Ārām & Relaxing Art
1. Presenting original, affordable, contemporary art
.2. Raising awareness and funds to help with different issues like poverty, homelessness, disease, devastation of the forces of nature, injustices of the world, or any other problems and challenges facing human beings
How do we begin to tackle all the injustices of the world when the problems and challenges facing many of our citizens seem so overwhelming?Poverty, homelessness, disease, the devastation of the forces of nature- what can we possibly contribute that will have a substantial and positive impact on our fellow human beings and to remedy the situations in which many find themselves? The answer lies in our ability to do what we can within the limitations of our skills, talents, finances, personal abilities and, sometimes, even within our inabilities. One thing is for certain, the mind and our capacity to hope and dream recognizes no boundaries or limitations. What we can conceive, we truly can achieve. In fact, I will go one step further and confide that what we can conceive - through the strength of our will, meditation, connecting to our spirit and compassion - we can truly manifest. We are capable and free to think as large or small as we feel compelled. The universe is filled with amazing energy and beautiful secrets that we merely need to open our minds toward and to allow to enter our souls in order to unleash their powers and find solutions. Being receptive to knowledge, to allow ourselves to become educated on critical issues and, in turn, sharing that knowledge with others gives us power and is ultimately the most rewarding experience that life has to offer.
Ben Navaee Gallery was estabilsh in 2001 in Yorkville- 29 Bellair Ave. in Toronto. In 2006 moved to the beautiful storefront in Leslieville at 1111 Queen st. East. 5 years later the gallery was relocated to 1107 Queen St East. In February 2017 another branch was opened in Hamilton- 47 Ottawa St North. The Toronto location was closed at the end of 2017.
The Gallery is run by Ben Navaee who is a painter/sculptor/photographer and a yoga instructor specialized in relaxation and meditation.
Ben had studied Civil Engineering and Theory and Composition of Classical Music (double major) at University of Nebraska at Omaha.
After practising 10 years as civil engineer as concrete lab chief engineer in Germany, he changed his major to Networking and Telecommunication and became certified as Novell Engineer and worked in IT, in Toronto and later in San Francisco. While working in San Francisco, he started taking art courses, privately, at City College and University of California at Berkeley- not pursuing a degree though.
In 2001 he moved back to Canada and started his professional life as an artist/gallerist.
Ben has been teaching classical guitar and music theory since 2001. He has played some chamber music at the gallery at times. In Germany
he played in a guitar quartet and sang with Koelner Philharmonie for several years in Cologne, Germany. He had also studied Bel canto in Milano, Italy as a soloist, which did not end up well, due to stage fright.
47 Ottawa St North,
Hamilton, Ontario L8H 3Y8