Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr

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.

In motion and evolving throughout the process of creation, Ali Banisadr’s work is characterized by an instability that fascinates the viewer and showcases the very essence of imagination. The scenes that Ali Banisadr paints fit within the art history narrative, from Jérôme Bosch to Francis Bacon, bearing this ability to transport us into realms where beauty borders on horror, order on disorder, and where the depths of the sea merge with the farthest reaches of outer space.

The origin of chaos is perhaps what ultimately enables us to see the artist, like an imperfect symphonythe one who orchestrates forms and colours, slow and intense movements, to reach a disconcerting harmony that freezes within time, the creative explosion that unfurls under our gaze.

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 and corruption. 

Awards

2010


New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting 


 


2007 - 2008


Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA 


 


2006


Travel Grant to Normandy, France, at the Château Balleroy 


Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation


Solo exhibitions

2017


Trust in the Future, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY




2015


In Medias Res, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


At Once, BlainSouthern, London, UK


 


2014


Motherboard, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA 


 


2012


We haven't landed on earth yet, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2011


It Happened and It Never Did, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY, USA


 


2010


Evidence, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008


Paintings, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY, USA


Group exhibitions

2018


Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA


 


2017


Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA


Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Agha Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada


Iranian Voices: recent acquisitions of works on paper, The British Museum, London, UK 


 


2016


A Question of Perspective, Grimm, Amsterdam, Netherlands


My Abstract World, Me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany


 


2015


Charity for the Refugees, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2014


Eurasia: A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Love Me/ Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, Heydar Alivey Center, Baku, Azerbaijan 


Between Worlds, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India


 


2013


Love Me/ Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale,Venice, Italy


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6, Prague, Czech Republic


Cinematic Visions: Painting at The Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK


A Selection of Recent Acquisitions from The Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


Disaster / The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Safar/Voyage, Museum of Anthropology at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Frauen Liebe und Leben (The Klöcker collection), Lehmbruck Musem, Duisburg, Germany


Dynasty, Hotel Particulier, New York, NY, USA


Tectonic, The Moving Museum, Gate Village DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


 


2012


Contemporary Iranian Art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA


Hue and Cry, Sotheby’s (S2 Gallery) New York, NY, USA


The Sound of Painting, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy


Lucie Fontaine : Estate Vernissage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


 


2011


XXSmall, Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art at Haags Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Netherlands 


East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy


Visions, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy


 


2010


Hareng Saur: Ensor en de hedendaagse kunst, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent at S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium


Contemporary Notes, Assar Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr, and Nick Goss), Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy


 


2009 


Epic Painting, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA


Raad O Bargh, Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria


Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


Raad O Bargh: 17 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008 


Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Small is Beautiful (2), Flowers Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition (Ali Banisadr, David Pettibon, MaryRaap), New York Academy of Art, NY, USA


Utopia Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY, USA


 


2007    


Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA


Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA


CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2006  


Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York, NY, USA


Summer Painters, Château de Balleroy, Balleroy, France


 


2005   


In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Public and private collections

AUSTRIA


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg


Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg


 


BELGIUM


Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels


 


FRANCE
Centre Pompidou, Paris 


 


GERMANY


Würth Collection, Künzelsau


Olbricht Collection, Berlin


 


ITALY


Francois Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice


 


NETHERLANDS


Miniature Museum, The Hague


 


UK


British Museum, London


Saatchi Gallery, London


 


USA


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California


Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York


LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California