Amir H. Fallah

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Born 1979 in Tehran, Iran. Lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Amir H. Fallah’s work across painting, installation, drawing and sculpture investigates the complexities of belonging and otherness in the very place one calls home. The artist paints his subjects’ bodies surrounded by their possessions and domestic environments, while disguising their skin colors and features. Fallah’s work is of analogously global ancestry, influenced by the pattern and detail of Persian miniatures, the portrayals of class and domestic life of 17th century Dutch Art, and the brashness and saturation of American visual culture.

Amir H. Fallah received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Fallah has had solo exhibitions at the ICA San Jose, MOCA Tucson, South Dakota Art Museum, Schneider Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Art, Shulamit Nazarian, Denny Dimin Gallery, The Third Line, Dio Horia, and Gordon Gallery; in addition to numerous international group exhibitions including We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles, 56th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2015) and the 9th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2009). Fallah has been featured or reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, ARTnews, GQ, The Art Newspaper, Whitewall, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Times, Apollo Magazine, and The Guardian.

Fallah’s work is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum, Miami, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Microsoft Collection.


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Amir H. Fallah: Scatter My Ashes On Foreign Lands
Purchase  | 
Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion
01.08.2021 - 02.20.2021
Kadosh
07.11.2019 - 08.16.2019
How Far We’ve Come
05.11.2018 - 06.17.2018
The Unhomely
06.29.2017 - 08.18.2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
01.11.2020 - 05.03.2020
The Schneider Museum of Art
06.14.2017 - 09.09.2017
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
05.28.2015 - 09.27.2015
February 23, 2021 Press

“Amir H. Fallah Paints a Roadmap for His Son” in WhiteWall

The new paintings imagined as a how-to manual for Fallah’s son, featuring icons, imagery, and references to the culture that forms us—from advertising and pop culture to the books we read as children.

Read on WhiteWall.

January 27, 2021 Press

Amir H. Fallah: Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion reviewed in The Art Newspaper

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend: From Albers and Morandi at David Zwirner to Amir H. Fallah at Denny Dimin.


January 14, 2021 Events

In Conversation: Artist Amir H. Fallah and Collector Liz Dimmitt

Join Artist Amir H. Fallah and Collector Liz Dimmitt on Zoom Thursday, January 28th at 7pm EST.  Watch the recording.


January 08, 2021 Events

Zoom Opening Reception for Amir H. Fallah

Join us Friday, January 8, 4 to 6 PM ET on Zoom. Click here to join.


October 31, 2020 Events

VOTE! Amir H. Fallah asks you to vote at the ICA San José

The ICA San José presents The Façade Project with a major mural commission from Amir H. Fallah and opens its doors to become an Official Vote Center for November 2020 election.


September 23, 2020 Press

Amir H. Fallah in The New York Times

In California, the Institute of Contemporary Art San José will open for voting, with a mural by Amir H. Fallah on display.

Read on The New York Times.


June 24, 2020 Press

Amir H. Fallah 2020 COLA Fellow

Congratulations to Amir H. Fallah for being selected as a 2020 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship awardee.

The Fellows were selected by a panel comprising curators, educators, museum directors and past COLA Fellows. The fellowship provides each artist with $10,000 to produce a new body of work, which will be premiered at the COLA 2020 exhibition.


October 01, 2018 Artists

Amir H. Fallah Awarded Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago

Amir H. Fallah’s was awarded the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago, where he was exhibiting with Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, on September 28, 2018. A long-time supporter of arts and culture and presenting sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO, Northern Trust will donated one work of art (Calling on the Past by Amir H. Fallah) to the Smart’s permanent collection. The Smart will select the piece from the exposition’s EXPOSURE section, curated by Justine Ludwig (Executive Director, Creative Time) and featuring solo and two-artist presentations represented by galleries eight years and younger.


June 30, 2018 Outside Exhibitions

Amir H. Fallah Exhibiting at MOCA Tucson

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA Tucson) is pleased to present Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art, a curated exhibition by Ginger Shulick Porcella exploring religion, ritual, cult mentality, and the human impulse to belong and participate, as viewed through the lens of cultural production. This exhibition examines the relationship between “cult” and “culture” and how the museum space, like sites of worship, are places for sustained, concentrated attention and contemplation. Blessed Be links spiritual practice to artistic…Read More

Read on MOCA Tucson.

April 27, 2018 Events

Amir H. Fallah in The Art Newspaper

Trump’s travel ban: artists and museums speak out against third iteration US Supreme Court called on to consider potential harm to arts organizations and the American public Gabriella Angeleti 26th April 2018 Read on The Art Newspaper. On Wednesday (25 April), the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the third iteration of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which restricts entry to the US from eight mostly Muslim countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North…Read More


September 15, 2017 Press Releases

Amir H. Fallah now represented by Denny Gallery

Denny Gallery is pleased to announce our representation of Amir H. Fallah. Visit Amir H. Fallah’s artist page. Amir H. Fallah was born in 1979 in Tehran, Iran, and lives in Los Angeles. His body of work includes painting, installation, drawing and sculpture. He is best known for unconventional portraits of people he encounters (or seeks out), which explore identity and personal narrative through his subjects’ interactions with objects. Fallah collages layers of these objects sourced from his subject’s environment…Read More


Amir H. Fallah
COLA Individual Artist Fellowship
2020

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