Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah was born in Tehran, Iran in 1979. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and his MFA from University of California Los Angeles in 2005. Fallah’s artistic oeuvre encompasses painting, photography, sculpture, and installation combined with a visual vocabulary that includes collage and complex patterning. The works present a critical observation of the deconstruction and appropriation of portraiture in its various forms. Fallah’s practice presents an alternative perspective to entrenched art historical portraiture traditions and the dynamics of modern day art collection and art making. Intertwined with these concerns are his reflections upon identity and personal narrative.  

Solo exhibitions include:

Amir H. Fallah: ‘Scatter My Ashes on Foreign Land’, MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ, USA, 2019; ‘Almost Home’ The Third Line, Dubai (2017) and 'The Caretaker', Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland, USA (2015); ‘Perfect Strangers’ 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles;; 'The Collected', The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2013); 'The Collected', Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco (2013); 'Spaced Case' (Bing Rips, Magical Potions, Mystical Potions, Mystical Flora and Avatars, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, USA (2010) and 'Pedestal', Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, California, USA (2008).

Selected group exhibitions include: ‘Unknown Voyage’, Schneider Museum of Art, Oregon, USA (2017); ‘Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media’, San Diego Art Institute, California, USA (2017); 'We Must Risk Delight-Twenty Artists from Los Angeles, 56th La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2015); ‘Human Form in Movement' JOYCE Gallery, Hong Kong (2014); 'I’ll Show You Mine', Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, USA (2014), 'Theory Of Survival: Fabrications', Southern Exposure, San Francisco, USA (2014); '10 Year Anniversary Show', Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013); 'SUPERCALLAFRAGILEMYSTICEXTASY -DIOECIOUS', Lancaster Museum of Art and History, California, USA (2013); 'Show Off', Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE (2011);

Fallah received the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, at EXPO Chicago and won The LA County Arts Commission Civic Art Program (2018); the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2015 and participated in the 9th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE (2009). His works are part of several private and public collections, including the Cerritos College Public Art Collection, the Smart Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Salsali Private Museum Collection and the Microsoft Art Collection. He recently was the recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists.

Amir lives and works in California, USA.

Complete Bio (pdf)