Mehran’s work is interested in the process of deformation. The effect certain forces have on physical forms over time. Natural formations such as mountains have been of particular inspiration. The result of millions of years of force enacted through tectonics and erosion creates the huge monoliths one sees today. Human societies have encountered similar forces that have endured through the millennia via the malleability of culture and its artifacts, language, and traditions. Mehran’s work exerts natural forces on timeless motifs of culture as a reflection on transience and the indefinite continued progression of space and time.
Having spent many years traveling, Mehran Mesbah could be described as bit of a nomad. Born in Reno, Nevada he spent most of his childhood exploring the eastern Sierra Nevadas and Lake Tahoe. In 2001, he moved to Alberta, Canada and the years slowly moved down the northwest from Washington to Oregon eventually making it to Sacramento after a year in Paris in 2005. In 2012, he received his MA in Studio Art from CSUS. Since then he has decided to make Sacramento his home. Though Mehran still exhibits regularly both regionally and internationally. In 2015, the Kunstwerk-Carlshüette invited Mehran to participate in the International NordArt Exhibition held in Büdelsdorf, Germany. In summer of that same year, he returned from a 3-month artist in residence at the Shangyuan Art Museum in Beijing, China. In January 2016, Mehran created The InsideOut, an experimental art space located in the bustling Lavender Heights District in the heart of midtown, Sacramento. Since the entire space is viewed from three large bay windows, site-specific installations and projects have the potential to be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The InsideOut project promotes artistic collaboration, exploration and experimentation across a large spectrum of the Sacramento community. In October, Mehran will be speaking at the NACCE national conference hosted by Sierra College on creative interconnectivity between campus and community. Mehran will have a solo exhibition at Beatnik in December of this year. He enjoys collaborative work and actively participates within the creative Sacramento community.
Mehran Mesbah currently teaches drawing and painting at California State University, Sacramento.