faculty profile

Taravat Talepasand
Visiting Faculty

Talepasand's works on paper, egg tempera paintings and sculpture draw on realism to bring a focus on an acceptable beauty and its relationship with art history under the guise of traditional Persian 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. 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 western. Talepasand lives and works in San Francisco.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • The Corrupt Minority, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA, 2011
  • California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, CA, 2010
  • Taravat Talepasand: Drawings, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2010
  • Tehran-New York, Leila Taghainia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, NY, 2010
  • Bad Moon Rising 5, UKS Gallery, Oslo, Norway, 2010
  • I-Ran Home (In America), Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, 2010
  • Situation Critical, Marx & Zavettero Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2009
  • To The Martyrs!, Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2008
Selected Publications: 
  • “The Outsider Insider: New Works by Taravat Talepasand,” Huffington Post, 2011
  • “Remaking History By Themselves,” The Boston Globe, 2011
  • “Taravat Talepasand,” Javanan Magazine, 2010
  • “Behind the veil,” San Francisco Magazine, 2009
  • “Taravat Talepasand: In Her Own Image,” Art Papers, 2009
  • Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Hossein Amirsadeghi, 2009
  • “Young at Art: 15 Artists Under 35,” Art LTD, 2008
  • “Taravat Talepasand at Heather Marx,” Art in America, 2007
  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design