Taravat Talepasand

Taravat Talepasand

Born in 1979, Eugene, OR

“I am the Corrupt Minority.”
Taravat Talepasand, born in 1979 in the United States, retained close family and artistic ties to Iran, Esfehan, where she was trained in the challenging discipline of Persian miniature painting. Paying close attention to the cultural taboos identified by distinctly different social groups, particularly those of gender, race and socioeconomic position, her work reflects the cross-pollination, or lack thereof, in our “modern” society. Talepasand's works on paper and egg tempera paintings draw on realism to bring a focus on an acceptable beauty and its relationship with art history under the guise of traditional Persian painting. Her interest, however, is in painting a present which is of and intrinsically linked to the past, making it easily understood by the Iranian and inductive of assumption for the Westerner. “ Since I myself am considered a taboo in that I am a conglomerate of equal, yet irreconcilable cultural forces, my work challenges plebeian notions of acceptable behavior,” says the artist.

Taravat has exhibited in solo and group shows in United States and Europe, including the 2010 California Biennial, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, Galerie Une, Switzerland, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA; Charlie James, Los Angeles, LA; di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA; and the 2003 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Taravat is the recipient of the 2010 Diebenkorn Fellowship, Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant, Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Awardee, Murphy Cadogan Scholarship recipient. Talepasand’s work is also in the permanent collection of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Orange County Museum of Art. Her work has been written about and reproduced in Art in America, Art Papers. Artweek, Alarm, Artltd., The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Planet Magazine, SOMA Magazine, San Francisco, THE Mag LA, stretcher.org, Lifescapes, The Oregonian, and New American Paintings. She is a featured artist in Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi. Talepasand received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and MFA and the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006.


Education:

  • 2006. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA MFA, Painting
  • 2001. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI BFA, Illustration
  • 2000. Athens School of Fine Art, Athens, Greece Painting, Printmaking


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2012. Pathétique, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2011. The Corrupt Minority, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2010. Taravat Talepasand: Drawings, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2009. Situation Critical, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA “Hampah: Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand,” Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2008. To the Martyrs! Plane Space, New York, NY, USA
  • 2007. Seeya and Sefeed, Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 2006. Taravat Talepasand, Vernissage, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002. New Works, From Greece, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR Selected Group Exhibitions:
  • 2012. Tessellation Make Up, CDA Projects/ Galerie Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey
  • “Belles Comme Le Jour,” Galerie Une, Zurich, Switzerland
  • “FAX,” San Francisco Arts Commision Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011. Sea Change II: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011. Sea Change I: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011. Fabrications, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
  • 2011. I am who I am: The Portrait Reconsidered, Steven Zevitas, Boston, MA
  • 2010. 2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
  • 2010. IRAN Home (In America), Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
  • 2010. Tehran - New York, Leila Taghinia-Milano Heller (LTMH) Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2010. Chahar Ghesmat: Iranian Women Create, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT (curated by Afarin Rahmanifar and Elizabeth Peterson)
  • 2009. I Want You To Want Me, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009. Bad Moon Rising 4, galerie sans titre, Brussels, Belgium (curated by
  • Jan Van Woensel)
  • 2009. Femme on Femme, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA (curated by
  • Cari Marshall)
  • 2008. Sexy Time: A Group Effort, Morgan Lehman, New York, NY
  • 2008. East of the West, SomArts, San Francisco, CA (curated by Taraneh Hemami & Anuradha Vikram)
  • 2007. The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007. Three on the Tree, Plane Space, New York, NY
  • 2007. Selections from New American Paintings: The MFA Annual, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2007. GRAPHIC: New Bay Area Drawing, di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA
  • 2006. Cream from the Top, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA
  • 2005. Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004. Murphy Cadogan Award, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004. Obsessive Patterns, Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2004. Ephemeral, Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2003. 2003 Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • 2001. New Paintings, Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR
  • 2000. Illustrations, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Honors and Awards:

  • 2011. Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
  • 2010. Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Murphy Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute
  • 2006. Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Award
  • 2005-06. New American Paintings: MFA Annual Competition
  • 2005. Murphy Cadogan Scholarship
  • 2004-05. San Francisco Art Institute, Merit Scholarship
  • 2000. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • 1999-01. Rhode Island School of Design Merit Scholarship
  • 1999. Guilford Handcraft


Selected Collections:

  • Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
  • Film and Documentary: Pearls on the Ocean Floor by Robert Adanto
  • Voices of America, Persian News Network interview by Monaliza Noormohammadi


Selected Bibliography:

