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Maysha Mohamedi, Solemnity in the Antechamber of Dread, 2022, oil on canvas, 88" × 99" (223.5 cm × 251.5 cm) © Maysha Mohamedi

Maysha Mohamedi

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Portrait of Maysha Mohamedi © Megan Cerminaro

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b. 1980, Los Angeles

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@mayshamohamedi

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candyshellstudio@gmail.com

Vibrant and playful, Mohamedi’s innovative practice points toward a new mode of atmospheric abstraction that registers certain conditions specific to Los Angeles—and American life as a whole—in the early 21st century.

Reflecting her personal history, everyday experiences, and key constellations in her own cultural matrix, her palette is both purely abstract and directly connected to the patchwork of landscapes, objects, and environments that comprise her life. These range from an Ojai, California playground the artist visited with her children, clippings from cookbooks and magazines, to sea glass found on the shore. Mohamedi’s works are reflections of her own thinking, crystallized as moments of haptic communion. The artist’s academic background in neuroscience is found in the liveliness and expansiveness of her paintings. Liberated from the constraints and dictates of the three-dimensional world, her immersive works exude a sense of freedom and illimitability. For Mohamedi, the viewer is an equal creator in this shared universe of boundless possibilities.

Maysha Mohamedi received a Bachelor of Science in 2002 from the University of California, San Diego, where she studied cognitive science, specializing in neuroscience, and she earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2011. Mohamedi’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, Los Angeles; Massimo De Carlo, Paris; Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton; and The Lodge, Los Angeles. She has also been included in group exhibitions at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon; and other spaces. Mohamedi lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Maysha Mohamedi, Suzi Loves Jordan Almonds and Me, 2022, oil on canvas, 88" × 99" (223.5 cm × 251.5 cm) © Maysha Mohamedi

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Maysha Mohamedi, Sham Rock, 2022, oil on canvas, 83” x 73” (210.8 cm x 185.4 cm) © Maysha Mohamedi