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  and Gold Award in 2018 in the United States and Glass Prize 2018 in the UK. 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 and New Glass review 41 in 2020.

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

Gold Award e-merge 2018

Glass Prize winner 2018


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 beings, life, and nature.