Showcase & Discover Creative Work

Mina Zarfsaz

Fine Artist & Designer

New York, NY, USA
+1 518 335 1641
I aim for aesthetics and harmony in what is:
imperfect,
incomplete
natural,
modest,
and mysterious.
EDUCATION
Montclair, NJ, USA
 
Montclair State University
MFA
New York, NY, USA
Aug 2012Jan 2013
Pratt Institute
MFA
Communication Design
NY, USA
20102012
State University of New York (SUNY)
BFA
Art Studio - Graphic Design
Tehran, Iran
20052009
Alzahra University
BA
Business Administration
Iran
20062010
ACECR . Tehran University
Certificate
Interior Design
SELECT EXHIBITIONS
Malmö, Sweden 2014 Petra Lilja Design Gallery
Newark, New Jersey 2014 Robeson Gallery, From There to Here
New York, New York 2013 Broadway Gallery, Global Projects Exhibition
New York, New York 2013 Times Square Museum, Not For Sale Exhibition
New York, New York 2012 Pratt Institute, MFA Survey Exhibition
Albany, New York 2012 New York State Museum, Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition
Plattsburgh, New York 2012 Plattsbugh State Art Museum, Senior BFA Exhibition
Plattsburgh, New York 2012 Myers Gallery, PAVA, Clothline II Exhibition
Malone, New York 2012 Pouring Light Studios and Gallery, Migrating Passerines II Exhibition
Plattsburgh, New York 2011 Plattsburgh, New York 2011 Myers Gallery, PAVA, Clothline I Exhibition
Plattsburgh, New York 2011 Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Motion Juried Exhibition
Malone, New York 2011 Pouring Light Studios and Gallery, Migrating Passerines I Exhibition
Plattsburgh, New York 2011 Myers Gallery, Studio 2011Exhibition
Plattsburgh, New York 2011 Chuk’s, Moose Goose Exhibition
AWARDS AND HONORS
2014 Teaching Assistantship, Montclair State University
2013 Honorary Partner in Education, NYC Department of Education
2013 Hiii Photography International Competition finalist
2013 Persobook 3rd annual Iranian contemporary art competition finalist
2012 Merit scholarship recipient, Pratt Institute
2012 Featured work on online curational galleries: Typography Served, Pratt Portfolio Gallery, AIGA member Gallery
2012 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award nominee, State University of New York
2012 Best of SUNY Student Artists finalist, New York State Museum
2012 Member, Phi Kappa Phi
2011 Motion Exhibition award winner, Plattsburgh State Art Museum
2011 Nina Winkel Scholarship in Visual Arts, State University of New York
2011 Certificate of outstanding merit recipient, 31st Annual College Photography Contest, Photographer's Forum Magazine
2010 Merit scholarship recipient, State University of New York
LECTURES
2013 Visual Culture: Western and Non-Western, Guest lecturer, Kean University
2012 Survey Presentation, Pratt Institute
2012 Thesis Presentation and Artist Lecture, BFA Exhibition, SUNY Plattsburgh
2012 The Evolution of Type in Western and Non-Western Culture: a Communicative Agent of Metaphoric Shifts in Contemporary Arts, SUNY Plattsburgh
BIBLIOGRAPHY & PRESS
2014 Art in Book 2, Sendpoints Publishing
2013 Narcissaminophen: Asia Awards 2013 Competition nominee, Designboom magazine
2013 Global Projects: artists at home and abroad: Introducing the artists, NY Arts Magazine
2012 The Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition, NYS Museum Press Release
2011 Lucid II: Cover art; Journey & Riot: published pieces, ZPlatt Literary Journal
2011 Neda: Finalist of "Best of College Photography 2011", Photographer's Forum magazine
2011 Lucid II: Cover art for “Migrating Passerines Exhibition”, Malone Telegram newspaper
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Union, NJ, USA
Sep 2014Present
The Robert Busch School of Design, Kean University
Adjunct Professor
New York, NY, USA
Nov 2010Present
Creative Director and Founder
A self-initiated studio dedicated to foster creative exploration
USA
Dec 2008Present
Freelance
Independent Designer and Art Director
Working with a range of clients and studios from tech start-ups to luxury brands
New York, NY, USA
Sep 2012Present
AIGA
Mentor
Serving as a mentor to a high school student in collaboration with New York Department of Education
New York, NY, USA
Jun 2013Apr 2014
craft
Production Associate
New York, NY, USA
Jun 2013Dec 2013
Levine Design Group
Design Manager
NY, USA
Jun 2013Sep 2013
Layout Designer
Layout designer of issue 9
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Jun 2013Jul 2013
Visual Communication Intern
New York, NY, USA
Sep 2012Jan 2013
Graduate Assistant
Maintaining facilities, Lab monitoring and assisting students
NY, USA
Sep 2011Jun 2012
Saranac Review
Graphic Designer . Layout Designer
NY, USA
Sep 2011May 2012
Plattsburgh State Art Museum
Graphic Designer
Developed and prepared promotional materials, exhibition catalogs and brand strategy
USA
Feb 2012May 2012
SUNY Plattsburgh
Teaching Assistant
Publication Design (405) and Typography II (305), Printing Supervisor, Hardware Assistant, Assisted students with the use of applications and design issues
New York, NY, USA
Oct 2011Nov 2011
Central Booking Magazine
Layout Designer
Hamburg, Germany
Mar 2009Mar 2010
SGS Germany GmbH
Global Marketing Assistant
Assistant to the Global Marketing Director: Designed marketing materials in collaboration with the design agency, prepared weekly/monthly marketing reports and global marketing surveys and research, conducted SEO in collaboration with the IT/CMS/WCM teams in Manila/Philippines, etc.
EXPERTISE
Critical Thinking, Concept Development, Creative Direction, Strategic Management, Marketing, SEO and SEM,
Visual Communication, Transformation Design, Typography, Layout & Editorial Design, Brand Identity Development,
Web Design, Interactive Media, User Interface, Package Design, Prototyping, Photography, Digital Imaging,
Public Art, Installation, Interior Space, Sculpting.
Languages
 
English (Fluent), Persian (Native), German (Conversational), Turkish (Conversational), Azerbaijani (Conversational), French (Beginner), Arabic (Beginner)