Contemporary artist Sona Mirzaei is set to show her latest collection in her solo exhibition at Seyhoun Gallery beginning Saturday, Dec. 10 in West Hollywood. This highly anticipated solo show will feature Mirzaei’s Abstract Expressionism and Figurative works of art.

Mirzaei will include the latest pieces from In Search of Splendor in addition to her collection Tales of Copenhagen completed during her time in Denmark. Splendor builds on Mirzaei’s love of the ancient historical record and comprises works exploring events and personalities from ancient Rome, Persia and Europe in oils, abstract, figurative and mixed media forms on canvas. They’re powerful, complex and richly beautiful works of art that keep within the place and time they evoke. Tales of Copenhagen, on the other hand, demonstrates the range evident in her work by capturing a lighthearted and sweepingly colorful representation of that enchanting part of the world.

Mirzaei recently participated in the Elephant Parade in Copenhagen this year, along with Danish artist Per Hillo. The Elephant Parade is an open-air art exhibition of 100 fiberglass elephant statues painted by 100 artists. Asian elephant populations are drastically reducing due to the loss of rainforest as well as being killed by trains, land mines and poachers. The Elephant Parade was created out of a need to encourage an impressive array of notable artists to contribute to the public awareness and conservation of Asian elephants.

Out of over 100 elephants painted, Mirzaei and Hillo were part of an elite group of artists chosen to display their elephant, Triumph of Unity, as part of the Singapore Elephant Parade. Triumph of Unity is now on exhibition at the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore where it will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s auction house on Jan. 8, 2012, benefiting saving Asian elephants through the magic and power of art.

Mirzaei has been incredibly busy since her return, doing commissions and exhibiting her work in the San Francisco Convention Plaza, as well as Hotel des Arts. In addition to working on these projects, Mirzaei has been working on completing a new collection of work called the Thirteen Commandments inspired by the actual Ten Commandments in a pop art, mixed media adaption.

A free spirit who was raised in Los Angeles, Mirzaei left a career in finance in 2008 after choosing to embrace her calling as a professional artist. As she notes, painting has been part of her life since she was 5 years old, so it was of little surprise to her family and friends when she made the bold decision to make creating art her full time career.

Her first notable success as an artist was to be chosen as a finalist for the 2009 London International Creative Competition. Mirzaei has been consistently exhibiting her work ever since. She is already busy planning her next solo show and has agreed to participate in several upcoming group shows. Although Los Angeles is one of the most competitive of markets, Mirzaei’s persistence and determination to explore her craft and use her work in support of charitable causes, while making her art accessible to others, has gained her the respect of her peers and art lovers.

The elements of diversity and variety are regularly featured in her work combining her outlook on life with the creative expression of her many interests including music, classic literature, world history, international politics, philosophy and cinema. Mirzaei is a true visionary, and her passion for art transforms and transcends virtually any given idea. Her work is timeless and reflects a hybrid of depth, emotion and aesthetic appeal that always leaves one wanting to see more of what she has to offer.

Don’t miss the chance to meet Mirzaei and experience a true Hollywood art happening.

The opening reception is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Seyhoun Gallery (9007 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; DJ X- Vertigo will be spinning a live set. Wine, cupcakes and refreshments will be served as well.

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