Saya Behnam

Saya Behnam

Artwork

Saya Behnam
Saya Behnam, born in Tehran, Iran, works intersects between three artistic movements: Western Abstract Expressionism, Chinese ‘Literari’, and Persian Calligraphy. Reinventing the traditional approach to these historical art movements, she reveals a part of herself while creating a distinctly unique aesthetic. Conveying strong emotional and expressive content, Behnam’s work blurs the lines between these three unique and vastly different cultures. Even without speaking Persian (Farsi) the viewer’s eyes stay active, stretching across the paper immersed in the harmony and balance of the curves that highlight the languages tendency toward natural forms. Lyrical and artistic in their own right, Behnam repeats the Farsi calligraphy of Hasti (“To be”) and Hastam (“I am”). These conjugations of “being” visually connect to the other elements in Behnam’s work. Combined with the Chinese ‘literari’ aesthetic, which scholars in Japan and China employ the application of ink to express their personal feelings rather than demonstrate professional skill, Behnam captures the exaggerated elements of Chinese composition and brushwork, with the combination of organic qualities of the Persian language.By simplifying each stroke she extracts the energy and nature of the brush; transcending them into a visual language. Using unconventional materials, the pigments are extracted from natural flowers and spices such as borage, saffron, tea, etc. While iconic to the middle east landscape and culture this creates a deepening of the organic nature of her work. These ‘natural’ colors are prepared and behave differently than synthetic paints. These organic elements create different shades of color based on how long they are allowed to be absorbed in the water, thus adding to the complexity of her work. The dripping colors, natural shapes and layered transparency in her work allow the complexity of each of these cultures to shine.With over 25 years of experience, Saya Behnam’s work explores the multi-faceted approach to exploring Eastern and Western cultures combined. Her works have been featured in the Iran Contemporary Museum of Modern Art and she has participated in programs at the Corcoran School of Art in DC.
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Between Blue and Yellow
Saya Behnam

Between Blue and Yellow

Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Paper

45 x 47 in

SOLD

Golden Moment
Saya Behnam

Golden Moment

Chinese Ink, Gold Leaf, and Acrylic on Rice Paper

27 x 54 in

SOLD

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 4, 2017
Saya Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 4, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Canvas

30 x 40 in

$3,300.00

I Am, 11
Saya Behnam

I Am, 11

chinese ink and acrylic on paper,gold leaf

24 x 36 in

SOLD

Peaceful Stream (Triptych), 2018
Saya Behnam

Peaceful Stream (Triptych), 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Pure Cotton Canvas

63 x 90 in

$15,000.00

Rush To Joy II, 2017
Saya Behnam

Rush To Joy II, 2017

Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Paper Mounted on Wood

8 x 8 in

$700.00

Shadow of a Tangled Soul, 2018
Saya Behnam

Shadow of a Tangled Soul, 2018

Hibiscus, Gold Leaf, Chinese ink on Paper

30 x 67 in

$4,600.00

Trust Your Love, 2018
Saya Behnam

Trust Your Love, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron and Gold Leaf on Paper

20 x 41 in

$4,970.00

Blue Accident
Saya Behnam

Blue Accident

Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Paper

48 x 36 in

SOLD

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 14, 2017
Saya Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 14, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink, Gold Leaf on Canvas

30 x 48 in

$4,200.00

Hibiscus Tea Series: Expand, 2017
Saya Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series: Expand, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink, Paper, and Gold Leaf on Canvas

40 x 40 in

$4,800.00

Joy of Contentment
Saya Behnam

Joy of Contentment

Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper

58 x 24 in

$4,500.00

Perfume of Colors, 2018
Saya Behnam

Perfume of Colors, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Pure Silk

30 x 40 in

$3,800.00

Saffron Reflection, 2018
Saya Behnam

Saffron Reflection, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Paper

29 x 41 in

SOLD

Silky Way II
Saya Behnam

Silky Way II

Majorelle Blue, Saffro, Gold Leaf and Ink on Canvas

12 x 12 in

SOLD

Wake Seek the Sun, 2018
Saya Behnam

Wake Seek the Sun, 2018

Indigo, Saffron, Root, and Ink on Silk

30 x 50 x 2 in

$4,900.00

Encounter With My Refelection, 2018
Saya Behnam

Encounter With My Refelection, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Pure Cotton Canvas

40 x 60 in

$4,900.00

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 2, 2017
Saya Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 2, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper

22 x 30 in

$2,500.00

Hibiscus Tea Series: Lotus, 2017
Saya Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series: Lotus, 2017

Hibiscus, Paper and Gold Leaf on Canvas

40 x 40 in

$4,800.00

My Silky Way, 2017
Saya Behnam

My Silky Way, 2017

Saffron, Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Pure Silk

12 x 12 in

$950.00

Quantum Saffron Light, 2017
Saya Behnam

Quantum Saffron Light, 2017

Saffron, Hibiscus, and Gold Leaf on Canvas

50 x 40 in

$4,600.00

Saffron Series No. 3, 2017
Saya Behnam

Saffron Series No. 3, 2017

Saffron, Ink, Paper and Gold Leaf on Canvas

30 x 40 in

$3,000.00

Tapestry of Destiny No. 3, 2017
Saya Behnam

Tapestry of Destiny No. 3, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor, Saffron on Chinese Paper

36 x 24 in

$3,200.00

Expand
Saya Behnam

Expand

Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper

57 x 30 in

$4,800.00

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 3, 2017
Saya Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 3, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper

18 x 30 in

$2,500.00

I am no 3, 2017
Saya Behnam

I am no 3, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor, Gold Leaf, Salt on Chinese Paper

27 x 57 in

SOLD

No Need to Kow How Much, 2018
Saya Behnam

No Need to Kow How Much, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Pure Cotton Canvas

40 x 40 in

$4,900.00

Reflection, 2017
Saya Behnam

Reflection, 2017

Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Salt and Ink on Mulberry Paper

57 x 29 in

SOLD

Saffron Series: Circles of Being, 2017
Saya Behnam

Saffron Series: Circles of Being, 2017

Saffron, Gold Leaf, Ink and Paper on Canvas

60 x 40 in

$5,400.00

Tea & Saffron
Saya Behnam

Tea & Saffron

Ink, Hibiscus and Gold leaf on Paper

24 x 30 in

SOLD

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