  • 2011. Sarrah Zadeh, "Taravat Talepasand," Zan Magazine, NOV/DEC, Issue No. 1, p.61-63
  • 2011. Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Ten Years, Part Deux," SF Weekly (Night & Day section), July 13, p. 17
  • 2011. Cate McQuaid, "Remaking History by Themselves," Boston Globe, May 11
  • 2011. Gabrielle Selz, "The Outsider Insider: New Work by Taravat Talepasand," Huffington Post Arts, May 25
  • 2011. Rebecca Goldschmidt, “Big Things Ahead: Taravat,” May 5
  • 2011. Sanaz Khalaj-Santos, “The Corrupt Minority,” July, www.persianesque.com
  • 2011. "Exhibition Spotlight: Fabrications at Marx & Zavattero," The Huffington Post, February 4
  • 2011. Wood, Sura, “Coming soon to an art gallery near you,” Bay Area Reporter, January 13, p. 23
  • 2011. Bowers, Keith, “The Horror, The Humor,” SF Weekly January 5, p. 18
  • 2010. Deutsche Bank Art Works, “Art as Lifesaver 2010 California Biennial,” November, www.db-artmag.com
  • 2010. Rabe, John, “Taravat Talepasand’s Revolution,” November 89.3 KPCC, Southern California
  • 2010. Chang, Richard, “O.C. Museum of Art Unveils it’s New Biennial,” November,
  • www.ocregister.com
  • 2010. Moeini, Noushin, “Pearls on the Ocean Floor,” Javanan Magazine, June,
  • Issue No. 1207, p. 34
  • 2010. Moeini, Noushin, “Taravat Talepasand’s images: Crossing Cultures in search of identity,” Javanan International Weekly Magazine, April, p. 36
  • 2010. Razo, Jennifer, “Exquisite Corpse with Taravat Talepasand,” Beautiful/Decay, June 15,
  • 2010. Kluth, Mary Anne, “Situation Critical,” artpractical.com February, The Painting Issue #8
  • 2010. Eisenhart, Mary, “Don’t Miss: Situation Critical,” San Francisco Chronicle (96 Hours section), January 7, p. 13
  • 2010. Sanaz Khalaj-Santos, "Pushing Boundaries," www.persianesque.com
  • 2009. Huston, Johnny Ray, “Weekly Picks,” San Francisco Bay Guardian,
  • December 16, p. 16-17
  • 2009. Granade, Rives, “Talepasand’s ‘Situation Critical,’” examiner.com, January
  • 2009. Melendez, Franklin, “Behind the veil,” San Francisco Magazine, December, p. 37, 40
  • 2009. Harouni, Shadi, “Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand: Hampah,” The Mag LA, June, p. 38
  • 2009. Selz, Gabrielle, “Taravat Talepasand: In Her Own Image,” Art Papers,
  • March/April, p. 22-25
  • 2009. Amirsadeghi, Hossein (Editor), Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Trans Globe Publishing Limited, London, U.K.
  • 2008. Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; Number 79, Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009, p. 152-155
  • 2008. Turner, Cherie Louise, “Young at Art: 15 Artists Under 35,” art ltd., May, p. 59
  • 2008. Junker, Howard (Editor), “That Fateful, Faithful Cup of Wine” (reproduction), ZYZZYVA, Spring, Vol. XXIV No. 1, p. 54
  • 2008. Goodin, Analisa, “Taravat Talepasand,” Alarm, Winter, p. 76-79
  • 2007. Van Proyen, Mark, “Taravat Talepasand at Heather Marx,” Art in America,
  • December, p. 169
  • 2007. Che, Julia, “Taravat Talepasand: You Liberal Iranian,” Metro.Pop, Issue 32, p. 57
  • 2007. Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings: Special Edition, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; Number 70, July, p. 188 & back cover
  • 2007. Weiss, Nina, “Golden Girl: Taravat Talepasand Shines on the Outside,” 7x7 Magazine, May, p. 71
  • 2007. Ross, Michael, “Taravat Talepasand @ Heather Marx Gallery,” whitehotmagazine.com, May, WM Issue #3
  • 2007. Nataraj, Nirmala, “Iran So Far Away,” SF Weekly (Night & Day section), May 2, p. 23
  • 2007. Melendez, Franklin, “Taravat Talepasand: The Golden Road,” Planet, Spring Issue 15, p. 017
  • 2006. Binshtock, Avital, “Art School Confidential,” Lifescapes, November, p. 64
  • 2006. Turner, Cherie Louise, “‘Cream’ at Arts Benicia,” Artweek, October, p. 25
  • 2006. Meeker, Cheryl, “SFAI MFA Graduation Exhibition,” stretcher.org, West Coast, May 27
  • 2006. Van Proyen, Mark, Catalogue Essay, MFA Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005. Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; New American Paintings, MFA Annual Catalogue
  • 2003. Oregon Biennial Catalogue, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • 2003. Speer, Richard, “Bi-Furious,” Willamette Week, July 2
  • 2003. “A Question of Commitment,” The Oregonian, June 29
  • 2003. “Oregon Biennial Sticks to Traditional Fields, Omits Web-based Work,” The Oregonian, March 12
  • 2002. New American Painters, Pacific Coast Edition No. 43