Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr

Born 1976 Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in New York, USA

Ali Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1976 and moved to California with his family when he was a child. 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.“


Solo exhibitions:

  • 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, USA
  • 2010. Evidence - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (works on paper), France
  • 2010. Paintings - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
  • 2008. Paintings- Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, USA


Group exhibitions

  • 2013. Safar/Voyage, Museum of Anthropology at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Curated by Fereshteh Daftari)
  • 2012. Contemporary Iranian Art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • 2012. Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA (Curated by Livia Straus & Lilly Wei)
  • 2012. The Sound of Painting, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy (Curated by Margherita Artoni)
  • 2012. Lucie Fontaine : Estate Vernissage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2012. Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (Curated by Jane Neal)
  • 2011. XXSmall, Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art at Haags Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2011. East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2011. 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
  • 2010. Contemporary Notes, Assar Gallery, Tehran, Iran (Curated by Janes Neal)
  • 2010. Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr, and Nick Goss) - Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • 2009. Epic Painting, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA
  • 2009. Raad O Bargh- Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2009. Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2009. Raad O Bargh – 17 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
  • 2008. Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, USA
  • 2008. Small is Beautiful (2), Flowers Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2008. Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition (Ali Banisadr, David Pettibon, MaryRaap), New York Academy of Art, USA
  • 2007. Utopia Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, USA
  • 2007. Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2007. Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA
  • 2007. Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA
  • 2007. CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2006. Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York, USA
  • 2006. Summer Painters, Chateau de Balleroy, France
  • 2005. In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, USA


Bibliography:

  • 2012. Nicola Trezzi, Ali Banisadr, Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)
  • 2012. Rebecca Ann Proctor, “Historical Relayerings”, Canvas (May 2012)
  • 2012. Pamela A Lewis, A defiant Beauty: Contemporary Iranian Art from the permanent collection at the Met”, Galo Magazine (March 2012)
  • 2012. Jonathan Beer, “Conversation with the Unnamed: Ali Banisadr”, Art-Rated (January 2012)
  • 2012. Cover of Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)
  • 2012. Nicola Trezzi, “Ali Banisadr”, Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)
  • 2012. Jane Neal, “What Lies Beneath”, Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)
  • 2012. Shirine Saad, “Impulse to Paint”, Aishti Magazine (April/May 2012)
  • 2011. “Top 100 Artists” (Ranked #1), Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)
  • 2011. Margherita Artoni, “Visions”, Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)
  • 2011. Marco Tagliafierro, “East Ex East”, Artforum (October 2011)
  • 2011. Damiano Gulli, “East Ex East”, Flash Art Magazine, Italy (October 2011)
  • 2011. Christopher French, “Ali Banisadr”, ARTnews (September 2011)
  • 2011. Media Farzin, “Profile: Clamour and Colour Ali Banisadr”, Canvas Magazine (September 2011)
  • 2011. Amanda Church, “Ali Banisadr”, Art in America (June 29, 2011)
  • 2011. Vaziri, Katayoun. "Interview: Ali Banisadr : It Happened and It Never Did", BBC Persia (TV), Tamasha, (May, 5. 2011)
  • 2011. Olivia Sand, “Profile: Ali Banisadr”, Asian Art Newspaper (February 2011)
  • 2011. Augustin Besnier, “Ali Banisadr Evidence”, Paris Art, (January 2011)
  • 2010. Valerie de Maulmin., “Les arcanes poetiques d’ Ali Banisadr”, Connaissance des Arts, Paris (November, 2010)
  • 2010. "Prima candelina coi fantasmi: una mostra astratta e figurativa" il Giornale, Italy (September, 15, 2010)
  • 2010. Chiara Badinella e Fabrizio Affronti, “Ali Banisadr: Un caos controllato in procinto di andare a pezzi” , Flash Art Magazine, Italy 286 (August/September 2010)
  • 2010. Vahid Sharifian, “Interview with Ali Banisadr”, Tandis Magazine, Tehran (May, 2010)
  • 2010. Alexandra Cheney, “All’s Fare in Art”, Wall Street Journal, (May, 9, 2010)
  • 2010. Chiara Badinella e Fabrizio Affronti, “Grandi Masteri, Fonte Perenne”, La Casana, (March, 2010) Italy
  • 2010. Genie Godula, “Ali Banisadr”, France 24 (Video), (February, 12, 2010)
  • 2010. Sophie De Santis, “Ali Banisadr”, Le Figaro, (February, 23,2010)
  • 2010. Catherine Rigollet, “Ali Banisadr”, L’agora Des Arts, (March, 2010)
  • 2010. Nicolas Villodre, “Ali Banisadr”, Paris Art, (March, 2010)
  • 2009. Tom Jeffreys, "Unveiled New Art From The Middle East," Spoonfed, (January, 29, 2009)
  • 2009. Santevecchi Guido, "Arte Shock Per I' Islam Senza Veli," Corriere Della Sera, (January, 31, 2009)
  • 2009. Neal Brown, "Middle Eastern Promise," The First Post, (February,2, 2009)
  • 2009. Philippe Dagen, "Le Moyen-Orient détrône la Chine chez Saatchi, collectionneur avisé," Le Monde, (February, 6, 2009)
  • 2009. “Thunder and Lightning”, Wall Paper (February, 20, 2009)
  • 2009. Alireza Amirhajibi, "Iranian Raad O Bargh in Paris and London," Etemad Melli, (February 2009)
  • 2009. Eric Van Tuijn, “The Middle East Unveiled”, MetropolisM (March 2009)
  • 2009. Philippe Dagen, “Raad O Bargh”, Le Monde (March, 8, 2009)
  • 2009. Fiona Gruber, “New Middle Eastern Art”, ABC Radio National, (March, 15, 2009)
  • 2009. Emily Verla Bovino, “Raad O Bargh”, Frieze Magazine, (April, 2009)
  • 2009. Morad Montazami, Review, ArtPress, (May 2009)
  • 2009. “Donner Und Blitz Aus Dem Iran”, Der Standard, Austria (July, 29, 2009)
  • 2009. Robert Ayers, Modern Painters, (November, 2009)
  • 2008. Karen Rosenberg, "Ali Banisadr," The New York Times, (7 November 2008)
  • 2008. Greg Lindquist, “Ali Banisadr,” The Brooklyn Rail, (December 2008 – January 2009)
  • 2008. Halasz, Piri. "Detour Through Chelsea," (An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's Doorstep, No. 81:1 December, 2008
  • 2008. James Wagner, “Ali Banisadr at Leslie Tonkonow”, Jameswagner.com (December, 2008)


Public and private collections:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • British Museum
  • Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Essl Collection, Austria
  • Wurth Collection, Germany
  • Francois Pinault Foundation
  • Olbricht Collection, Germany