About the Artist

For Jacob Ebriani, making art is a spiritual act, an intimate conversation between a man

and his God. Jacobʼs paintings are meditations that explore elemental themes underlying

the material world. Sur-naturalism, his signature technique, transcends surrealism with

dreamlike insights into fundamental workings of nature and the human spirit.

Jacob grew up in Tehran surrounded by the sounds of Sufi poetry and mūsīqī-e sonnatī

— Persian classical music. Selected as an artistʼs assistant when he was just ten years

old, Jacob began to transpose that aural tradition into a visual context. While his

instrument is a brush, his canvases have the narrative quality of songs, or poems. But it

was Sufi mysticism, the intoxicating dance with the divine that guided poets like Rumi

and Hafez, that fundamentally shaped his work. “The mystical side of the mind is very

close to music,” says Jacob, “to a beautiful painting.”

Pursuing deeper truths, Jacob strove to paint directly from the soul.“When you come to

realize what is real is beyond the physical, mystical experience becomes so important.

Itʼs part of life — like food. If you donʼt have it every day, something is missing.” He

developed his sur-natural approach in order to disconnect himself from physical, relative

concerns and work in an almost dreamlike state, accessing deeper levels of awareness.

Rather than rendering subjects literally, Jacob acts as a translator, distilling spiritual

themes to their essential forms through the use of mystical imagery. His art explores the

nature of the elemental life force, the connection between man and the universe in all its

aspects — creation, the intersection of heaven and earth, the divine gifts of light and

truth, and masculine and feminine archetypes.

While in Iran, Jacobʼs work began to establish his reputation among both critics and

collectors. But Jacob would not stay to enjoy his success there — on the eve of the

Iranian revolution in 1979, he moved to Los Angeles with his wife and one year old

daughter. In California, Jacob quietly developed a new body of work with a brighter

palette that reflected his adopted home and evoked the inner light and the healing power

of the mystical state. In addition to oils, his preferred medium, Jacob creates sketches

and prints, as well as his own poetry. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows

across Southern California as well as in Italy, Israel and Iran.

In Jacob’s eyes, painting is a revelatory process — a visionary journey into the heart

of his subject, his practice, and himself. “I am always taking longer jumps, always

challenging myself. Painting for me is an act of discovery as much as creation, and one

in which I have uncovered many secrets.” His canvases bear witness to those

discoveries and in return reveal them to the viewer, completing a circle of knowledge.

“Like poetry, my painting is ccommunication — between me and you, between me and

nature, between me and God.”

Past Exhibitions:

1961 Kurosh Kabir Society, Tehran, Iran.

1962 Menorah Club, Tehran, Iran.

1963 Iran/America Society, Tehran, Iran.

1969 Haifa Art Center, Haifa, Israel.

1971 Mohebban, Kurosh, Tehran, Iran.

1973 Gote Institute, Tehran, Iran.

1975 Shah Abbas Hotel, Isfahan, Iran.

1976 Kings Hotel, Tehran, Iran.

1978 Tehran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

1979 Galleria Prametro, Rome, Italy.

1982 Jewish Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.

1983 Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA.

1984 Hillel, Los Angeles, CA.

1986 Heritage Art Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA.

1989 U.C.L.A. Royce Hall, Westwood, CA.

1993 Haddassah Convention, Los Angeles, CA.

1994 Herzle Temple, Los Angeles, CA.

1995 Magbit Organization, Beverly Hills, CA.

2002 Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, CA

Genre: Fusion/Fantasy Art