BORN 1979, Eugene, OR 


2006 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA MFA, Painting 

2001 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI BFA, Illustration 

2000 Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece Painting, Printmaking 


2018 "Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood (Once Was, Once Wasn't)," Jack Fisher Gallery at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2017 "Made in Iran, Born in America," Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017 “Westoxicated,” Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA

2015 “Not an Arab Spring,” Beta Pictoris Gallery, Birmingham, AL 

2012 “Pathe! Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2011 “The Corrupt Minority,” Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

2010 “Taravat Talepasand: Drawings,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2009 “Situation Critical,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA 

“Hampah: Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand,” Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 “To the Martyrs!” Plane Space, New York, NY

2007 “Seeya and Sefeed,” Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2006 “Taravat Talepasand," Vernissage, Fort Mason, San Francisco,

2002 “New Works, From Greece,” Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR 



Forthcoming“Women March On,” Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Forthcoming “Trifecta,” Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA


“Bay Area Now 8,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

“The Internet Archive’s 2018 Artist In Residence Exhibition,” Evergold Projects at

 Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

“In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present,” LACMA, Los Angeles, CA  


"Why Draw? 500 years of Drawings and Watercolor," Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine


POWERS | TVAT | DEFAZIO,” Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Vinyl Icons: Persian Pop and Turkish Psychedelia," Vane Gallery, New Castle, UK

ARCO Madrid, Spain 


“Bootleg Show,” Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY

Passport 2015, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA 

Volta11, Markthalle, Basel, Switzerland

Miami Art Fair, New York, New York

“Amen,” Bass & Reiner, San Francisco, CA

Volta NY, New York, New York

Azadi va Edalat, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA 


“Theory of Survival: Fabrications,” Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA


“New...Now...Next...” Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 


“Tessellation Make Up,” Galerie Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey

“Nu Body,” Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Belles Comme Le Jour,” Galerie Une, Zurich, Switzerland 

“FAX,” San Francisco Arts Commision Gallery, San Francisco, CA 



“I am who I am: The Portrait Reconsidered,” Steven Zevitas, Boston, MA

“Sea Change II: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA 

“Sea Change I: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA 

“Fabrications,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA 


“2010 California Biennial,” Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

“I RAN Home (In America),” CoCA Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA

“Tehran - New York,” Leila Taghinia-Milano Heller (LTMH) Gallery, New York, NY

“Chahar Ghesmat: Iranian Women Create,” Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT (curated by Afarin Rahmanifar and Elizabeth Peterson)


“I Want You To Want Me,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA

“Bad Moon Rising 4,” Galerie Sans Titre, Brussels, Belgium (curated by Jan Van Woensel)

“Femme on Femme,” Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA (curated by Cari Marshall)


“Sexy Time: A Group Effort,” Morgan Lehman, New York, NY

“East of the West,” SomArts, San Francisco, CA (curated by Taraneh Hemami & Anuradha Vikram)


“The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection,” de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

“Three on the Tree,” Plane Space, New York, NY

“Selections from New American Paintings: The MFA Annual, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

“GRAPHIC: New Bay Area Drawing,” di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA


“Cream from the Top,” Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA


Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Murphy Cadogan Award, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Obsessive Patterns,” Live Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Ephemeral,” Crucible Steel Gallery, San Francisco, CA


“2003 Oregon Biennial,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR


“New Paintings,”Blackfish Gallery, Portland OR


“Illustrations,” Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


2011 Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant
2010 Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Murphy Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute                              

2006 Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Award
2005-06 New American Paintings: MFA Annual Competition
2005 Murphy Cadogan Scholarship
2004-05 San Francisco Art Institute, Merit Scholarship
2000 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
1999-01 Rhode Island School of Design Merit Scholarship
1999 Guilford Handcraft


Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, MA

Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

CoCA Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA


Dr. Octagon (Kool Keith), Dan The Automator, DJ Qbert Album; Producer and Art Director Pearls on the Ocean Floor by Robert Adanto
Voices of America, Persian News Network interview by Monaliza Noormohammadi


