Nathalie Kardjian is a Syrian-born, Armenian-American painter, photographer and a filmmaker, based in San Francisco. In addition to being an artist, she also works as a dialogue designer, while pursuing her passion for art.
Nathalie's vision of art is deeply influenced by her experience of growing up in Syria and witnessing the devastation and displacement caused by the civil war. Her art is not just about the chaos and complexity of the mind, but also about the possibility of finding peace and healing among that chaos. She intends to use the canvas as a space to confront the traumas of her past and find a sense of peace and belonging within Art. The act of creating art has been a transformative process for her, allowing her inner child to express in a way that goes beyond words and boundaries.
Nathalie’s Paintings are characterized by their bold vibrant colors, strong lines and dynamic brushstrokes. She uses a variety of media in her paintings, including acrylics, inks, and mixed media. She has described them as a way of expressing the beauty of life, the pain of loss, and the art of resilience.
Photography and Film have also been an important aspect of Nathalie’s artistic expression. She describes herself as a visual storyteller and her photographs often capture moments and emotions that convey a narrative. Against the escalation of the Syrian crisis, Nathalie shifted her focus on expressing human injustices through film. She directed and self-produced her first documentary, Two Weeks in Homs which was featured in 2012 at the Arab Film Festival, “I exist (in some way)” exhibition, in Liverpool, London. She has also been directing and producing Hairlock Stories, which features Nathalie’s story as an immigrant, presenting the contrast between normal everyday life before and after the conflict in Syria.
Besides Nathalie’s passion for art, she collaborated with Global non-profit organizations such as the UNHCR, IOM and others, to provide theater therapy activities to displaced children and families in need of psychosocial intervention, education, mental support and personal development. She was also invited in 2018 & 2019 as a guest speaker in Global Literacy and Visual Rhetorics Class at Stanford University to encourage the students to engage rhetorically in the relationship between language, culture, religion, and identity.