• Untitled by Jim Kazanjian

    Beyond the perifery of photography there is Jim Kazanjian. His surrealistic montages showing drama and fantasy originate on the internet. Look, imagine and shiver!

Jim Kazanjian was born in Los Angeles, CA. He currently resides and works in Portland, OR. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA at the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, CA.

Jim is an established CGI artist in television and computer game production and has been featured in such publications as Esquire Russia, Advanced Photoshop, The Atlantic and Juxtapose. Jim has exhibited his photography across the United States, Europe and Australia since 2008. His work is in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris and the Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado. Jim’s surrealistic work is a ‘hyper-collage’ of images sourced from the internet and manipulated to create fantastical worlds of tension and intrigue.


Born in Los Angeles, CA, 1968

Lives and works in Portland, OR.

1992 M.F.A. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
1990 B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.


2013 “realiteit”, Four Photography Artists and their Reality, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver Canada
2013 “Temporary Equilibrium”, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR.
2013 “Motion to Light”, SNAP! Orlando, Orlando, FL.
2013 “PhotoSpiva”, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO.
2012 “Anomalies”, Mils Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2012 “Aqua Art Miami”, w/ JGO Gallery, Miami, FL
2012 “Grand Prix de la Découverte”, NoFound Photo Fair, Paris, France
2012 “Connecting”, Chambers@916 Gallery, Portland, OR.
2012 “Illusion”, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
2012 “Fabricated”, Tremaine Gallery, Lakeville, CT.
2011 “Wonder Box”, J-GO Gallery, Park City, UT.
2011 “Decadence & Disarray”, Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA.
2011 “Anomalies”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR. (solo)
2011 “FRESH”, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (online showcase)
2011 “Horizon”, Littman Gallery, Portland, OR. (Curated by Holly Andres)
2011 “SCREENings”, Palais im Zoo, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 “Portland Photography Show”, Jupiter Arts Center, Centralia, WA.
2009 “Aberrations”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR. (solo)
2008 “Aqua Art Miami”, w/ Quality Pictures, Miami, FL
2008 “Shelter”, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR.
2008 “Untitled”, Pushdot, Portland, OR. (solo)


2013 Dijkstra, Jorrit, “Onvoorspelbare Collages”, Shutr Fotomagazine, issue #02-2013, pp. 78-87
2013 Estrada, Pedro, “Aquella casa me inquieta”, DT Magazine, issue #195, April, pp. 36-37
2013 Guilen, Laura Martin, “El Blog”, Pasajes Arquitectura, issue #127, April, p. 7
2013 Perello, Ibarionex, “Adobe Master Class: Photoshop”, Adobe Press, pp. 116-119
2012 Schultz, Brigitte, “Segregation in der Stadt”, Bauwelt, issue #48, Dec., pp. 14-15
2012 Mimic, Dragana, “Galerie: Jim Kazanjian”, Der Bild Bearbeiter, issue #12/2012, Dec., pp. 72-79
2012 Arias, Veronica, “Viviendas Fantasmales”, BG Magazine, issue #70, Nov./Dec., pp. 226-233
2012 Smith, Chris, “Housing a Movement”, UTNE Reader, issue #173, Sept./Oct., pp. 46-49
2012 Jurt, Pascal, “Total Anzestral”, Spex, issue #340, Sept./Oct., pp.128-131
2012 Crisan, Ana Maria, “Alegorii-Aberatii-Fictiuni”, Architectura, issue #637, pp. 40-44
2012 Kazanjian, Jim, “Portfolio – Jim Kazanjian”, Practical Photoshop, issue #12, May, pp. 14-16
2012 Braswell, Molly C., “Untitled (Jim Kazanjian)”, WHOA Magazine, issue #4, Winter, pp. 64-68
2011 Wang, Jianwen, “Entropy of Sorrow”, Bizmode Magazine, Oct. pp. 132-135
2011 Speer, Richard, “Jim Kazanjian”, Willamette Week, August
2011 Bowie, Chas, “À Rebours”, B*IO Rivista, issue #3, July/Aug. pp. 01-02
2011 Kovacs, Chris, “Constructing Deconstruction”, Adore Noir, issue #2, June, pp. 58-63
2011 Izquierdo, Mario, “Extraño Hogar “, Doze Magazine, issue #6, June, pp. 125-132
2011 Fres, Yuri, “Jim Kazanjian”, Tinta Magazine, issue #2, June, pp. 44-53
2011 Kazanjian, Jim, “Surrealisme Noir et Blanc”, Advanced Creation Magazine issue #35, May, pp. 50-53
2011 Lohnig, Henrick, “Jim Kazanjian: Treibgut aus dem Internet”, CHIP Foto-Video, March, pp. 112-113
2011 Luetto, Carlo Michelangelo, “Jim Kazanjian”, Carnemag Visual Arts Magazine, issue #7, Feb.
2011 Goulet, Alexandre, “Collages Improbables”, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, issue #381, Jan./Feb., p. 164
2010 Kazanjian, Jim, “Black & White Surrealism”, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, issue #77, pp. 62-65
2010 Zhu, Parri, “Lonely Island in Danger”, Veco Magazine, issue #4, Nov./Dec., pp. 82-88
2010 Tower, Wells, “Executors of Important Energies”, Esquire Russia, issue #52, Feb., pp. 118-131
2008 Row, D.K., “D.K.’s Hot Sheet”, The Oregonian A&E, November 14, p. 34
2008 Chandler, John, “On the Town”, Portland Monthly, September, p.73


2012 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards – Grand Prize Winner, Single Image Category
2012 International Fine Art Photography Award – 3rd Place Experimental
2012 “Illusion”, Center for Fine Art Photography – Directors Honorable Mention
2008 Photolucida – Critical Mass Top 50

Public Collections

Bibliothèque Nationale de France – Paris, France
Center for Fine Art Photography – Fort Collins, Colorado

Jim Kazanjian

Jim Kazanjian (Los Angeles, 1968) behaalde zijn bachelor aan het Kansas City Art Institute en zijn master aan het Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Hij woont en werkt in Portland, Origon (Verenigde Staten).

Kazanjian is een veelgevraagd CGI-kunstenaar voor televisie- en computerspelproducties en heeft publicaties gehad in o.a. Esquire Russia, The Atlantic en Juxtapose. Zijn werk is door de hele VS te zien geweest en ook in Europa en Australië heeft hij aan exposities deelgenomen. Werk is aangekocht door de Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Parijs) en het Center for Fine Art Photography (Colorado). Recente prijzen zijn Lens Culture International Exposure Awards (2012, Grand Prize Winner, Single Image Category), International Fine Art Photography Award (2012, 3rd Place Experimental) en “Illusion”, Center for Fine Art Photography (2012, Directors Honorable Mention).

Zijn surrealistische werken zijn een ‘hyper-collage’ van beeldmateriaal aangetroffen op internet en zodanig gemanipuleerd dat fantastische werelden vol spanning en intrige ontstonden.

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