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Ali Banisadr

colorful abstract painting

Born in Tehran in 1976, Ali Banisadr grew up during the Islamic revolution and the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. In 1988, he and his family left Iran, first to Turkey and then to California. In 2000, he moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2007. Since his first solo exhibition in 2008, Banisadr has exhibited in the United States and abroad. His paintings have been featured in international surveys, such as “Love Me/Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and Its Neighbors” at the 2013 Venice Biennale. His work was also included in “Rebel, Jester, Mystic Poet: Contemporary Persians” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (2017), which traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017). Most recently, his work has been the subject of the two-person exhibition “Micro-Macro: Andrew Sendor and Ali Banisadr” at MOCA Jacksonville (2019). “Ali Banisdar: Foreign Lands,” a solo exhibition of his work, is currently on view at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands until 25 August 2019. Among public collections owning his work are the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The British Museum; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. Banisadr has had solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater in 2014 and 2017.

 

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Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Paper Tiger, 2013
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches (40,6 x 40,6 cm)
SW 13137
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
It's In The Air, 2012
oil on linen
82 x 120 inches (208,3 x 304,8 cm)
Collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Burn It Down, 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 36 inches (76,2 x 91,4 cm)
SW 12369
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Hypocrisy of Democracy, 2012
oil on linen
30 x 36 inches (76,2 x 91,4 cm)
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Selection, 2011
oil on linen
66 x 88 inches (167,6 x 223,5 cm)
Collection of Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Interrogation, 2010
oil on linen
48 x 60 inches (121,9 x 152,4 cm)
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Contact, 2013
oil on linen
82 x 120 x 2 inches (208,3 x 304,8 x 5 cm)
Collection of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

 

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
The Golden Ticket, 2015
oil on linen
48 x 60 inches (122 x 152,5 cm)
SW 15138
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Before the Name, 2015
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches (40,5 x 40,5 cm)
SW 15409
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Treasure, 2016
oil on linen
66 x 88 inches (167,5 x 223,5 cm) 67 x 89 x 3 inches (170 x 226 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 16076
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Myth, 2016
oil on linen
66 x 88 inches (167,5 x 223,5 cm)
67 x 89 x 3 inches (170 x 226 x 7,5 cm) frame
SW 16085
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
The Rise of the Blond, 2016
oil on linen
66 x 88 inches (167,5 x 223,5 cm)
67 x 89 x 4 inches (170 x 226 x 10 cm) frame
SW 16205
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Mosaic People, 2017
oil on linen
66 x 88 inches (167,5 x 223,5 cm)
67 x 89 x 4 inches (170 x 226 x 10 cm) frame
SW 17036
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Trust in the Future, 2017
oil on linen
82 x 120 inches (208 x 305 cm)
83 1/2 x 121 3/4 (212,4 x 309,4 cm) frame
SW 17074
Private Collection, on long term loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Beyond The Sea 1, 2017
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches (40,6 x 40,6 cm)
17 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches (43,5 x 43,5 cm) frame
SW 17120
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Beyond The Sea 2, 2017
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches (40,6 x 40,6 cm)
17 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches (43,5 x 43,5 cm) frame
SW 17121
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Beyond The Sea 3, 2017
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches (40,6 x 40,6 cm)
17 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches (43,5 x 43,5 cm) frame
SW 17122
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
We work in shadows, 2017
oil on linen
82 x 120 inches (208 x 305 cm)
83 1/2 x 121 3/4 (212,4 x 309,4 cm) frame
SW 17125
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Initiation, 2017
oil on linen
48 x 60 inches (121,9 x 152,4 cm)
49 x 61 inches (124,5 x 154,9 cm) frame
SW 17236
Private Collection

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr
Fact/Fiction, 2018
oil on linen
24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)
25 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches (64,1 x 64,1 cm) frame
SW 18137

Artist press

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In Conversation: Ali Banisadr with Phong Bui
by Phong Bui
3 October 2018
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Ali Banisadr in Conversation with Porochista Khakpour
by Katy Donoghue
Summer 2014
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Brueghel Meets Mughal: Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater
By David Cohen
14 April 2014
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Ali Banisadr: Motherboard
By William Corwin
2 April 2014
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Ali Banisadr Interview
By Noah Becker
24 March 2014
The Wall Street Journal logo
Painter Ali Banisadr's Sound Inspiration
By Meghan Dailey
6 March 2014
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How Ali Banisadr Holds Memory
By Emily McDermott
28 February 2014
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