Hadi Tabatabai




Hadi Tabatabai

Born in 1964, Mashad, Iran
Lives and works in USA

Hadi Tabatabai was born in Mashhad, Iran, in 1964. He immigrated to the United States in 1977 with his family, settling in California. Tabatabai received a BS in industrial technology from California State University Fresno in 1985 and a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995.

Tabatabai's work has been shown in London, Turin, Bonn, and widely in the United States. He has had solo exhibitions at the Anthony Grant Gallery in New York, Brian Gross Fine Art and Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, and Inde/Jacobs in Marfa, Texas.

His works are included in the collections of The Achenbach Foundation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Delaware Art Museum, The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, Hawaii), the Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, Maine), The Lannan Foundation, The Progressive Corporation Art Collection, and the Werner H. Kramarsky Collection.


2011. Portals | Papier/ Paper
2010. Silence and Abundance
2006. Daruni
2001. Lachrymae
1998-1997. Works on Paper

Solo exhibitions:

2011. Portals. San Francisco: Brian Gross Fine Art. USA.
2010. Tabatabai, Schiff, Bell. New York: Danese Gallery USA.
2010. Silence and Abundance. Marfa: Inde/Jacobs. USA.
2009. The Space of a Line. San Francisco: Brian Gross Fine Art. USA.
2006. Daruni. San Francisco: Stephen Wirtz Gallery. USA.
2005. Interior Spaces. New York: Anthony Grant Gallery. USA.
2004. New Works. San Francisco: James Nicholson Gallery. USA.
2000. Introductions. San Francisco: Stephen Wirtz Gallery. USA.

Group exhibitions:

2011. Drift of Summer. Auckland: RM Gallery. New Zealand.
2011. Papier/paper. Bonn: Kunstgaleriebonn. Germany.
2011. Different Abstractions. London: Green Cardamon. UK
2011. Drawn / Taped / Burned: Abstraction on Paper. New York: Katonah Museum of Art. USA. Curated by Ellen Keiter
2010. Touch + Paris. Paris: ParisCONCRET. France.
2010. IRAN diVERSO: Black or White?. Verso Artecontemporanea. Turin. Italy.
2010. By A Thread. San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. San Jose. USA.
2010. Accrochage 1. Gorizia: Gallery Dora Bass Italy.
2009. Works on Paper. New York: Danese. USA.
2009. Metaphysical Abstraction: Contemporary Approaches to Spiritual Content.  Berkeley: Berkeley Art Center. USA.
2009. Mashq: Repetition Meditation Mediation. London: Green Cardamom. UK.
2009. Yield. Saint Louis: Schmidt Contemporary Art. USA.
2009. Art Dubai. Dubai: Green Cardamom. UAE.
2008. Banned and Recovered. San Francisco: San Francisco Center for the Book. USA.
2008. East of the West. San Francisco: SOMARTS. USA.
2008. Out of the Fog / Artists from Headlands. San Rafael: Art Works Downtown. USA.
2006. Gridlock. Philadelphia: Gallery Joe. USA.
2005 - 2006. Series. Philadelphia: Gallery Joe. USA.
2005 - 2006. Drawings & Works on Paper II, Selected Artists from the US
London: Patrick Heide Art Projects. UK.
2005. Repeat Performance. New York: Anthony Grant Gallery. USA.
2004. Woodwork. New York: Anthony Grant Gallery. USA.
2001. Current Holdings: Bay Area Drawing / Bay Area Collections. Palo Alto: Palo Alto Art Center. USA.
2001. Group Show. Los Angeles: Kiyo Higashi Gallery. USA.
2000. Group Show. San Francisco: Triangle Gallery. USA.

Awards and Honors:

2011. SECA Award Nominee. SFMOMA. San Francisco. USA.
2010. Artist in Residence. Headlands Center for the Arts. Sausalito. USA.
2008. Grant Recipient. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. East Hampton. New York. USA.
2007. Artist in Residence. Kala Art Institute. Berkeley. USA.
2006-2007.Affiliate Artist. Headlands Center for the Arts. Sausalito. USA.
2005. ASIA Alive Artist in Residence. Asian Art Museum. San Francisco. USA.
2004. SECA Award Finalist. SFMOMA. San Francisco. USA.
2001. In/site Award Nominee. SFMOMA. San Francisco. USA.