Taravat Talepasand

Assistant Professor in Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

Taravat Talepasand’s interdisciplinary painting practice questions normative Western beauty, by way of politically charged images of contemporary Iranian women under the guise of traditional Persian painting. Her work expresses the role of women in the hyphenated American identity, through global feminist ideologies, Iranian political histories and the oppression of female sexuality in Iran. She asks the viewer to reconsider western ideologies of her native country and citizens of the Iranian Diaspora in a myriad of ways.

Taravat is currently the Department Chair of Painting at San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Orange Country Museum of Art. Taravat was included in the 2018 Bay Area Now 8 exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco and the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum. She was the recipient of the 2010 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship at San Francisco Art Institute.

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