Born 1976 Tehran, Iran Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Education

MFA, New York Academy of Art (2007)
BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York (2005)

Solo Exhibitions

2017
"Trust in the Future", Sperone Westwater, New York, NY

2016
Frieze New York, Presented by Sperone Westwater

2015
"In Medias Res", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
"At Once", BlainSouthern, London, UK

2014
"Motherboard", Sperone Westwater, New York, NY

 

2012
"We Haven't Landed on Earth Yet", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2011 
"It Happened and It Never Did", Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NY

2010 
"Evidence" Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (works on paper)
"Paintings" Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008 
​Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Group Exhibitions

2017
"Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians", The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians", Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada

2016
"Iranian voices: recent acquisitions of works on paper" The British Museum, London, UK
"My Abstract World", Me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany
"A Question of Perspective", Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland 

2015
"Charity for the Refugees", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg

2014
"Eurasia. A view on Painting", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France
"Between Worlds", Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India (Curated by Jane Neal)
"Love Me, Love Me Not", Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan 

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, CA
Safar/Voyage, Museum of Anthropology(MOA) at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Curated by Fereshteh Daftari)
Frauen Liebe und Leben (The Klöcker collection) at the Lehmbruck Museum , Duisburg, Germany
Disaster: The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France
Tectonic , The Moving Museum, Gate Village DIFC, Dubai
Dynasty, Hotel Particulier, New York, NY (Curated by Omar-Lopez Chahoud)

2012
"Contemporary Iranian art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (March-September)
Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY (Curated by Livia Straus & Lilly Wei)
The Sound of Painting , Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy (Curated by Margherita Artoni)
Lucie Fontaine: Estate Vernissage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Hue and Cry, Sotheby’s (S2 Gallery) New York, NY; (Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld)
Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (curated by Jane Neal)

2011
XXSmall, Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Netherlands
East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (Curated by Jane Neal)
Visions, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy

2010
Hareng Saur : Ensor and Contemporary Art, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK), Ghent, Belgium
Contemporary Notes, Assar Gallery, Tehran, Iran (Curated by Vahid Sharifian)
Ghosts, Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy

2009
Epic Painting, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA
Raad O Bargh- Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Raad O Bargh – 17 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008
Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Utopia Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Small is Beautiful (2), Flowers Gallery, New York
Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition, New York Academy of Art

2007
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York
Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York
CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York

2006
Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York
Summer Painters, Chateau de Balleroy, France

2005
In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York

Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
The British Museum, London, UK
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Miniature Museum, The Hague, NL

The Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Francois Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Sammlung Essl ,Klosterneuburg, Austria
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
The Wurth Collection , Künzelsau, Germany
Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

 

 

Publications

2017
Sussan Babaie, Natasha Morris, Venetia Porter, "Honar The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art", Phaidon, 280 pages (May 2017)
Fereshteh Daftari, "Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians", Aga Khan Museum, Black Dog Publishing (February 2017)

2016
Thomas Olbricht, Sarah Sonderkamp, Max Dax, "My Abstract World" 120 pages (September 2016)

2015
Philippe Dagen, "Ali Banisadr: In Medias Res", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 64 pages, (December 2015)
Charlotte Mullins, "Picturing People: The New State of the Art", Thames & Hudson, 192 pages (October 2015)
“Global Perspective on Visual Vocabulary”, PRŌTOCOLLUM, 352 pages (October 2015)
​Robert Hobbs, "Ali Banisadr : Assaying the in-Between", One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, BlainSouthern (February2015) 
Boris Groys, "In Conversation with Ali Banisadr" One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, BlainSouthern (February 2015)
Robert Hobbs, Boris Groys, One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, BlainSouthern, 244 pages (February 2015)

2014 
Norman Rosenthal, “Eurasia: A View on Painting”, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 84 pages (November 2014)
Donald Kuspit, Irving Sandler, Margaret McCann, Bob Colacello, "The Figure" , Skira Rizzoli 240 Pages (September 2014)
Jeffrey Deitch ,“Sound of Painting”, Sperone Westwater, 48 pages (March 2014)
Michael Peppiatt ,"Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art”, Gatehouse Publishing, 240 pages (January 2014)

