Into the Arcana
Into the Arcana is a culmination of artist Michelle Sakhai’s year-long project, which presents the artist’s interpretation of select Major Arcana Tarot cards. She understands Major Arcana Tarot cards as representations of the life lessons, karmic influences, and the big archetypal themes that are influencing people’s life and soul’s journey to enlightenment, and introduces the cards as a means to find the most important questions in life. Through her Arcana series, Michelle intends to connect people back to the source and the higher power, and brings healing and peace within. With an interest in the teachings of Transformative art, Michelle’s abstract paintings focus on light and energy with each stroke serving as a vehicle for healing and channeling peace.
About the Artist
Michelle Sakhai is an NYC-based visual artist who specializes in metal leaf oil paintings. With both Persian and Japanese roots, her art derives influences from both cultures. Family trips to Japan initially exposed her to metal leaf and inspired her to become a pioneer in this medium. Sakhai’s paintings are exhibited in galleries around the world including Tokyo, Ibiza, Miami, and New York City. Her art remains in collections at the Montefiore Einstein Medical Center, Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She recently published her first book titled ‘Awakening’, a compilation of 200 of her paintings. Sakhai received her Bachelor’s in Art History and Fine Arts from Hofstra University and her Masters in Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University. She also studied internationally including d’Arts Plastique I Disseny (LLOTJA) in Spain. Sakhai currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hofstra University and has taught art at the University of California, Berkeley.