Introducing: YARI OSTOVANY | Into the Mysterious / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

 Yari Ostovany, Photo by Dariush Nehdaran©2016

Yari Ostovany, Photo by Dariush Nehdaran©2016


 braveART is pleased to introduce Yari Ostovany.

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 an MFA in 1995. He was based in Cologne from 2000-2004, and since 2011 has returned to the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives and works.

 His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, Pasargad Bank Museum in Tehran, Iran, Permanent Collection of the University of Nevada - Reno Art Department as well as numerous private collections in the US, Europe and the Middle East and is represented by Gregory Mansfield Artist's Agency in Chicago and Art Represent in London, UK. In 2017 Ostavany will exhibit at Aria Gallery in Tehran, Iran.


The paintings of Ostovany take us into a reverie of the mystic.

The spiritual strips the apparent bare, humbling our sense of Being, to some greater force of nature’s resonance, of beauty which lies within the tension of tonal vibration of dissonance and harmony. It is the experience of true mindfulness when one is not oneself but is in the rush of the heavens that part, we drink the essence, brought to us out of the chorus of time and tone, history and practice.

Yari Ostovany has embraced poetry, musical composition, meditation, philosophies of the East, and the West, as elements, much like the alchemists, to distill a sense of spirit and awakened consciousness through the medium of paint. His paintings render a transformation of materials left by the explorations of things mysterious, metaphorically sought after through the creative act, to engage the spirit.

 “I am interested in the crossing point of the unconscious, the personal and the collective, and energies that come to surface from the interplay of primordial contradictory forces—those within and without—on the surface of the painting. An unfolding evolutionary process through densely layered organic compositions made over time with layers upon layers of thick and thin washes and glazes, luminous and opaque. Often starting with calligraphic gestural marks, solid forms which then dissolve as the layers explode and implode, are added, rubbed out, re—applied, scoured into and scraped away. Going back and forth until another dimension—a sense of resonance— arises, when the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, where forms and marks become metaphors for a transcendent reality.”-Yari Ostovany

  Missa in Augustiis VII (Mass for Troubled Times VII), 2016,  Oil on canvas, 45 x 50 in.

Missa in Augustiis VII (Mass for Troubled Times VII), 2016, Oil on canvas, 45 x 50 in.

  Peregrine No. 9,, 2016,   Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

Peregrine No. 9,, 2016, Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

  Oracle III, 2016,   Oil on canvas, 70 x 54 in.

Oracle III, 2016, Oil on canvas, 70 x 54 in.