New York based artist Pouran Jinchi was born in Mashad in 1959. After receiving a degree in civil engineering from George Washington University, Jinchi broke from familial expectations to pursue studies in art at UCLA and the Art Students League of New York.
Drawing on diverse cultural sources including literature, history, art, and religion, Jinchi has developed a visual vocabulary that inhabits the space between abstraction and calligraphy. Through meticulous control, her formal experimentation involves an obsessive process of adding and erasure. Working in a realm that is defined by the overlapping fields of painting, sculpture, drawing, and writing, Jinchi’s art practice entails a conversation between the materials she uses and the subjects she addresses. Beginning with a sentence, a poem, or a book, Jinchi carefully dismantles the text ultimately disrupting visual perception. Jinchi produces textual landscapes that are recognizable yet illegible. Inscription in her art becomes a visual apparatus beyond meaning.
Jinchi’s works are represented in prominent institutional collections such as The Metropolitan Museum, New York; Pratt Institute, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Federal Reserve Bank, NY; Farjam Collection, Dubai, and Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi, and several major and international corporate collections. She’s held several solo exhibitions in New York, Dubai, Japan and others. Her work has also been included in several group exhibitions in prominent venues such as Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2013); Asian Art Museum, San Francisco (2012); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2010); and the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2009).