2013
Nicola Trezzi, "Ali Banisadr": Tectonic, 405 Pages (April 2013)
Giancarlo Politi, Helena Kontova, Nicola Trezzi, "Expanded Painting": Prague Biennale 6, 205 Pages (June 2013)
Nicholas Cullinan, Negar Azimi, Dina Nasser-Khadivi, Nada Raza, "Love me Love me Not": Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale Catalogue, 164 pages (June 2013)
Fereshteh Daftari, Jill Baird, "Safar/Voyage", Published by UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 121 pages (April 2013)
Philippe Dagen, Raimund Stecker, Denise Wendel-poray, "Frauen Liebe Und Leben", Lehmbruck Museum, Hatje Cantz, 288 Pages (April 2013)
Michael Bracewell, "Disaster: The End of Days”, Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (March 2013)

 

 

 

2012
Margherita Artoni, The Sound of Painting, Published by Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, 75 pages (November 2012)
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, "Hue + Cry”, Published by Sotheby's S2, New York (October 2012) 
Maryam Ekhtiar, Greg Lindquist, “We Haven’t Landed on Earth Yet”, Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, D.A.P. (June 2012) 
Jane Neal, “Referencing History”, Published by Green Art Gallery, Dubai (May 2012)

2011
Nicola Trezzi, "Visions", Published by Monica De Cardenas, Milan, 55 pages : Ali Banisadr, Jules De Balincourt, Tomory Dodge, Barnaby Furnas, Ryan Mosley (September 2011)
Jane Neal, "East ex East", Published by Brand New Gallery, Milan, 104 pages (June 2011)
Hareng Saur : Ensor and Contemporary Art, distributed by Ludion, S.M.A.K. and MSK Ghent, 2010, 240 pages                                                                                                                      (Texts by Pierre Alechinsky, Ali Banisadr , Susan Canning, Robert Hoozee, Timothy Hyman, Yang Jiechang, Bart Koubaa, Thomas Kowalski, Enrique Marty, Emilio López-Menchero, Raymond Pettibon, Elly Strik, Koen Theys and Philippe Van Cauteren)

2010
Fereshteh Daftari, "Ali Banisadr", Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2010, 52 pages

2009
Epic Painting, Bucknell University/Samek Art Gallery, 2009 (Essay by Dan Mills)
Different Sames: New Perspectives on Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Hossain Amirsadeghi (London: TransGlobe Publishing Ltd., 2009)
Raad O Bargh, Text by Vali Mahlouji (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2009) 20-23.
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (London: The Saatchi Gallery, London, 2009), 33–36.

2008
Ali Banisadr: Paintings (New York: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 2008)

 

Press

2017
Ali Khadra, "Ali Banisadr Interview (Cover)", Canvas Magazine (March/April 2017)
Marina Nemat, "Pop goes Iran", The Globe and Mail (February 4, 2017)
2016 
Olivia Sand, "Profile: Ali Banisadr", Asian Art Newspaper (October)
Anna Pataczek"Sessel, Sofa, Stehlampe", Der Tagesspiegel, (september 13)
"In conversation Ali Banisadr and Marius Bercea", Turps Banana, Issue #16
Natalie P, "The Beauty of Fragments-Ali Banisadr in an Interview", Widewalls.ch (June)
Bloomberg Brilliant Ideas, "Chaotic Sound on the Canvas" Article, (May)
Simon Broughton, "Magica sinfonia", Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, Spain (May issue) 
Bloomberg Documentary Brilliant Ideas: Ali Banisadr (March 21)
Rajesh Punj, "An Unspeakable Act: An Interview with Ali Banisadr", Art & Deal (March Issue)
Rajesh Punj, “ An Unspeakable Act ”, Artdependence Magazine Antwerp (March Issue) 
“Ali Banisadr on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi” The Artist Project, The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (March)
Robert Barry, Review, Frieze Magazine (March Issue)
Catherine Millet, “Ali Banisadr Review”, Art Press (March Issue)
Jeanne Prisser, Review, de Volkskrant (February 5) 
Shahla Rostami, "Rahe Abrisham", RFI Radio, France (January 22)
Emmanuel Dayde, "Dans la Compagnie des loups de Bosch" Art Absoluments (January)
2015
Olivier Cena, "La Chronique D'Olivier Cena", Télérama Magazine (December)
Sophie de Santis, "Ali Banisadr, Le Chaos Createur", Le Figaro Scope (December 9)
"Explodierende Bilder" Der Spiegel (November)
Anna Wallace-Thompson, “Studio Visit”, Canvas Magazine (November/December issue)
Mohamed Afkhami, Harper's Bazaar Art (September/October issue)
Mark Westall, "Heightened Senses", City Magazine, UK, (April)
Mo Abdi, "Review", BBC Persia (March 26, 2015)
"Get to know: Ali Banisadr", Art & Culture, Hunger TV (March 17)
Nickie Paxman, "Interview with Ali Banisadr", BBC World Service (March 11, 2015)
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, "What's on Critics' Choice", – Ali Banisadr: At Once’, The Saturday Review, The Times Weekend, (February 14, 2015)
Ali Banisadr in conversation with Charlotte Mullins at The Arts Club, London, UK (February, 12, 2015)
Alex Dymoke, "Audio Visual: Iranian-American artist Ali Banisadr comes to the UK”, City A.M. (February 5, 2015)

