Shiva was born in Persia and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Shiraz University. She was greatly influenced by her father, Mehdi Jlayer, who was a famous painter, sculptor and poet of Shiraz. At an early age she watched her father paint and was inspired to pursue and find her own artistic path.
After graduating, in 2011, Shiva continued by taking classes with multiple artists. After moving to United States in 2014, Shiva enrolled at New York Academy of Art program and had the honor of working with some of her favorite artists.
Her portraits reveal emotions that evoke the human condition underneath the surface. Shiva has a unique style of capturing the vulnerabilities through textural representations and forms. Shiva has won many awards for her paintings and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her works can be found in public and private collections, including the Seavest collection. Shiva currently lives in New York and she is an artist member of Salmagundi Club.
MM Fine Art, In Black&White, Southamptons, NY, Oct. 2018
MM Fine Art, Land & Sea & Sky, Southampton, NY, Aug. 2018
Deck the walls, Wilkinson gallery, NY academy of art, Dec. 2016
Westminster Kennel Club Art Contest, NY 2016
Artexpo NY, Pier 94, 2015