Hesam
Rahmanian

Hesam Rahmanian
Your Gaze Across My Face... , 2017
Collage of leftover acrylic paint and paper on cardboard (triptych)
40,5 x 90 cm
Unique artwork

Hesam Rahmanian
Grinding Teeth, 2017
Collage of leftover acrylic paint, magazine and ink on paper
37 x 23 cm
Unique artwork

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Hesam Rahmanian (born Knoxville, 1980) lives and works in Dubai. His works begin from found fragments – a discarded household object, for example, an innocuous shape in a polaroid or a smear of hardened, leftover paint – that have some glancing resemblance to a body, a face or an animal. From this simple bricolage, Rahmanian searches for ways that he can develop his impressions, either on canvas or as assemblage, with a playfulness and spontaneity that is faithful to his initial glimpse. This first-thought-best-thought way of working has emerged steadily from the artist’s early painting series’, which were underpinned by metaphor and social commentary.
Rahmanian has held solo exhibitions at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai (2013), Paradise Row, London (2011) and Traf fic, Dubai (2010). He also also participated in a group show at the Royal College of Art in London as one of the eight finalists for the MOP CAP prize (2011). He also works collaboratively with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, and the three artists have staged two collaborative exhibitions in Dubai (2012, 2014). In 2014, Rahamanian and the Haerizadeh brothers attended the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s residency programme in Captiva, Florida.

Résidences
2014 Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida

Education
2009 Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design, Sacramento State University, California
2005 Applied Art and Design, Sierra College, California
1999 Diploma in Fine Art, School of Visual Arts, Tehran

Solo exhibitions

2015
The Birthday Party, collaborative exhibition with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston
Those Who Love Spiders, and Let Them Sleep in Their Hair, collaborative exhibition with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
All the Rivers Run Into The Sea. Over. / Copy. Yet, The Sea Is Not Full. Over., collaborative exhibition with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
The Fall, collaborative show with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul
I won't wait for grey hairs and worldly cares to soften my views, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York
Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky, collaborative show with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Kunsthalle, Zu?rich

2014
The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine, collaborative show with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
Now the Dove and the Leopard Wrestle at Five in the Afternoon, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai

2012
I Put It There, You name It, collaborative exhibition with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai

2011
Till the End of Dawn, Paradise Row, London

2010
Hit Me With Your War Tune, solo show, Traf fic, Dubai, UAE
2009 Iran's Social Disorder, Art Ten20, Sacramento

Group exhibitions

2017
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play, National Pavilion of United Arab Emirates, 57th Venice Biennale
Speak, Lokal, Kunsthalle, Zurich
The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

2016
Social Calligraphies, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Domestic Affairs: Reshaped, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
9th Liverpool Biennial: Festival of Contemporary Art, Liverpool
Condo, collaborative exhibition with Callicoon Fine Arts and Rodeo, London

2015
Nice Drawings, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai

2013
Silk, Highlights Gallery, San Francisco

2011
MOP CAP, Royal College of Art, London
How Lucky We Are, Angel at Our Table, God in Our Car, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Taking Sides, Paddle8, New York
The State: Social / Antisocial?, Traf fic and The Third Line, Dubai

2010
Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin

2009
Annual Senior Spring Show, Sacramento State University, California

2007
East Meets West, Artwork SF, San Francisco

2003
Digital Art Show, Ridley Gallery, Sacramento

2002
Digital Art Show, Ridley Gallery, Sacramento

1999
Barg Gallery, Tehran

Awards

2015
Fundació Han Nefkens/MACBA Award, Barcelona

2009
AIGA Enrichment Scholarship, California
Best Portfolio, Department of Design, Sacramento State University, California

2008
Fred G Wade Scholarship, Sacramento AD Club, California

Collections
Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
LACMA, Los Angeles

Publications
Ramin Haerizadeh Rokni Haerizadeh Hesam Rahmanian, 2015, Mousse Publishing