Copy of 18th c. Green Tara by Roshan Houshmand, Gouache on Linen, 20” x 16”A Retrospective Solo Show Exploring How Spirituality Intertwines with Eastern Inspired Art Practices to Heal Loss and Foster Both Reflection and Compassion

Yonkers, NY (February 5, 2024) On view from February 3 - March 15 at Yonkers Public Library Riverfront Art Gallery is Beyond the Physical, a retrospective solo show featuring the highly awarded works of artist Roshan Houshmand, an Iranian/American artist who was born and raised in the Philippines.

Beyond The Physical explores how spirituality intertwines with Eastern inspired art practices to heal loss and foster both reflection and compassion. Through the use of oil and acrylic paints, fabric, mixed media, and various other mediums, Houshmand walks us through her process of healing and her experiences traveling around the world, emphasizing that art exists alongside all stages of one's life. Beyond The Physical looks at art as a meditative practice, investigating the tension between expression, experience, process, intention, and repetition. Houshmand examines how the universe’s spiritual energy threads through her own self, allowing the metaphysical and the physical to begin mirroring one another.

Houshmand has exhibited internationally and her travels around the world and subsequent cultural influences are evident in her lush works which marry art and science in a mystical and vibrant dance, reflecting Houshmand’s passion for physics. Riverfront Art Gallery will feature select works on paper, oil paintings and mixed-media that feel like intricately woven rituals that visually engage the viewer reflecting her meditative process.

Opening Reception:

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

Location: Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Art Gallery, 1 Larkin Center, 4th Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701

Yonkers Public Library’s programs at Riverfront Art Gallery are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

About The Artist

Roshan Houshmand is an American artist and educator who was born in the Philippines in 1961, raised there and Iran until 1976. Her BA is from Bennington College (1982) in Vermont, and her MA and MFA are from Dominican University’s Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts (an affiliate of Dominican University) in Florence, Italy (1983, 84). A life-long learner, Roshan studied extensively in NYC with Julio Alpuy of the Taller of Joaquin Torres Garcia (Founder of Universal Constructivism) and most recently at Schechen Monastery’s Tsering Art School in Nepal. Houshmand’s work is exhibited and collected internationally. 

Roshan currently teaches as an online adjunct drawing instructor at Southern New Hampshire University. She lives and works in Andes, NY. For more information, please visit

About Yonkers Public Library

Yonkers Public Library is the largest library in Westchester County and was established in 1893 to serve the citizens of the City of Yonkers. There are currently three branches; Riverfront Library, our main branch, in downtown Yonkers, the Grinton I. Will Branch on Central Avenue and the Crestwood Branch in the Crestwood section of the city. Our vision is to improve the life in Yonkers for everyone by fostering literacy, culture, connection and community. Yonkers Public Library is an essential and dynamic institution whose dedicated staff provide outstanding service, meaningful collections, and impactful programs in welcoming and inspiring spaces. For more information about the Yonkers Public Library, visit


Image: Copy of 18th c. Green Tara by Roshan Houshmand, Gouache on Linen, 20” x 16”