“I am the Corrupt Minority.”
Taravat Talepasand, born in 1979 in the United States, retained close family and artistic ties to Iran, Esfehan, where she was trained in the challenging discipline of Persian miniature painting. Paying close attention to the cultural taboos identified by distinctly different social groups, particularly those of gender, race and socioeconomic position, her work reflects the cross-pollination, or lack thereof, in our “modern” society. Talepasand's works on paper and egg tempera paintings draw on realism to bring a focus on an acceptable beauty and its relationship with art history under the guise of traditional Persian painting. Her interest, however, is in painting a present which is of and intrinsically linked to the past, making it easily understood by the Iranian and inductive of assumption for the Westerner. “ Since I myself am considered a taboo in that I am a conglomerate of equal, yet irreconcilable cultural forces, my work challenges plebeian notions of acceptable behavior,” says the artist.
Taravat has exhibited in solo and group shows in United States, Europe, and the Middle East, including the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, De Young Museum, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia; Galeri Zilberman, Istanbul, Turkey; Galerie Lang + Pult, Switzerland; Angles Gallery, Los Angeles; Charlie James, Los Angeles; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA; di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA; Southern Exposre, San Francisco; Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA and the 2003 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Taravat is the recipient of the 2010 Diebenkorn Fellowship, Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant, Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Awardee, Murphy Cadogan Scholarship recipient. Talepasand’s work is also in the permanent collection of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Orange County Museum of Art. Her work has been written about and reproduced in Artforum, Art in America, Art Papers. Artweek, Alarm, Art Practical, The Boston Globe, Beautiful/Decay, Huffington Post, Hyphen, Planet Magazine, SOMA Magazine, San Francisco, The Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, and New American Paintings. She is a featured artist in Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi and the Documentary Pearls On The Ocean Floor by Robert Adanto. Talepasand received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and MFA and the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006.
Adjunct Professor, Painting Drawing