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
2000, Tarh art gallery, Shiraz-Iran
solo exhibition,2003, Tandis art gallery, Shiraz-Iran
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
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
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
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.