Pantea Karimi

Pantea Karimi

Artist Details

Location: Studio F6

Medium: Printmaking, Installation, Mixed-Media

Artist Statement 

Pantea Karimi is a multidisciplinary artist, researcher and educator based in San Jose, California. Her work investigates the intersection of art, science and history. This through the study and interpretation of medieval Persian, Arab and early modern European scientific manuscripts. She creates two-dimensional works and interactive installations using silkscreen and digital illustration techniques and prints. Her perspective and art practice have been deeply influenced by her upbringing in post-revolutionary Iran, and by moves to two countries, firstly the UK and then later, the US. In her work, she combines threads from her life experience with conceptual and visual interpretations from her research. 

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 work is included in public collections including Stanford University, UC Davis, and UC San Francisco, and has been featured in local and international publications. She has conducted research at several institutions including the British Library, the Institute Archives & Special Collections at MIT, and the Marsh’s Library in Ireland. Karimi is the recipient of 2020 Holding the Moment 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 is an Adjunct Faculty in the Departments of Digital Media and Studio Art at the College of San Mateo and Cabrillo College. She holds two Master’s Degrees in graphic design (Iran) and fine arts (UK & US).

Recent Works 

Folding Gardens

Folding Gardens, 2017, digital prints on silk organza, rods and threads, 10x7'. Installation view: Kala Art Institute.


Hybrid Volvelles, 2015, Wood panels, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on paper and fasteners.


Sidereal Messenger, 2017, silkscreen on laser-cut and laser-etched wood panels, acrylic and ink. After Galileo's Starry Messenger treatise, 17th c. and Alhazen's anatomy of the eye diagram, 11th c. Installation view at Nasa Ames Research Center, Singularity University

Contact Pantea

For more information, visit Pantea Karimi's website.

Last updated on December 06, 2021