Tala Madani

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Tala Madani (born 1981 in Tehran) is an artist based in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a painter whose recurrent motifs include men, often made vulnerable, which gives the effect of reversing the conventionally objectified female body in painting.[1] Her painting style is loose, incorporating gestural brushstrokes into figurative narrative scenes that often have a bizarre, fetishistic quality to them.[2] The men in her paintings often appear to be ridiculed, clownish, dominated by perfumated space, Brechtian. The loose brushstrokes and flat pictorial space give an almost cartoon quality to her paintings.[3]

She is represented by Pilar Corrias Gallery in London.[4]


In 2004, Madani graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science and visual arts. In 2006, she graduated from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut with an MFA in painting.[citation needed]


De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award)
Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting, The Netherlands
Kees Verwey Fellowship
Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale University
Oregon State University President’s Award for Excellence in Art

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Tala Madani: Rip Image, Moderna Museet Malmo, Sweden
Tala Madani: The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Manual Man, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
Pictograms, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
Dazzle Men, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
ASS•AS•SIN: hashish anyone?, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
Smoke and Mirrors, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA


  1. ^ Al-Hadid, Diana http://bombsite.com/issues/109/articles/3336 ‘Tala Madani’ “BOMB Magazine” Fall 2009, retrieved July 21, 2011
  2. ^ Andrew Maerkle, Art Asia Pacific, from Lombard-Freid.com
  3. ^ Al-Hadid, D. http://bombsite.com/issues/109/articles/3336 ‘Tala Madani’ “BOMB Magazine” Fall 2009
  4. ^ Pilar Corrias, London

External links[edit]

Oregon State University alumni