A Conversation with artist/Hofstra University alumni Michelle Sakhai

Join us for a conversation with artist/Hofstra University alumni Michelle Sakhai as we discuss her work and the exhibition Garden of Peace. Born in 1983, in Long Island, New York, Michelle Sakhai's extensive world travels began at an early age and her  mixed heritage have shaped her as an artist. With both Persian and Japanese roots, her art derives influences from both cultures. She grew up traveling to Japan to visit her family every summer for twenty years. In  Japan, Sakhai was inspired by the culture and scenery of her grandparent’s hometown, Kashiwazaki, a tiny village by the sea, surrounded by vast mountains. This special place left an indelible impression that still feeds her imagination. Sakhai’s creative perception and talent was also nurtured  by her Persian culture. The exposure to both traditions in her young life has impacte her artistic vision. 

In 2004, Sakhai received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors,  majoring  in  Art  History  and minoring in Fine Arts from Hofstra University where she currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She went on to receive her Masters in Fine Arts in 2010 from the Academy  of  Art  University  in  San Francisco, CA. Before obtaining her Masters, she studied in Venice, Italy,  and  in  Barcelona,  Spain,  at  d'Arts  Plastique  I  Disseny  (LLOTJA)  with  the  School  of  Visual  Arts. Sakhai  also  studied  at  the Marchutz Academy of Fine Art in Aix en Provence. In 2006, she received a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center as a resident artist in Johnson, VT. Shortly after receiving her Masters in San Francisco, she taught Fine Art at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Contemporary  in  Oakland,  CA,  Madelyn  Jordon  Fine  Art  in  Scarsdale,  NY,  Corazon Contemporary Michelle  Sakhai  is  represented  by  galleries  Internationally  and  in  the  U.S.  including;  Slate  Art Gallery  in  Santa  Fe,  NM,  MiXX  Projects  in  Telluride, CO and Giovanni Rossi Fine Art in Miami, Florida. She continues to exhibit worldwide with a solo show at Palette Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and B12 Gallery in Ibiza, Spain. Her work has been featured at Art Market Hamptons and Context Art Miami and NY by Madelyn Jordon Fine Art. Sakhai actively exhibits on both coasts, in San Francisco and New York City. She was selected to be the artist in residence at The Fairmont San Francisco in January, 2017. Her work has  been displayed in New York City at The Art Show through the ADAA at the Park Avenue Armory, LIC  Arts  Open,  and  the  Lehman  Art  Gallery  in  NYC,  and  at  Stanford  Art  Spaces,  MarinMOCA  and SOMArts in the San Francisco, Bay Area. 


In  pursuit  of  her  spiritual path, Michelle Sakhai is a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor through the Chopra Center, as well as a certified Reiki Master. She believes and trusts in the energy of the creative spirit as a healing force on the earth. Sakhai conveys this valuable message of healing through her art and all her speaking engagements.  She teaches Transformative Art at the Harlem Hospital through the Art Works Foundation in New York City where she currently resides while continuing to travel the world. 

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Opening/Artist Talk

October 14, 2020 3-4pm

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Michelle Sakhai
Garden of Peace
October 12 - November 22, 2020

Rosenberg Gallery
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549






Wednesday, October 14, 2020



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Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


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