Zahra Hooshyar was born in Morgantown, West Virginia but moved to California in 2017 where she later attended the University of California- Davis. Graduating with a dual BA in studio art and Persian studies in 2022. Her body of work ranges from sculptural installations and ephemeral moments, to fragile collisions of found objects. Oftentimes Hooshyar finds themselves uncovering stories of their heritage, community and space around them. Often asking the viewer to become the participant, Hooshyar is a believer that art should not only be seen, but also experienced through tactile interventions. Hooshyar focuses on the Iranian Diaspora, feelings of belonging, memories and environmental issues. Utilizing stories and poems from her mother and father, Hooshyar finds great importance in the preservation of their culture through storytelling, investigation and imagination.
Zahra Hooshyar is currently an AIR at Core Clay in Cincinnati, Ohio (2023-2024). Graduating from the University of California-Davis in 2022 with a dual BA with honors in studio art and persian studies. Hooshyar has had works exhibited at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Verge Center for the Arts, Light Art Space, The Basement Gallery and the Dream Clinic Project. Hooshyar has been published in the Mulberry Literary Journal, Bravura Post as well as Open Ceilings. Hooshyar has been featured on Rhonda Willer’s podcast, “The Artist in Me is Dead”.
She was also a guest speaker at NCECA 2022 : Fertile Ground for a storytelling segment.