2014
G.Roger Denson, "Personifying Iran in an Art of Dissent, Defiance, and Desire", The Huffington Post (October, 2014)
Deepali Nandwani, " The Balancing Act", Eat Stay Love (August 2014)
Zeenia F Baria, "International artists showcase works in Mumbai", The Times of India (July 2014)
Layne Goldman and Stefanie Waldek, "7 Contemporary works inspired by Bosch’s garden of earthly delights", ArtNews (July 3,2014)
Ruchika Kher, "A world canvas" Mid-Day Newspaper (July 2014)
"Painting :Ali Banisadr", Elle India (June 2014)
Lilly Wei, "Ali Banisadr: Interview", Studio International (June 2014)
Varsha Reshamwala, "State of Flux", Time Out Mumbai (June 2014)
Randy Kennedy, "Art School Creates a New Reality", The New York Times (May,21, 2014)
Katy Donoghue, "Ali Banisadr in conversation with Porochista Khakpour", WhiteWall Magazine (May 2014)
David Cohen, "Brueghel meets Mughal: Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater", ArtCritical (April 2014)
William Corwin, "Ali Banisadr Motherboard", The Brooklyn Rail (April 2014)
Lucian Harris, "In The Garden of Earthly Delights" Harper's Bazaar Art (Cover) (March/April 2014)
Noah Becker, "Ali Banisadr Interview", Whitehott Magazine (March 2014)
Meghan Dailey, " Painter Ali Banisadr's Sound Inspiration", The Wall Street Journal (March 2014)
Norm Havecroft, "Meet a NYFA Artist: Ali Banisadr", NYFA (March 2014)
Emily Mcdermott, " How Ali Banisadr Holds Memory", Interview Magazine (March 2014)
Danielle Murat, "Ali Banisadr's Motherboard at Sperone Westwater", M Daily (March 2014)

2012
Cover of Flash Art International Magazine (July/August/September 2012)
G. Roger Denson, "Going Forward in Reverse : The Present Tense(ion) of History Painting", The Huffington Post (September, 7, 2012)
Julie Chae, "Conversation with Ali Banisadr", The Huffington Post (September, 4, 2012)
Julie Chae, "Conversation with artist Ali Banisadr", Arts in a Changing America (September, 2, 2012)
Will Corwin, "Ali Banisadr, Tehran to New York", Art on Air International Radio (August, 20, 2012)
Nicola Trezzi, “Ali Banisadr”, Flash Art International Magazine (July/August/September 2012)
Jane Neal, “What Lies Beneath”, Flash Art International Magazine (July/August/September 2012)
Greg Lindquist, "Voyager into the Unknown" (Catalog) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (June 2012)
Maryam Ekhtiar, We Haven't Landed on Earth Yet" (Catalog) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (June 2012)
Shirine Saad, "Impulse to Paint", Aishti Magazine (April/May 2012)
Rebecca Anne Proctor, "Historical Relayerings", Canvas Guide (May 2012)
Jyoti Kalsi, "Lessons from the Past", Gulf News (May, 25, 2012)
Pamela A Lewis," A Defiant Beauty: Contemporary Iranian Art from the Permanent Collection at the Met", Galo Magazine (March 2012)
Jonathan Beer, “Conversation with the Unnamed: Ali Banisadr”, Art-Rated (January 2012)

