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Gestural Sculptures: The Art Portfolio of Ario Mashayekhi

A sculpture based on a tree rootShakti, tree root, wood, fabric, acrylics

Ario Mashayekhi is a creator involved in both visual and performing arts. In his visual art practice, Ario works in both two and three-dimensional media, producing paintings, sketches, and gestural sculptures that explore the human figure as a motif, often pushing the envelope in terms of how figures are rendered. 

A painting inspired by a hurricane and floodsKatrina, after New Orleans Flood, acrylics


I like the stylistic variation in Ario’s sculpture portfolio. Some of the artist’s works remind me of pieces by Jonathan Hertzel, in their heavily textured, abstracted quality. Other sculptures feature more polished, rounded edges. In most of his three-dimensional works, Ario makes use of a variety of different raw materials and found objects and pieces of natural wood. 

The front page of Ario Mashayekhi's art portfolio


The artist’s paintings, as we saw in our previous feature of his work, have a dynamic, theatrical sensibility -- Ario paints central female figures awash in deep, oceanic blues, with limbs frozen in the middle of a gestural dance.

A sculpture combining found objects and paintingFour Seasons, wood, plywood, tree branch, wire, mirror, acrylics

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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