Hesam
Rahmanian

Hesam Rahmanian
Bat, Octopus and a Protester, 2017
Acrylic on 3 triangle canvases
Bat: 44 x 19 x 35 cm / Octopus : 90 x 35 x 71 cm / A protester : 50 x 20 x 40 cm
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© Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Hesam Rahmanian
Your Gaze Across My Face... , 2017
Collage of leftover acrylic paint and paper on cardboard (triptych)
40,5 x 90 cm overall
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Hesam Rahmanian
Absentminded Geometry, 2015
Collage, acrylique et encre sur paper
51 x 40,5 cm
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Hesam Rahmanian
Absentminded Geometry, 2015
Collage, acrylique et encre sur paper
51 x 40,5 cm
Pièce unique

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

Expositions personnelles

2018
Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home, collaborative exhibition
with Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Officine Grandi Riparazioni
(OGR), Turin, IT
From Sea to Dawn, collaborative exhibition with Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam
Rahmanian, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AU

2017
The Maids, collaborative exhibition with Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian,
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ES

2015
The Birthday Party, collaborative exhibition with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, US
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, DK
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, AU
The Fall, collaborative show with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, TR
I won't wait for grey hairs and worldly cares to soften my views, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, US
Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky, collaborative show with Ramin and Rokni Haerizadeh, Kunsthalle, Zurich, CH

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

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

2011
Till the End of Dawn, Paradise Row, London, UK

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

Expositions collectives

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

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

2015
Nice Drawings, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, AE

2013
Silk, Highlights Gallery, San Francisco, US

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

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

2009
Annual Senior Spring Show, Sacramento State University, California, US

2007
East Meets West, Artwork SF, San Francisco, US

2003
Digital Art Show, Ridley Gallery, Sacramento, US

2002
Digital Art Show, Ridley Gallery, Sacramento, US

1999
Barg Gallery, Tehran, IR

Résidences

2014
Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida, US

Récompenses

2015
Fundació Han Nefkens/MACBA Award, Barcelona, ES

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

2008
Fred G Wade Scholarship, Sacramento AD Club, California, US

Collections
Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, AE
LACMA, Los Angeles, US

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

Formation

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