Ali Banisadr

Iran, 1976

Ali Banisadr takes first-hand experiences as a refugee to abstract his landscape paintings with scenes of Persian mythology. Banisadr creates areas of free, loose brushwork that reflect concepts of displacement, memory, violence and chaos. His color choices lean towards rich metallic hues and variations of blue, while the fragmented backgrounds are influenced by memories of broken glass and concrete from exploding buildings. These images lead to a point of view somewhere in between his visual and auditory recollections. The artist’s process continues to be driven by this mixture of images and sounds. Banisadr explains that his work has always been about documenting a space where each piece starts with a noise, and then lets his paintings simply follow “the sounds within the painting.”

Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1976, Ali Banisadr and his family were forced to relocate during the Iran-Iraq War. They first went to Turkey in 1988, and then to California. By 2000, Banisadr had moved to New York City. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2007 where he was awarded the post-graduate fellowship. Soon after, Banisadr received an award in painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Since his first solo exhibition in 2008, Banisadr has shown many works in prestigious collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, Saatchi Gallery in London, the British Museum, The Olbricht Collection in Germany, Francois Pinault Foundation, Vienna's Sammlung Essl, and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. Banisadr currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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