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 BFA in Fine Art & Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in painting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad. Selected solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson; South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings SD; Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland OR; San Diego ICA; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland KS.
In 2009, the artist was chosen to participate in the 9th Sharjah Biennial. In 2015, Fallah received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2019, Fallah’s painting Calling On The Past received the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago. In 2020, Fallah was awarded the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship and the Artadia grant. In addition, the artist had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, accompanied by a catalogue, and a year-long installation at the ICA San Jose.
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.
The artist is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Miami; Deste Foundation For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Xiao Museum Of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China; McEvoy Foundation For The Arts, San Francisco; Nerman Museum, Kansas City; SMART Museum of Art at the University of Chicago; Davis Museum, Massachusetts; The Microsoft Collection, Washington; Plattsburg State Art Museum, NY; Cerritos College Public Art Collection, CA; Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, CA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama and Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE.
Artist Amir H. Fallah and Collector Liz Dimmitt talked over Zoom about the artist’s exhibition Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion, the evolution of his work over the past few years, and what is means to build a meaningful art collection.
Amir H. Fallah introduces himself and his new paintings for his exhibition, “Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion” at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York.
Amir H. Fallah
Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion
Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, NY
January 9 – February 20, 2020
Video produced December 2020.
Congratulations to Amir H. Fallah for being selected as a 2020 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship awardee.
Video produced as part of the 2020 virtual exhibition.
Visit Cola 2020 website.