The work of Ali Banisadr (b.1976, Tehran, Iran) demonstrates a careful balancing act between chaos and composure, and abstract and figurative painting and drawing. His complex, expansive paintings are rich with figurative allusions rooted in autobiographical narratives, sonic recollection, invented stories, world history, collective memory and mythology.

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GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern London
At Once

At Once

11 February – 21 March 2015

INSTITUTIONS

ME Collectors Room Berlin/Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin, DE
My Abstract World

My Abstract World

14 September 2016 – 2 April 2017

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, US
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians - The Mohammed Afkhami Collection

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians - The Mohammed Afkhami Collection

1 July – 24 September 2017

Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, AZ
Love Me/Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors

Love Me/Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors

14 April – 25 May 2014

MEDIA

BIOGRAPHY

Alongside references of historical and contemporary art, sound is also integral to Banisadr’s practice; indeed, much of the dynamic power in his painting has been attributed to the synaesthesia that he experiences while painting. This began when he was growing up in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, where he drew the sounds he heard during air-raids, in order to make sense of what was happening. He says: ‘When I begin a painting, it is always based on an internal sound. As soon as I apply the brush, the sound begins, and I am able to compose the work based on the sounds I hear as I’m painting. It is the force that drives the whole painting and helps me compose the work and pull everything together.’

Banisadr’s family left Iran in 1988, moving first to Turkey and then to California. He studied psychology and was involved with the underground graffitti scene in San Francisco. Moving to New York in 2000, he obtained his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from New York Academy of Art. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

The artist's works are housed in important public collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Saatchi Gallery and the British Museum in London, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York among others. His work has been featured in many group shows, including Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6, Prague, CZ (2013); Love Me/Love Me Not, Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, IT (2013); Frauen Liebe und Leben (The Klöcker collection), Lehmbruck Musem, Duisburg, DE (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US (2013), The Moving Museum, Dubai, AE (2013); Contemporary Iranian art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US (2012) and Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, BE (2010).

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1976, Born in Tehran, IR
Lives and works in New York, US


EDUCATION

2007
MFA, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2005
BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, US

 

AWARDS

2010
New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, US

2007-2008
Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, US

2006
Travel Grant to Normandy, at the Chateaux Balleroy, FR
Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation


SELECTED SOLO & TWO-MAN EXHIBITIONS

2019
Bosch & Banisadr, Gemaldegalerie, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, AT (forthcoming)
Ali Banisadr, Noordbrabants Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch, NL (forthcoming)
Ali Banisadr & Andrew Sendor, MOCA Jacksonville, US (forthcoming)

2018
Ali Banisadr, Blain|Southern, Berlin, DE (forthcoming)

2017    
Trust in the Future, Sperone Westwater, New York, US

2015   
In Media Res, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR
At Once, Blain|Southern, London, UK

2014   
Motherboard, Sperone Westwater, New York, US

2012     
We Haven’t Landed on Earth Yet, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AT

2011   
It Happened and It Never Did, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, US

2010   
Evidence, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR
Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR

2008   
Paintings, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, US


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, US; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, US (forthcoming)
NGORONGORO II, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, DE 

2017    
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet:Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, CA; Museum of Fine Art Houston (MFA), US

2016   
Iranian voices, The British Museum, London, UK
My Abstract World, Me Collectors Room, Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, DE
A Question of Perspective, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2015   
Charity for the Refugees, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AT

2014   
Eurasia, A View on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR
Between Worlds, Galerie ISA, Mumbai, IN
Love Me/Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and it’s Neighbors, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, AZ

2013
Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6, Prague, CZ
Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
Love Me/Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and it’s Neighbors, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale,Venice, IT
A Selection of Recent Acquisitions from The Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Safar/Voyage, Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
Frauen Liebe und Leben (The Klöcker collection), Lehmbruck Musem, Duisburg, DE
Disaster/The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, FR
Tectonic, The Moving Museum, Gate Village DIFC, Dubai, AE
Dynasty, Hotel Particulier, New York, US

2012   
Contemporary Iranian art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
The Sound of Painting, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, IT
Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, US
Hue and Cry, Sotheby’s (S2 Gallery), New York, US
Lucie Fontaine: Estate Vernissage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, US
Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, AE 

