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About Katayoon

Go to the outer edge of your greatness ~ heard at a Mother Mary retreat

The spirit world is everything ~ Hopi elder

I began painting daily years ago after a near-death experience and an exchange with two angels who gave me a choice to stay or go. I saw a Yes and a No hanging in the sky like chandeliers … Afterward, my awareness seemed to be irrevocably—at times painfully—opened, and my already existing fascination with the mystical realms bloomed. It felt natural to devote myself to those tender learnings. Art-making has always felt like a calling, a passion, and my hope is that my work supports people in connecting even more with their souls’ depth, grace, and wisdom.

My paintings are held in private collections in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and have been exhibited at the Barbara Anderson Gallery in Berkeley, Swallowtail in San Francisco, a solo show at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California, and at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art as part of the Fashionistas Fight Back! group show. Two series were exhibited at Frank + Lola here in Oakland, California from April 2021 through mid-January 2022. Mostly self-taught, I feel happy and honored to have studied drawing with Enid Braun in NYC, oil painting with Mel Prest and Yee Jan Bao at CCA in San Francisco and Oakland, and received coaching in intuitive painting through Chris Zydel’s Painting from the Wild Heart programs. From childhood, I have adored animals (who frequently come through my paintings—especially the big cats, dogs, wolves, deer, horses, and donkeys) and happily donate a generous portion of all sales to animal and humanitarian causes.

If interested in my work, please email me at

A reminder please that all my work is protected by copyright which remains mine even after the purchase of a work.

I am a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA Program in writing; to view my poetry and writing, please visit or connect with me on Instagram @katayoon zandvakili.

I look forward to connecting with you and thank you warmly for visiting this site.

With Joy and Peace,

California 2022

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