Pantea Karimi has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and presently resides in San Jose, California. Karimi’s fine arts are in public and private collections and have been exhibited in diverse solo, group, and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the US. Her research residencies include The British Library and the Institute Archives & Special Collections at MIT. She was the 2018 SECA Award and Silicon Valley Artist Laureates nominee. She is the recipient of the 2019 Arts and Cultural Exchange Grant in San Jose, the 2016–2017 Kala Fellowship Award, and the 2011 Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative Fellowship.
Karimi researches visual representations in medieval Persian and Arab and early modern European scientific manuscripts in five categories: mathematics, medicinal botany, anatomy, optics, and cartography. She works with interactive installations, virtual reality, screenprints, and digital prints.