Ali Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1976 and moved to California with his family when he was a child. He lives and works in New York.Read More
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 recognisable 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.
In motion and evolving throughout the process of creation, Ali Banisadr’s work is characterised by an instability that fascinates the viewer and showcases the very essence of imagination. The scenes that Ali Banisadr paints fit within the art history narrative, from Jérôme Bosch to Francis Bacon, bearing this ability to transport us into realms where beauty borders on horror, order on disorder, and where the depths of the sea merge with the farthest reaches of outer space.
The origin of chaos is perhaps what ultimately enables us to see the artist, like an imperfect symphony: the one who orchestrates forms and colours, slow and intense movements, to reach a disconcerting harmony that freezes within time, the creative explosion that unfurls under our gaze.
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 and corruption.'
Text courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.