2011
XXSmall, Gemeente Museum, The Hague, NL
East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
Visions, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, IT 

2010   
Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K),
Ghent, BE
Contemporary Notes, Assar Gallery, Tehran, IR
Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr, and Nick Goss), Luce Gallery, Turin, IT

2009   
Epic Painting, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, US
Raad O Bargh, Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, AT
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Raad O Bargh – 17 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR

2008   
Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, New York, US
Utopia Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, US
Small is Beautiful (2), Flowers Gallery, New York, US
Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, US

2007   
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, US
Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York, US
CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York, US

2006   
Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York, US
Summer Painters, Château de Balleroy, FR

2005   
In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, US

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2018
Mark W.Scala, Media Farzin, Simon Morley, Exhibition Catalogue, Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, MIT Press, Nashville, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, US

2017
Thomas P. Campbell, ed., The Artist Project. What Artists See When They Look At Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Phaidon, New York, US
Lilly Wei, Ali Banisadr: Trust in the Future, Sperone Westwater, New York, US
Sussan Babaie, Natasha Morris, Venetia Porter, Honar The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art, Phaidon, US
Fereshteh Daftari, Exhibition Catalogue, Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Black Dog Publishing, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, CA

2016
Thomas Olbricht, Sarah Sonderkamp, Max Dax, Exhibition Catalogue, My Abstract World, Me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, DE

2015 
Philippe Dagen, Exhibition Catalogue, Ali Banisadr: In Medias Res, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR
Global Perspective on Visual Vocabulary: PRŌTOCOLLUM, 3rd Edition, Dickersbach Kunstverlag, Berlin, DE
Charlotte Mullins, Picturing People, Thames & Hudson, London, UK
R.Hobbs, B.Groys, eds., Ali Banisadr: One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, Blain|Southern,
London, UK

2014 
Norman Rosenthal, Exhibition Catalogue, Eurasia: A View on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, Paris, FR
Donald Kuspit, Irving Sandler, Margaret McCann, Bob Colacello, The Figure: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, Skira Rizzoli, New York, US
M.Peppiatt, Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art,  Art Plural Gallery, SG
J.Deitch, Sound of Painting, Sperone Westwater, New York, US

2013 
N.Trezzi, Ali Banisadr: Tectonic, The Moving Museum, Gate Village DIFC, Dubai, UAE
G. Politi, Hontova, H. and Trezzi, N., Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6, CZ
N.Cullinan, D.Azimi, et al., Exhibition Catalogue, Love Me, Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours 55th Venice Biennale,  Venice, IT
F.Daftari and J.Baird, Safar/Voyage, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, CA
P.Dagen, R.Stecker and D.Wendel-poray, Frauen Liebe Und Leben, Hatje Cantz, Lehmbruck Museum, DE
Michael Bracewell, Disaster: The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR

2012 
M.Artoni, The Sound of Painting, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, IT
V.R.Roitfeld, Hue + Cry, Sotheby’s S2, New York, NY
Jane Neal, Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
M.Ekhtiar, and G.Lindquist, Exhibition Catalogue, We Haven’t Landed on Earth Yet, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, FR

2011 
Jane Neal, East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
N.Trezzi, Visions, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, IT
Veerle Windels, ed., Exhibition Catalogue, Hareng Saur : Ensor and Contemporary Art, Ludion, S.M.A.K. and MSK Ghent, BE

2010
F.Daftari, Ali Banisadr, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FR

2009 
Lisa Farjam, Exhibition Catalogue, Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
V.Mahlouji, Exhibition Catlogue, Raad O Bargh, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac,  Paris, FR
H.Amirsadeghi, Different Sames: New Perspectives on Contemporary Iranian Art, TransGlobe Publishing, London, UK
Dan Mills, Exhibition Catalogue, Epic Painting,  Bucknell University, Samek Art Gallery, Lewisburg, US

