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Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019-20 Additions / Redactions, Desai Matta Gallery, CIIS, San Francisco, Ca

2012 Radiant States: Reflections on Solidarity, CIIS, San Francisco, Ca

2011 Unbelievablybelievable, Martina Johnston Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

2007 Disappearing, Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley Ca

2005 Effacements, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, Ca

Found Faces, Artship windows project, Oakland, Ca

2004 Recent Antiquities, Articultural Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

2000 New Works, Darvag Art Foundation Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

1997 Ali Dadgar, the Warehouse Gallery, Long Beach, Ca

1989 My Horses, Ronald J. Gallery, Oakland, Ca

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Exchange the Experience, Round Weather Gallery, Oakland, Ca

2020     Invincible California, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, Ca

2019 Summer Bash, The Space by Advocartsy Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

2018 Art Brief IV, Advocartsy, Somarts Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2014 Fabrication, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca

2013 Resistance, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2012     DocumentO, an unofficial satellite of Documenta13, Krowswork, Oakland, Ca

MENA Experimental, collaboration with Azin Seraj, ATA, San Francisco, Ca

In The Currents: Bay Area Iranian-American Art Today, KSW, Asian Resource Center Gallery, Oakland, Ca

The Big Return Project, for Heather Sparks part of Disrupture, Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2009 Deadpan Exchange IV, K2 Gallery, Izmir, Turkey 

Strange Hope, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, Ca

Faculty Show 2009, Department of Art Practice Faculty Show, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, Ca

2008 Freedom of Expression, Art in an Age of Uncertainty, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Ca

Apature 10, KSW, San Francisco, Ca

International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey; Berlin, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia. 

PaperWorks, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, Ca 

East of the West, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, Ca 

Theory of Survival, In collaboration with Taraneh Hemami, The Lab, San Francisco, Ca 

Make the Art You Need, Dept. of Art Practice Faculty Show, Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, Ca

  Artists Insight phase II, The Big Idea Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ca

Points of Convergence, the Gallery at UTA, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Tx

Selections, di Rosa Perserve: Art & Nature, Napa, Ca

2007 Before & After, in Collaboration with Kristin Lucas, Postmasters Gallery, New York, Ny

Apature 9, KSW, San Francisco, Ca

Paper Cuts 3, Fetterly Gallery, Vallejo, Ca

Artists Insight Phase I, The Big Idea Project, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, Ca

The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, Apexart, New York, Ny

Next New, ICA, San Jose, Ca

Fermata, MFA Exhibition, UC Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley Ca

2006 Write, Read: Contemporary Iranian-American Calligraphy Art, City college of San Francisco Library, SF, Ca 

Dirty Light, Worth Rider Gallery, University of California, Berkeley Ca

The Paper Nest Project, The Luggage Store gallery Annex, San Francisco, Ca

Virus, Lobot Gallery, Oakland, Ca

State of the Nation, Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

2005 RePresent, Cross Connections, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, Ca

Cross Connections, Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco, Ca 

Shared Passions, Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, Ca

2004 Pachanga 2004, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, Ca

The Bellarmine Forum, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Ca

Angels & Demons, Peninsula Museum of Art, Belmont, Ca

Chico-Iranian Project, Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, Ca

Day of the Dead, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

Somewhere-Elsewhere, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

Windows & Chairs, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Ca

On paper, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, Ca

2003 Bringing Light to the Darkness, Day of the Dead Exhibit, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

Go Figure, Articultural Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

Benefit Exhibition & Auction, Persian Center, Berkeley, Ca

Three individual Artists, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, Ca 

The Quilt of Many Colors Project, Richmond Health Center, Richmond, Ca

Celebration of Art & the Art of Celebration, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Ca