2011
"Top 100 Artists" (Ranked #1) , Flash Art International Magazine (November/December 2011)
Margherita Artoni, "Visions", Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)
Marco Tagliafierro, "East ex East", Artforum (October, 2011)
Barbara Casavecchia, "East ex East", Art Review (September, 2011)
Damiano Gulli, "East Ex East", Flash Art Magazine, Italy (October 2011)
Christopher French, "Ali Banisadr", ARTnews (September 2011)
Media Farzin, "Profile: Clamour and Colour Ali Banisadr", Canvas Magazine (September 2011)
Amanda Church, "Ali Banisadr", Art in America, (June 29, 2011)
Vaziri, Katayoun. "Interview: Ali Banisadr : It Happened and It Never Did", BBC Persia (TV), Tamasha, (May 5. 2011)
Olivia Sand, "Profile: Ali Banisadr", Asian Art Newspaper (February 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)
Fereshteh Daftari, "Voices of Evil: A common world order", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Publication (2010)
"Prima candelina coi fantasmi: una mostra astratta e figurativa" il Giornale, Italy (September 15, 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) issue
Vahid Sharifian, "Interview with Ali Banisadr", Tandis Magazine, Tehran (May, 2010)
Alexandra Cheney, "All's Fare in Art", Wall Street Journal, (May 9, 2010)
Chiara Badinella e Fabrizio Affronti, "Grandi Masteri, Fonte Perenne", La Casana, (March, 2010) Italy
Genie Godula, "Ali Banisadr", France 24 (Video), (February 12, 2010)
Sophie De Santis, "Ali Banisadr", Le Figaro, (February 23, 2010)
Catherine Rigollet, "Ali Banisadr", L'agora Des Arts, (March 2010)
Nicolas Villodre, "Ali Banisadr", Paris Art, (March 2010)

2009
Tom Jeffreys, "Unveiled New Art From The Middle East," Spoonfed, (January 29, 2009)
Santevecchi Guido, "Arte Shock Per I' Islam Senza Veli," Corriere Della Sera, (January, 31, 2009)
Neal Brown, "Middle Eastern Promise," The First Post, (February 2, 2009)
Philippe Dagen, "Le Moyen-Orient détrône la Chine chez Saatchi, collectionneur avisé," Le Monde, (February 6, 2009)
"Thunder and Lightning", WallPaper (February 20, 2009)
Alireza Amirhajibi, "Iranian Raad O Bargh in Paris and London," Etemad Melli, (February 2009)
Eric Van Tuijn, "The Middle East Unveiled", MetropolisM (March 2009)
Philippe Dagen, "Raad O Bargh", Le Monde (March 8, 2009)
Fiona Gruber, "New Middle Eastern Art", ABC Radio National, (March 15, 2009)
Emily Verla Bovino, "Raad O Bargh", Frieze Magazine, (April 2009)
Morad Montazami, Review, ArtPress, (May 2009)
"Donner Und Blitz Aus Dem Iran", Der Standard, Austria (July 29, 2009)
Robert Ayers, Modern Painters, (November, 2009)

2008
Karen Rosenberg, "Ali Banisadr," The New York Times, (7 November 2008)
Greg Lindquist, "Ali Banisadr," The Brooklyn Rail, (December 2008 – January 2009)
Halasz, Piri. "Detour Through Chelsea," (An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's Doorstep, No. 81:1 December, 2008
James Wagner, "Ali Banisadr at Leslie Tonkonow", Jameswagner.com (December, 2008)

Awards

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (2010)
Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York (2007–08)
Travel Grant to Normandy, France at the Chateaux Balleroy (2006)
Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation (2006)

Visiting Artist/Talks

2015
Ali Banisadr in conversation with Charlotte Mullins , The Arts Club, London, UK  (February 12, 2015)

2014
Ali Banisadr and Porochista Khakpour in conversation at Sperone Westwater, NY (April 2014)

2013
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2012
New York Academy of Art, NY

2010
Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ
Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY

2009
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

2008
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY