009    

                    Long Island Artist Open Studio, Hempstead, NY

 

  2008    

                     Noho Gallery, New York, NY

                    Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

                    The Spark, New York, NY

                    Creative Pier Gallery, New York, NY

                     The Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

                     Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

                     The Showroom Gallery, New York, NY

           

 2007    

                     Jeannie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY

                      Vault Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

                      Sapphire Gallery, New York, NY, *Solo Exhibition

                      Salmagundi Club Gallery, New York, NY

                      Second Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

                      Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

 

2006           

                       Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

 

2005    

                        Jonathan Shorr Gallery, New York, NY

                        Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

 

2004    

                       Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

           

 2003    

                       Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

           

  2002    

                      Studio Art”, Studio Group Gallery, New York, NY

                      Savage Beauty Arts and Crafts, New York, NY

 

Bibliography:

 2017     Arte News,   2017

2015       Arte News,  Dec, 2013

 2013     Paul Cabeza, Arte News, Dec, 2013

                  Paul Cabeza, Arte News, July, 2013

2008      Peter Wiley, Gallery & Studio Magazine, April/May 2008

2007      Marie R. Pagano, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Nov-Dec 2007/Jan 2008     

2006     Maureen Flynn, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Feb.-Mar., 2006

                  Byron Coleman, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Feb/Mar 2006

2005      Marie R. Pagano, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Nov-Dec 2004/Jan 2005

2004      Lawrence Downs, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Apr/May 2004

                   Stuart Leslie Myers, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Feb/Mar 2004

                   Robert Vigo, Gallery & Studio Magazine, Nov-Dec 2003/ Jan 2004

 

Awards & Collections:

2007     “Healing Power of Art”, Winner of Best in Painting, Manhattan Arts International

2007     “Her Story”, Winner of Best in Painting, Manhattan Arts International

                    Numerous private collections throughout United States, Canada, France, Italy, Greece and Bangladesh.

                                   

Career-Related Experience:

                2008 - 2011  

                        Founder/Director/Curator, Global Fusion Art, New York. NY

                          Founded a collective group of multicultural artists and communities committed to support cross-cultural understanding through various art forms including

                           visual,  performance, language and multi-media.  The initiatives are event based focused on raising awareness of the global community and promote

                          individuals and  organizations that provide humanitarian services across the world.

            2008     Curator of Global Fusion Art Exhibition at Noho Gallery and Art events at the Spark Art Center

            2008     Art Education & Administration, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, N Y

            2006     Co-Curator, “Personal Touch”, Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

            2004     Co-Curator, “Revelations”, Broadway Mall Gallery, New York, NY

 

Professional Membershi:ps

 

            2013 - present Highline Open Studios Organization

            2008 - present Global Fusion Art Organization Founding Member

            2008 - 2010     Santa Fe Art World – Juried Membership

            2007 - 2010     Manhattan Arts International - Juried Membership

            2007 - 2011     Long Island Arts Council

            2003 - 2006     West Side Arts Coalition

 

Education

 

2004-2005         Art Students League of New York

1991-1995         Bachelors of Science in Psychology with Arts & Humanities, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.