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 one of her favorite artists, Steven Assael .


    Her portraits reveal emotions that evoke the human condition underneath the surface. Shiva has a unique style of  capturing the vulnerabilities through surreal representations and forms. Shiva has won many awards for her paintings and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her works can be find in public and private collections, including the Seavest collection. Shiva currently lives in New York and she is an artist member of Salmagundi Club.



Selected Exhibitions

MM Fine Art, In Black&White, Southamptons, NY, Oct. 2018

MM Fine Art, Land & Sea & Sky, Southampton, NY, Aug. 2018


Westchester County Federation Of Women's Clubs Beaux Finale Competition 2018


Landscape show, Salmagundi Club, NY 2017

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On the edge, Trenton City Museum, NJ, 2017

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Deck the walls, Wilkinson gallery, NY academy of art, Dec. 2016

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Arts at Five Anderson street, New Rochelle, NY August 2016

Westminster Kennel Club Art Contest, NY 2016

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Deck the walls, Wilkinson gallery,  NY academy of art, 2015

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Artexpo NY, Pier 94, 2015

Deck the walls, Wilkinson gallery, NY academy of art, 2014

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