17 Bay Area Artists, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, Ca 

Three’s A Charm, Frank Bette Center for the Art, Alameda, Ca

Bay Area Currents, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Ca

Printmaking, Danville Fine Art Gallery, Danville, Ca 

  Artists Working, SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, Ca 

Defiance, Prop Gallery, New York, NY

Extreme Art, Chartreuse Muse Gallery, Modesto, Ca 

2002 Oakland Portraits:  Then & Now, 1852-2002, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Ca

New Visions, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, Ca

R X D, Intersection for the Arts Gallery, San Francisco, Ca 

2001     Ruminations, Cell Space, San Francisco, Ca

1999 Group show, Wier Gallery, Berkeley, Ca 

1997 The Group Show, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, Ca

1994 NOAPS Exhibit ’94, NOAPS Gallery, Osage Beach, Mo

1994 Labyrinth of Exile, UCLA Fowler Museum, J. Paul Getty Trust Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

The Nude, Wier Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

1993 Iranian Artists In Bay Area, Iranian Community Center Gallery, San Jose, Ca

Generation Images, Linda Bermerman Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

1992 Black & White, The Warehouse Gallery, Long Beach, Ca

The Vision, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, Ca

1991 20 Artists of Bay Area, Kaiser Center Art Gallery, Oakland, Ca

New Works, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

1990 Small Works, California Museum of Art at the Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, Ca

Iranian Artists, Hourian Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

The Printed Page, Village Theatre Gallery, Danville, Ca

The Image of The Horse, Redding Museum & Art Gallery, Redding, Ca

1989 Animals & Urban Environment, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

The Project:  Group show, CCAC Gallery, Oakland, Ca

1988 Iranian Collective Artists, Ackerman Hall Gallery UCLA, Los Angeles, Ca

San Francisco Mission Project, Back to the picture Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

1988 Iranian Collective Artists, Ackerman Hall Gallery UCLA, Los Angeles, Ca

San Francisco Mission Project, Back to the picture Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

1987 Madam Chevaux, Isabel Percy West Gallery at CCAC, Oakland, Ca

1986 Iranian Artists in California, Koan Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

1984 Portraits, Fran Miller Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

Education

2007 MFA, University of California, Berkeley, Ca

1989 BFA, California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, Ca

Awards

2007 J . Ruth Kelsey Traveling Fellowship

2007 UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Award

2005 Marian Hahn Simpson Fellowship in Art

2005 Susan B. Irwin Scholarship in the Visual Arts

2004/5 Individual Artist Grant, City of Oakland Cultural Arts Department.

2003/4 Residency & Publication Award, Darvag Art Foundation.

1988 Charles Hank Hine Award.

Teaching

2006 – 2009 Lecturer, Department of Art Practice, University of California Berkeley, Ca

2002 – 2003 Painting & Drama Workshop. Albany Farsi School, Albany & Oakland, Ca

2001 – 2002 Youth Outreach Program; Banners & signs, Darvag Art Foundation, Berkeley & Oakland, Ca

1997 – 2001 Printmaking Workshops. Darvag Art Foundation, Oakland & Berkeley, Ca

1993 – 1996 Mural & Drawing Workshops. City of Oakland Youth Outreach program, Oakland, Ca

1994 Silk- screening Workshops. California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, Ca

Performance & Theatre

2018 Chicarainian Project, Central Stage, Richmond, Ca

2018 Borderline, Central Stage, Richmond, Ca

2014 Disruption and organized chaos, Fabrication, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Ca

2014 Disruption and organized chaos, Creative Production Meets Political Imagination, CIIS, San Francisco, Ca

2011 Five minutes of infinite solidarity, Martian Johnston Gallery, Berkeley, Ca

2009 Chicarainian Project, Two Bald Chicarainians taking a bath, Woody Woodman Finger Palace, Berkeley, Ca

2004     Death of Yazdgerd by Bahram Beyzaie. Darvag Theater Company, Berkeley, Ca

2003/4  Four Springs Translation Project. Ballet Afsaneh & ODC Theater, San Francisco, Ca