2016 Guest Lecturer, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA                                                     2015 Visiting Artist, Berkeley University, CA
Visiting Artist, Stanford University, CA
Guest Critic, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA Visiting Artist, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA
2014 Visiting Artist for ‘Notes From the Studio,’ California College of Art, San Francisco, CA
2013 Visiting Artist, Stanford University, CA
2011 Guest Critic, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2010 Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellow at San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA Artist Talk, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA Artist Talk, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
CoCA Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2009 Visiting Artist, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2007 Visiting Artist, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA
2006 Visiting Artist, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA



Iravani, Lailam “What You Know,” September 28, 

Desmarais, Charles, “YBCA’s ‘Bay Area Now 8’: A Bad Show redeemed by Good Art,”              September 20,

Devine, Sam, “Bay Area Artists Have Taken Over Yerba Buena,” September 18,   

Debczak, Michele,”The Internet Archive’s Billions of Web Pages Inspired a New Art              Exhibition,

Desmarais, Charles, “Talepasand takes on pleasure, religion and Iran at Jack Fischer Gallery,”June 5,

Desmarais, Charles, “YBCA Announces Artists in Influential Triennial Exhibition,”June 5,

Shaw, Anny, "Los Angeles County Museum of Art hopes to ‘change American perceptions of Iran’ with new show," May 3,

"Past and Present Iranian Art at LA Museum," May 19,

Parvaneh, Fred, "LACMA Exhibition Explores Present-Day Iranian Society," May 20,

Premiyak, Liza, "Islamiq Girrrls," May 21, www.thecalvertjournal

"Retrospective," May 1,


Desmarais, Charles, "Guerrero Gallery Exhibits Offer Critical Views of Migration," May 4, San Francisco Chronicle 

Gaarchik, Leah, "At San Francisco Art Institute, The Disruptors are Honored," May 2, San Francisco Chronicle

Mizota, Sharon, “Art That Forces Us To Consider What We Think We Know,” February 4,

Jenison, David, “Blasphemous Drug Art of Taravat Talepasand,” February 6,


Desmarais, Charles, “Untitled, Art coming to the Bay,” October 26, San Francisco Chronicle

Hacia, Graham, “Art School Reunion,” May 17, San Francisco Magazine, p.17


“San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, Passport 2015: Japantown,” October 21,

Pereira, Lorenzo, “Volta 11 in Basel,” June,

ARTBAHRAIN, “Volta 11,” May 31,

San Francisco Chronicle, “Bay Area Arts and Entertainment Picks,” May 20,
San Francisco Chronicle

Tedford Harrison, Matthew, “Mexican Collective CAMINO Loves the Baby Jesus,” May 19,

Levine, Brett, “Taravat Talepasand Toys With Our Fears, at Peta Pictoris in Birmingham,” May 15,

Helander, Bruce, “DUTCH TREAT,” May 8, The Huffington Post

Lampe, Lilly, “An Artist’s Take on Iranian Identity, Detailed and Filled with Drugs,” May 8, Hyperallergic

Amirkhani, Jordan, “Taravat Talepasand: Not an Arab Spring at Beta Pictoris Gallery,”
May 6,

Ogle, Patrick, “Art Miami Heads North,” May 6,

McDaniel, Mandy, “Iranian-American’s Art Exhibit Opening at Beta Pictoris,” April 16, www


Carlson, Michelle, “Iranian Dissent at Southern Exposure,” September 17, SFAQ, “First of Fall-San Francisco,” September,

Xiao, An, “An Iranian, American Artist Revisits Images from the 1979 Revolution,” October 21, Hyperallergic

Alangoo, “Theory of Survival: Fabrications, A Project by Taraneh Hemami,” October 16,


Carlson, Michelle, “Body Politic,” Hyphen Magazine, The Sex Issue No. 27, p.40-45


ADMIN, ‘Taravat Talepasand Pethetique,”, May 24


Sarrah Zadeh, "Taravat Talepasand," Zan Magazine, NOV/DEC, Issue No. 1, p.61-63                        

Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Ten Years, Part Deux," SF Weekly (Night & Day section), July 13, p. 17                            

Cate McQuaid, "Remaking History by Themselves," Boston Globe, May 11

Gabrielle Selz, "The Outsider Insider: New Work by Taravat Talepasand," Huffington Post Arts, May 25

