Saman Kalantari was born in Shiraz, Iran. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Azad

University in 1994.

Saman started working as a ceramic artist in 1992 and participated in several individual and group


He left his country of birth in 2004 and since then has been living in Italy.

Saman completed a two-year course at Vetroricerca Glas & Modern in Bolzano in 2007 where he

discovered glass as a new medium. Through working with glass, he was able to express his social

experiences of life from both Iran and Europe.

Saman won the Bullseye "newcomer award

from E -merge 2008 in the United States. His works were published in Glasshouse, an international magazine for studio-glass (glashaus 3/2009) and

Neues Glas / New Glass, the International journal focusing on studio glass No. 3/2011.

Some of Saman’s selected Exhibitions are:

The second biennial of Iranian contemporary sculptures, 2000, Tehran-Iran, Museum of contemporary


Solo exhibition,

2000, Tarh art gallery, Shiraz-Iran

solo exhibition,2003, Tandis art gallery, Shiraz-Iran

Group exhibition,2004,

Khaneye Honarmandan art gallery, Shiraz-Iran ( installation, mixed media)

Group exhibition,2004, Baran art gallery, Shiraz, Iran

Group exhibition(Glass),2007,Piccola galleria,Bolzano-Italy

Group Exhibition(Glass),2007, Galleria Lungomare, Bolzano- Italy

Group Exhibition(Glass),2007,Valgardena-Ortisei,Italy

Solo exhibition,(Glass),2008, Teatro Cristallo, Bolzano, Italy

Once upon a time contemporary art (single installation, mixed media

),2009, Museion (museum of

contemporary Arts of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy


Glass and mixed media 2009, Galleria Civica, Bolzano-Italy

Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregan 2010

Notojima , Japan 2010

Red Hot show 2010, TACOMA, U.S.A

Creative glass center Alumni Biennial 2011, The gallery of fine arts, Millville, NJ, USA


2012, Bolzano-Italy

The art of fellowship,2013-2014, Millville, NJ, USA



: 2008 newcomer award, e-merge, Bullseye Resource Center, Portland, Oregon, USA; 2010

Warm Glass Prize, Warm Glass UK, Wrington, England; 2010 Finalist, Glass Kanazawa, Japan.

Finalist 2010 e-merge, Bullseye Resource Center, Portland, Oregon. 2010, Creative Glass Center of


America fellowship, WheatonArts, Millville, NJ, USA. 2011, selected entry, Jutta Cunty-Franz

memorial award.

TAG Grant 2015 Glass art society


I think of wastes as an artistic material, the presence of something residual and processes of things that happened or have been.I have been trying to push the glass to its limits and making new experiments.I try to express what different materials have in common or in contrast with each other and how they react when they are back to their origin.I use glass to explain the consistency, Fragility, mortality, and subtleness of human being, life, and nature.