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Lived/Active: California/New York / Iran, Islamic Republic of      Known for: socio-political abstract painting images

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Ali Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1976 and moved to California with his family when he was a child. He lives and works in New York.

Banisadr once remarked that his childhood memories, notably of the Islamic revolution and the brutal Iran-Iraq war, were a mix of images, half abstract and the other half with recognizable forms. Present in all of his works is a sense of sound and movement that is due to the way in which Banisadr condenses his imagery, and chooses a wide range of colours to bring his subject to life.

His figures, inspired by Persian miniature, contrast with the use of large brushstrokes to create an increasingly abstract image. As you draw closer to the painting you see that he is not only capturing the brutality that he has experienced, but also showing human evil in general. Disguised beneath the magnificence of the paintings' overall design - despair, isolation and terror are conveyed.

Ali explains, "I became fascinated with all histories of war, conspiracies, colonialism, corruption, ancient and modern battles...Opposition and conflict are at the heart of my work."

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting
2007 - 08
Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York
Travel Grant to Normandy, France at the Chateaux Balleroy
Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation

"Motherboard", Sperone Westwater, New York
We haven´t landed on earth yet Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
It Happened and It Never Did - Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Evidence - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (works on paper)
Paintings - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Paintings - Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Lilly Wei, « Ali Banisadr : Interview », Studio International (June 2014)

Randy Kennedy, « Art Scool Creates a New Reality », The New York Times (May 21, 2014)

Katy Donoghue, « Ali Banisadr in conversation with Porochista Khakpour », Whitwall Magazine (May 2014)

David Cohen, « Brueghel meets Mughal : Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater », Art Critical (April 2014)

William Corwin, « Ali BanisadrMotherboard », The Brooklyn Rail (April 2014)

Lucian Harris, « Inthe Garden of Earthly Delights » Harper's Bazaar Art (Cover) (March/April 2014)

Noah Becker, « Ali Banisadr Interview », Whitehott Magazine (March 2014)

Meghan Dailey, « Painter Ali Banisadr's Sound Inspiration », The Wall Street Journal (March2014)

Norm Havecroft, « Meet NYFA Artist : Ali Banisadr », NYFA (March 2014)

Emily Mcdermott, « How Ali Ali Banisadr Holds Memory «, Interview Magazine (March 2014)

Danielle Murat, « Ali Banisadr's Motherboard at Sperone Westwater », M Daily (March 2014)

Nicola Trezzi, "Ali Banisadr", Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)

Rebecca Ann Proctor, "Historical Relayerings", Canvas (May 2012)

Pamela A Lewis, A defiant Beauty: Contemporary Iranian Art from the permanent collection at the Met", Galo Magazine (March 2012)

Jonathan Beer, "Conversation with the Unnamed: Ali Banisadr", Art-Rated (January 2012)

Cover of Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)

Nicola Trezzi, "Ali Banisadr", Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)

Jane Neal, "What Lies Beneath", Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)

Shirine Saad, "Impulse to Paint", Aishti Magazine (April/May 2012)

"Top 100 Artists" (Ranked #1), Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)

Margherita Artoni, "Visions", Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)

Marco Tagliafierro, "East Ex East", Artforum (October 2011)

Damiano Gulli, "East Ex East", Flash Art Magazine, Italy (October 2011)

Christopher French, "Ali Banisadr", ARTnews (September 2011)

Media Farzin, "Profile: Clamour and Colour Ali Banisadr", Canvas Magazine

(September 2011)

Amanda Church, "Ali Banisadr", Art in America (June 29, 2011)

Vaziri, Katayoun. "Interview: Ali Banisadr : It Happened and It Never Did", BBC

Persia (TV), Tamasha, (May, 5. 2011)

Olivia Sand, "Profile: Ali Banisadr", Asian Art Newspaper (February 2011)

Augustin Besnier, "Ali Banisadr Evidence", Paris Art, (January 2011)


Jeffrey Deitch, « Sound of Painting », Sperone Westwater, 48 pages (March 2014)

Michael Peppiatt ,"Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art", Gatehouse Publishing, 240 pages (January 2014)

Nicola Trezzi, "Ali Banisadr": Tectonic, 405 Pages (April 2013)

Giancarlo Politi, Helena Kontova, Nicola Trezzi, "Expanded Painting": Prague Biennale 6, 205 Pages (June 2013)

Nicholas Cullinan, Negar Azami, Dina Nasser-Khadivi, Nada Raza, "Love me Love me Not": Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale Catalogue, 164 pages (June 2013)

Philippe Dagen, Raimund Stecker, Denise Wendel-poray, "Frauen Liebe Und Leben", Lehmbruck Museum, Hatje Cantz, 288 Pages

Fereshteh Daftari, Jill Baird, "Safar/Voyage", Published by UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 121 pages (April 2013)

Michael Bracewell, "Disaster: The End of Days", Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (March 2013)

Margherita Artoni, The Sound of Painting, Published by Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, 75 pages (Novemnber 2012)

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, "Hue + Cry", Published by Sotheby's S2, New York (October 2012)

Maryam Ekhtiar, Greg Lindquist, "We Haven't Landed on Earth Yet", Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, D.A.P. (June 2012)

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, "Hue + Cry", Published by Sotheby's S2, New York (October 2012)?Margherita Artoni, The Sound of Painting, Published by Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, 75 pages (November 2012)?Michael Bracewell, "Disaster: The End of Days", Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (March 2013)?Philippe Dagen, Raimund Stecker, Denise Wendel-poray, "Frauen Liebe Und Leben", Lehmbruck Museum, Hatje Cantz, 288 Pages (April 2013)?Jane Neal, "East ex East", Published by Brand New Gallery, Milan, 104 pages (June 2011)

Nicola Trezzi, "Visions", Published by Monica De Cardenas, Milan, 55 pages : Ali Banisadr, Jules De Balincourt, Tomory Dodge, Barnaby Furnas, Ryan Mosley (September 2011)

Ali Banisadr: Paintings (New York: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 2008)

Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (London: The Saatchi Gallery, London, 2009), 33-36.

Raad O Bargh, Text by Vali Mahlouji (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2009)  20-23.

Different Sames: New Perspectives on Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Hossain Amirsadeghi (London: TransGlobe Publishing Ltd., 2009)

Epic Painting, Bucknell University/Samek Art Gallery, 2009 (Essay by Dan Mills)

Ali Banisadr, Text by Fereshteh Daftari,  Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2010, 52 pages

Hareng Saur : Ensor and Contemporary Art, distributed by Ludion, S.M.A.K. and MSK Ghent, 2010,  240 pages  (Texts by Pierre Alechinsky, Susan Canning, Robert Hoozee, Timothy Hyman, Yang Jiechang, Bart Koubaa, Thomas Kowalski, Enrique Marty, Emilio López-Menchero, Raymond Pettibon, Elly Strik, Koen Theys and Philippe Van Cauteren.)


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

British Museum, London, UK

Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Essl Collection, Austria

Wurth Collection, Germany

Francois Pinault Foundation

Olbricht Collection, Germany

Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

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