2008 
Exhibition Catalogue, Ali Banisadr: Paintings, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, US


SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2017
A. Wallace-Thompson, “Profile Nightmares and Dreamscapes”, ArtAsiaPacific, September/October
J. Holmes, “Ali Banisadr: Trust In The Future”, The Brooklyn Rail, July/August
M. Wong, “Trust In The Future: Ali Banisadr”, ArtAsiaPacific, 7 June
Bio Pic, “Ali Banisadr: How Synesthesia Taught The Artist To Paint By Sound”, Modern Painters, June/July
O.C. Yerebakan, “Interview: Ali Banisadr”, Artspeak, 27 May
A. Shaikh, “Exhibitionism: Trust In The Future”, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Summer
S. Cochran, “Go Inside NYC’s Top 5 Gallery Shows”, Architectural Digest, 22 May
A. Khadra, “Ali Banisadr interview”, Canvas Magazine, March/April 

2016
O. Sand, “Ali Banisadr”, Asian Art Newspaper, 1 October
“IN CONVERSATION - ALI BANISADR AND MARIUS BERCEA”, TurpsBanana.com, Issue 16
S. Broughton, “Mágica Sinfonía, El artista iraní Ali Banisadr, unos de los nombres más
sugerentes de la escena contemporánea, siente una asombrosa afinidad El Bosco”, Tendencias
del Mercado del Arte, May
R. Punj, “An unspeakable act, - an interview with New York based artist Ali Banisadr at Galerie
Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris”, artdependencemagazine, March
C. Millet, “Review on Ali Banisadr at Thaddeaus Ropac”, artpress, March Issue 

2015
R. Barry, “Ali Banisadr”, Frieze Magazine, 11 December
“Middle Eastern Collectors + Artists Unite”, Harper’s Bazaar Art, Issue 33, September
M. Westall, “Heightened Senses”, City Magazine, April
“Get to know: Ali Banisadr”, Art & Culture, Hunger TV, 17 March
“Banisdar War Works”, Mayfair Times, Art, 3 March
M. Paul, “Ali Banisadr at Blain Southern London”, Widewalls, 9 February
R.Campbell-Johnston,”What’s on critics’ choice – Ali Banisadr: At Once”, The Saturday Review,
The Times Weekend, 14 February

2014
Roger G.Denson, “Personifying Iran in an Art of Dissent, Defiance, and Desire”, The Huffington
Post, 10 October
Deepali Nandwani,”The Balancing Act”, Eat Stay Love, Mumbai,  August
Zeenia F Baria,”International artists showcase works in Mumbai”, The Times of India, 7 July
V. Reshamwala, “State of Flux”, Time Out Mumbai, June
L. Kei, “Ali Banisadr: Interview”, Studio International, 2 June
R. Kennedy, “Art School Creates a New Reality”, The New York Times, 21 May
K. Donoghue, “Ali Banisadr in Conversation with Porochista Khakpour”, Whitewall, Summer
Design Issue
D. Cohen, “Brueghel Meets Mughal: Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater”, artcritical.com, 11
April
M. Corwin, “Ali Banisadr Motherboard”, The Brooklyn Rail, 2 April
L. Harris,”In the Garden of Earthly Delights”, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Art, Issue 12, March –
April (and front cover)
N. Becker, “Ali Banisadr Interview”, whitehotmagazine.com, March
N. Havercroft, “Meet a NYFA Artist: Ali Banisadr”, current.ny.org, 14 March
E .McDermott, ”How Ali Banisadr Holds Memory”, Interview Magazine, March
“Love Me, Love Me Not contemporary art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours”, news.az, 27 February
“Love Me, Love Me Not”, Wall Street International, 22 January

2012
Cover of Flash Art International Magazine, July-September
G. R. Denson, “Going Forward in Reverse: The Present Tense(ion) of History Painting”, The
Huffington Post, 7 September
J. Chae,”Conversation with Ali Banisadr”, The Huffington Post, 4 September
J .Chae, “Conversation with artist Ali Banisadr”, Arts in a Changing America, 2 September
N. Trezzi, “Ali Banisadr”, Flash Art International Magazine, July-September
W. Corwin, “Ali Banisadr, Tehran to New York”, Art on Air International Radio, 20 August
J. Neal, “What Lies Beneath”, Flash Art International Magazine, July-September
S. Saad, “Impulse to Paint”, Aishti Magazine, April/May
J. Kalsi, “Lessons from the Past”, Gulf News, 25 May
R. A.Proctor, “Historical Relayerings”, Canvas Guide, May
P. A. Lewis, “Defiant Beauty: Contemporary Iranian Art from the permanent collection at the
Met”, Galo Magazine, March
J. Beer, “Conversation with the Unnamed: Ali Banisadr”, Art-Rated, January 

