Of German and Iranian descent, Carina Shoshtary was born in 1979 in a family of musicians in Augsburg, Germany. She trained as a goldsmith in Neugablonz, Germany, from 2001 to 2004 and studied art jewellery under Professor Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, from 2006 to 2012, graduating in 2012 as a "Meisterschüler".
Carina Shoshtary operates with the pragmatism of a modern hunter-gatherer. In a perfect osmosis with her environment, she patiently gathers all the materials that she comes upon : shells of dried fruits or seashells, dry or driftwood, paper and especially fragments of urban graffiti.
For several years now, she has been collecting one of the main raw materials of her works, notably in Munich, on one of the few legal walls attributed by the city to street art. Like a gatherer watching for the fall of the fruit of its tree, not only does she have to wait for the fragments of these contemporary frescoes to fall but also to deal with the necessary limits imposed by the colour palettes used by the graffiti-artists. In a pointillist manner, she then reduces them into myriads of sequins, covering the surface of volumes that she shapes by using wood or steel wires.
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She has exhibited internationally in museums including the Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt, Germany, the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2013, Cheongju, Republic of Korea and the Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, England. Her work is in the public collections of the Rotasa Foundation, California, USA, the Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden, and the International Design Museum, Munich, Germany. In 2012, she was awarded the Bavarian State Prize for Emerging Designers and the Upper Bavarian Prize for Applied Arts. She was a finalist for the Sponsorship Award of the city of Munich in 2013 and the Art Jewelry Artist Award in 2016.