Shane Taremi Meet

Shane Taremi

Cambridge, MA

About Shane Taremi

Cambridge, MA

Shane Taremi is an Iranian-born photographer and digital artist based in Boston. He creates surreal cityscapes from around the world which re-examines the traditional, supporting role of a city backdrop to a defined subject in an urban portraiture. His scientific training, as a former Ph.D. biochemist has brought him the discipline to the way he approaches photography and has enabled him to develop his own technique and unique voice, as showcased in his Fibonacci-based cityscape series titled Unreal Reality. In this series, an original photograph, shot on location in various international cities, is digitally blended with the elements taken from the edges of the frame to create an expanded cityscape surrounding the subject. The outward growth of the frame is accomplished by utilizing the Fibonacci based sequence of numbers to produce aesthetically pleasing patterns, all originating from the edges of the frame.
The project is a subjective approach to photography favoring perception over seeing. It is meant to re-invent the viewer’s relationship with the reality of the outside world around him/her. This deviation from the norm of realism are emphasized by these large-scale artworks, depicting urban landscapes containing spaces with vast perspectives where buildings soar above the human scale and architectural elements unique to each city produce one of a kind geometric pattern.
When he is not consumed with creating these surreal cityscapes, as a co-founder, curator and resident artist at Ten-Essex Gallery and similar vacant spaces in Cambridge, he thrives on working with other local artists to create spaces in the community that is free to any participating artists for showcasing their work and having an opportunity to interact with art lovers, locals, and visitors alike. Shane considers himself blessed to be able to successfully transition from a 30 year-long scientific and rewarding career in big Pharma to pursuit the life of a creative artist.

Distinctions and Exhibitions:
-Organizer and participating photographer, Gallery for Charity, photography exhibition, Merck, Boston, MA (2015-2018)
-Founding member of SnAP (Scientist now As Photographers), Merck, Boston, MA (2015-2018)
-Solo Photography Exhibitions, Hatch Street Open Studios, New Bedford, MA (Nov 17-19, 2017-2019)
-Group Exhibition, Jury-selected artist, The Other Art Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL (May 16-20/2019)
-Finalist, Storefront Design Contest, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, MA (2019)
-Selected poster design finalists for United Nations’ Culture, and Sustainable Development, New York, NY (2019)
-Honorable Mention, Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, New York, NY (2019)
-Founder, curator and resident artist at 10 Essex Gallery, Cambridge, MA (2019-2020)
-Kathryn Schultz Gallery, "2020 Members Prize Show" (juror Lisa Crossman), Cambridge Art Association, MA (2020)
-Selected finalist, Getting Around Cambridge Photo Contest, 2020 Magazine edition, Cambridge, MA (2020)
-Online Group Exhibition, “Touchy Feely” organized by Gallery 263, Cambridge, MA (Apr 2 – May 31/2020)
-Ten Unreal Reality artworks published in 2 issues of Under the Bridge Magazine (, May – Jun/2020
-BostonArt-represented artist, 6 Unreal Reality installations in corporate and residential buildings round Boston (July 27 – Sept 1/2020)
-Solo Exhibition, Fine Arts Photography, Art Focus Gallery, Ipswich, MA (June-Sept/2020)
-Artist of the Month, ArtJobs International Competition, Winning series: Unreal Reality-Fashion Edition (Sept/2020)
-Group Exhibition, Happenstance International Art Expo, Scarborough Arts Foundation, UK (Oct 2-12/2020)
-Second Place Award, Online Group Exhibition, Patterns Art Show, Gray Cube Gallery, USA (Oct/2020)
-Group Exhibition, Cambridge Art Open Studios, Cambridge, MA (Oct 3-Dec 31/2020)
-Kathryn Schultz Gallery, "RED" (juror Layla Bermeo, Curator@MFA), Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge MA (Nov 4–Dec 17/2020)

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Other works by Shane Taremi

Selected Exhibitions

Press and Accolades

  • Boston Globe
    March 18, 2019
  • NBC Boston
    December 30, 2019
  • Cambridge Day
    March 14, 2019


  • DuPont, Post Doctorate /Biochemistry
    Wilimington, DE,1992 
  • University of Connecticut, Ph.D. / Chemistry
    Storrs, CT,1990 

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