Rebecca Goldschmidt, “Big Things Ahead: Taravat,” May 5,                              

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos, “The Corrupt Minority,” July,

"Exhibition Spotlight: Fabrications at Marx & Zavattero," The Huffington Post, February 4                         

Wood, Sura, “Coming soon to an art gallery near you,” Bay Area Reporter, January 13, p. 23                  

Bowers, Keith, “The Horror, The Humor,” SF Weekly January 5, p. 18


Deutsche Bank Art Works, “Art as Lifesaver 2010 California Biennial,” November,     

Rabe, John, “Taravat Talepasand’s Revolution,” November 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio,                                                                                                                                               

Chang, Richard, “O.C. Museum of Art Unveils it’s New Biennial,” November,           

Moeini, Noushin, “Pearls on the Ocean Floor,” Javanan Magazine, June, Issue No. 1207, p. 34                

Moeini, Noushin, “Taravat Talepasand’s images: Crossing Cultures in search of identity,” Javanan

International Weekly Magazine, April, p. 36                                                                                                  

Miller D., Adam, “Taravat Talepasand,”, June 15                                                   

Razo, Jennifer, “Exquisite Corpse with Taravat Talepasand,” Beautiful/Decay, June, Book: 4                       

Mary Anne, “Situation Critical,” February, The Painting Issue #8                                 

Eisenhart, Mary, “Don’t Miss: Situation Critical,” San Francisco Chronicle (96 Hours section), January 7, p. 13

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos, "Pushing Boundaries,"


Huston, Johnny Ray, “Weekly Picks,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 16, p. 16-17                    

Granade, Rives, “Talepasand’s ‘Situation Critical,’”, January                                          

Melendez, Franklin, “Behind the veil,” San Francisco Magazine, December, p. 37, 40                            

Harouni, Shadi, “Ala Ebtekar & Taravat Talepasand: Hampah,” The Mag LA, June, p. 38                              

Selz, Gabrielle, “Taravat Talepasand: In Her Own Image,” Art Papers, March/April, p. 22-25           

Amirsadeghi, Hossein (Editor), Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Globe Publishing Limited, London, U.K.


Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; Number 79, Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009, p. 152-155

Turner, Cherie Louise, “Young at Art: 15 Artists Under 35,” art ltd., May, p. 59                                           

Junker, Howard (Editor), “That Fateful, Faithful Cup of Wine” (reproduction), ZYZZYVA, Spring, Vol. XXIV No. 1, p. 54

Goodin, Analisa, “Taravat Talepasand,” Alarm, Winter, p. 76-79


Van Proyen, Mark, “Taravat Talepasand at Heather Marx,” Art in America, December, p. 169                        

Che, Julia, “Taravat Talepasand: You Liberal Iranian,” Metro.Pop, Issue 32, p. 57

Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings: Special Edition, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; Number 70, July, p. 188 & back cover

Weiss, Nina, “Golden Girl: Taravat Talepasand Shines on the Outside,” 7x7 Magazine,
May, p. 71

Ross, Michael, “Taravat Talepasand @ Heather Marx Gallery,”,
May, WM Issue #3

Nataraj, Nirmala, “Iran So Far Away,” SF Weekly (Night & Day section), May 2, p. 23                           

Melendez, Franklin, “Taravat Talepasand: The Golden Road,” Planet, Spring Issue 15, p. 017


Binshtock, Avital, “Art School Confidential,” Lifescapes, November, p. 64

Turner, Cherie Louise, “‘Cream’ at Arts Benicia,” Artweek, October, p. 25

Meeker, Cheryl, “SFAI MFA Graduation Exhibition,”, West Coast, May 27

Van Proyen, Mark, Catalogue Essay, MFA Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Zevitas, Steven T. (Editor), New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA; New American Paintings, MFA Annual Catalogue


2003 Oregon Biennial Catalogue, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Speer, Richard, “Bi-Furious,” Willamette Week, July 2

“A Question of Commitment,” The Oregonian, June 29

“Oregon Biennial Sticks to Traditional Fields, Omits Web-based Work,” The Oregonian, March 12 “2003

Oregon Biennial,” Portland Mercury


New American Painters, Pacific Coast Edition No. 43