Pouya Afshar is an alumnus from the California Institute of Arts Character Animation department and is a graduate of University of California Los Angeles Graduate Department of Film and Television focusing in Animation and Digital Media. He has exhibited his work as an animator and visual artist throughout Los Angeles and United States at renowned locations such as Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, Bovard Auditorium at University of Southern California, Royce Hall at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Santa Monica Art studios, 18th street Art Center, and numerous galleries and art fairs around the world. Pouya has presented his research at Stanford University, Harvard University, University of Southern California, School of Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Residency Unlimited NY. He is also the recipient of a Create Economy Grant in the state of Massachusetts. Pouya is the creator, character designer and producer of the animated series “Rostam in Wonderland” and the co-creator of 1PA2PA comics. He is currently an assistant professor of art and Design at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Education: Graduate
2007-2009 University of California Los Aangeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA
Master of Fine Arts in Animation (School of Film, TV, and Digital Media)
MFA thesis, Zaal, Research and animated video production based on Ferdowsi’s
‘Book of the Kings’



Education: Undergraduate

2004-2007. California Institute of the Aarts (Calarts). Valencia, CA.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Character Animation (School of Film and Video)

Minor: Natural Science



Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
2017. MOURNBABYMOURN. Dastan's Basement. Solo Exhibition.Tehran, Iran

2014. Romance with the Crow I Killed. Shulamit Gallery. Solo Exhibition. Los Angeles, CA
2013. The Mystery of Suveyda. Shulamit Gallery. Two person exhibition. Los Angeles, CA
2012. Seven Conquests of Story. Aun Gallery. Solo Exhibition. Tehran, Iran
2011. Div-e Aaz / The Demon of Greed. Aun Gallery. Solo Exhibition. Tehran, Iran
2011. My Hijab Limitation, not Immunization. 18th Street Art Center. Duo Performance. Santa Monica, CA
2010. Disorderly Scuffled. Aun Gallery. Solo Exhibition. Tehran, Iran
2009. Figure In Motion. Annenberg Foundation. Solo exhibition. Los Angeles, CA




2018. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art of The Middle East’s 'In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of the Past and Present in Iranian Art' Group Exhibition, May. Los Angeles, CA

2016. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rostam in Wonderland series. Art of The Middle East’s ‘Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East’s Exhibition, January, 2016. Los Angeles, CA


2015. Aun Gallery. Creative Art, Innovative Science. Group Exhibition, November. Tehran Iran


2015. University of Adam Mickiewicz /Art Bridges. December, Kalisz. Poland

2015. Crescent Moon Projects. Screening of ‘Rostam in Wonderland’ Series, Access. Theater NYC, March. NY, NY

2015. VOLTA-NY. Cotemporary Art Fair, March. NY, NY
2015. PHOTO LA. Shulamit Gallery’s Group Show, January. Los Angeles, CA
2014. New York University. Screening of “Voided Loom: Kelardasht’s Carpet”, November. NY, NY.

2014. Houston Fine Arts Fair. Shulamit Gallery’s Group Show, September. Houston, TX

2013. Art Miami Fair – CONTEXT. Miami, Florida
2013. Skirball Center – “Noor Film Festival" Screening of Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood, Los Angeles, CA

2012. Los Angeles County Museum of Art – “Farhang Short Film Festival” Screening of Rostam in Wonderland: Sohrab’s Blood. Los Angeles, CA

2012. Getty's Pacific Standard Time. Three Weeks in January by Suzanne Lacy, Video Projection by Pouya Afshar, held in conjunction with LACE’s LA Goes Live. Los Angeles, CA
2012. Farjam Collection – ‘Chants from Paradise’. Special Screening of The Voided Loom. Dubai, UAE

2011. The Vortex. La vs. War. Art for Peace in the Hope Era, Group Exhibition. Los Angeles, CA
2011. Los Angeles County Museum of Art – “Farhang Short Film Festival” Screening of The Voided Loom. Los Angeles, CA

2011. Royce Hall – UCLA. Sima Bina and Lian Ensemble Visual Performance. Los Angeles, CA

2011. Nil Gallery. Group Exhibition. Tehran, Iran
2011. Santa Monica Art Studios, ARENA 1. Evolution/Revolution; The Interconnectedness of All Beings, Group Exhibition. Santa Monica, CA

2008. University of Southern California (USC), Visions and Voices, Mystic Love and Personal Transformation’ Visual Performance and Video projection. Los Angeles, CA
2007. Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center. The J. Paul Getty Trust, Sounds of LA, Video Projection and Visual Poetry. Los Angeles, CA

2006. Gallery 1919. El Gallo Café, Group Exhibition. Los Angeles, CA
2005. California Institute of the Arts, ‘Out of Character’ Exhibition under Cornelius Cole III’s direction, Group Exhibition. Valencia, CA