Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr

Modern myths find physical form in epic, semi-abstract hellscapes.

“I build up layers almost like a musical composition.”

In Banisadr’s heroic history paintings abstraction and figuration blur. Crowds of people emerge from wide, abstract mark-making with a muted, almost medieval colour palette carefully mixed in oil paint. The artist also creates his own pigments from scratch. Ancient and modern influences combine in the works — from Persian miniature painting, Islamic and Christian iconography, to Futurism, Cubism a...

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Ali Banisadr was born in 1976 in Tehran, Iran, and now lives and works in New York, USA.


Before attending art school Banisadr studied philosophy, which now provides the theoretical foundation for his practice. He also explores the translation of sound into image, a distinction which is often blurred within the intuitive process of creating his paintings.

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Our debut collaboration, a screenprint titled Thinkpol, has more separate layers than any other Avant Arte edition - 41 to be precise!

Collaborations with Ali Banisadr

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