2011
“Top 100 Artists” (Ranked #1), Flash Art International Magazine, November
M. Artoni, “Visions”, Flash Art International Magazine, November
M. Tagliafierro, “East Ex East”, Artforum, October
D. Gulli, “East Ex East”, Flash Art Magazine, IT, October
B. Casavecchia, “East ex East”, Art Review, September
C. French, “Ali Banisadr”, ARTnews, September
M. Farzin, “Profile: Clamour and Colour Ali Banisadr”, Canvas Magazine, September
A. Church, “Ali Banisadr”, Art in America, 29 June
V. Katayoun, “Interview: Ali Banisadr: It Happened and It Never Did”, BBC Persia, Tamasha, 5 May
O. Sand, “Profile: Ali Banisadr”, Asian Art Newspaper, February
A. Besnier, “Ali Banisadr Evidence”, Paris Art, January

2010
V.de Maulmin, “Les arcanes poetiques d’ Ali Banisadr”, Connaissance des Arts, Paris,
November
“Prima candelina coi fantasmi: una mostra astratta e figurative”, il Giornale, IT, 15 September
C. Badinella, and F.Affronti, “Ali Banisadr: Un caos controllato in procinto di andare a pezzi”,
Flash Art Magazine, IT, issue 286, August/September
V. Sharifian, “Interview with Ali Banisadr”, Tandis Magazine, Tehran, May
A. Cheney, “All’s Fare in Art”, Wall Street Journal, 9 MayC.
 Badinella, and F. Affronti, “Grandi Masteri, Fonte Perenne”, La Casana, March
G. Godula., “Ali Banisadr”, France 24, 12 FebruaryS. De Santis, “Ali Banisadr”, Le Figaro, 23 February
C. Rigollet, “Ali Banisadr”, L’agora Des Arts, March
N. Villodre,“Ali Banisadr”, Paris Art, March

2009
T .Jeffreys, “Unveiled New Art From The Middle East”, Spoonfed, 29 January
G. Santevecchi, “Arte Shock Per I’ Islam Senza Veli”, Corriere Della Sera, 31 January
N. Brown, “Middle Eastern Promise”, The First Post, 2 February
P. Dagen, “Le Moyen-Orient détrône la Chine chez Saatchi, collectionneur avisé”, Le Monde, 6
February
“Thunder and Lightning”, Wallpaper, 20 February
A. Amirhajibi, “Iranian Raad O Bargh in Paris and London”, Etemad Melli, February
E. Van Tuijn, “The Middle East Unveiled”, MetropolisM, March
P. Dagen, “Raad O Bargh”, Le Monde, 8 March
F. Gruber, “New Middle Eastern Art”, ABC Radio National, 15 March
E. Verla Bovino, “Raad O Bargh”, Frieze Magazine, April
M. Montazami, Review, ArtPress, May
“Donner Und Blitz Aus Dem Iran”, Der Standard, AT, 29 July
R. Ayers, Modern Painters, November

2008
K. Rosenberg, “Ali Banisadr”, The New York Times, 7 November
G. Lindquist, “Ali Banisadr”, The Brooklyn Rail, December - January 2009
H. Piri, “Detour Through Chelsea”, pirihalasz.com, No.81:1 December
J. Wagner, “Ali Banisadr at Leslie Tonkonow”, Jameswagner.com, December

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, US
British Museum, London, UK
Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Francois Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, IT
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, US
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
Miniature Museum, The Hague, NL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US
Museum der Moderne Kunst, Salzburg, AT
The Olbricht Collection, Essen, DE
The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Sammlung Essl , Vienna, AT
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, US
Vanhaerents Collection, Brussels, BE
The Wurth Collection, Berlin, DE


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