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Ali Banisadr

(b. 1976) Born in 1976 in Tehran Iran,Banisadr moved to America as a child. His works are influenced by his experiences as a refugee in the Iran-Iraq war. Banisadr has taken part in many solo exhibition including Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York in 2008 and the Works on Paper Exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris in 2010 along with a painting show in 2010 in Paris and Salzburg in 2012, which currently represents him. Additionally, he has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions from 2005 to 2012 such as Summer Painters, Chateau de Balleroy, France (2006); Weaving The Common Thread, at the Queens Museum of Art, New York (2008); Unveiled : New Art from the Middle East, at the Saatchi Gallery, London and Epic Painting at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania (2009); Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr and Nick Goss) Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy (2010); XXSmall at the Haags Germeente Museum in the Netherlands (2011) Contemporary Iranian Art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2012) and several other group shows at the New York Academy of Art. Banisadr was awarded with the New York Foundation for the Fellowship in Painting in 2010, after having received several other fellowships and travel grants. Over the past year, both the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan museum of Art in New York acquired works by Banisadr. Furthermore, the artist’s works also feature amongst other prestigious public collections, such as in the Francois Pinault Collection (France), the Wurth and the Olbricth Collections (Germany), the Essl Collection (Austria), the Saatchi Gallery and the British Musuem, London. The artist currently lives and work in New York. He was ranked the first out of the ‘100 Top Artists in Flash Art International Magazine in November 2011 and was featured on the cover Flash Art International Magazine (July/August/September 2012 issue).