2003     Karima’s City by Yousef Al Gundi.  Golden Thread Production, San Francisco, Ca

           Baggage by Fateh Azzam.  Golden Thread Production, San Francisco, Ca

            Eye by Jay Levin. The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, San Francisco, Ca

2002/3  Haroun & the Sea Stories (Understudy) Salman Rushdie.  Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Ca

2002     What Beautiful Voice Saieda. Golden Thread Production, San Francisco, Ca

            Homebody Kabul (understudy) by Tony Kushner. Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Ca

            Apocalypse Maniana with Guillermo Gómez-Pena.  Ballazo Gallery, San Francisco, Ca

            Emigrants by Solovomir Morzhek. Iran Theatre Assoc. & Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley, Ca

2001 Opera of 3 Wise Piglets in 5 Minutes by Roham Sheikhani. Darvag Theatre Company, Oakland, Ca

2000 The Seventh Veil (Salome) by Oscar Wilde, Shotgun Player, Oakland, Ca

Victim by Mario Fretti.  Darvag Theatre Company, Oakland, Ca

1999 Publicly Resting by Torange Yegyazarian. Golden Thread Production, Oakland, Ca

I am not a Serial Killer by Kaveh Zahedi. Golden Thread Production, Oakland, Ca

No Problem! by David Aies. Golden Thread Production, Oakland, Ca

A Woman’s Story by Manijeh Mohamedi. Golden Thread Production, Oakland, Ca

1998 The Eight Voyage of Sindbad by Bahram Beyzaie, directed by Jim Cave. Shotgun Players/ Darvag, Oakland, Ca

The Lower Depth by Maxim Gorky. Daedalus Theatre Co & Dance Mission, San Francisco, Ca

1997 Mexterminator with Guillermo Gómez-Pena and La Pocha Nostra. SOMARTS, San Francisco, Ca

Richard III by W. Shakespeare. Shotgun Players, Oakland, Ca

The Odyssey by Homer. Shotgun Players, Oakland, Ca

1996 Ebliess (The Devil) by Roham Sheikhani. Darvag Theatre Company, Berkeley & Oakland, Ca

The Butterfly by Bijan Mofid. Darvag Theatre Company, Oakland, Ca

1995 Lysistrada by Aristophanes. Golden Thread Production, Oakland, Ca 

Hungry Tree by Sydney Carson. Night Letter Theatre, San Francisco, Ca

The Last Supper by Farhad Aiesh.  Darvag Theatre Company,   Berkeley, Ca

1994 Seven Nights in New York with a Stranger by Farhad  Aiesh. Darvag Theatre, Berkeley, Ca

1994 Image is Everything by Roham Sheikhani, directed by Jim Cave. Darvag Theatre, Sf, Ca

What is Fatemeh going to do with her Hair? by Gita Tahmasebi, by Jim Cave. Darvag, San Francisco, Ca

1993 Opera of the Three Wise Piglets by Roham Sheikhani. Darvag Theatre Company, Berkeley, Ca

1992 Theatre of Theatre by Farhad  Aiesh. Darvag Theatre Company, Berkeley, Ca                                            

Film

2009-10 Embrace of the Irrational, Jonn Herschend, Southern exposure, San Francisco, Ca

2004 Try again. Full Time Films. Oakland, Ca

2003 The Maltese Curse. Purcherd Camel. San Francisco, Ca

I am a Sex addict. Kaveh Zahedi. San Francisco, Ca

Why do you dance like a black boy? Robert Karimi, Kaotic good Productions, Fremont, Ca

1996 Walls of Sand. Ginger Productions. San Francisco, Ca

1992 Death of Half an Ass Poet. Farahi Productions, Los Angels, Ca

1989 Mud Travelers.  Sydney Carson, Oakland, Ca

1988 Homeless. Tiger Lilly Productions, Oakland, Ca         

Reviews, Bibliography

“Minimalism & Maximalism of Ali Dadgar”   Jonathan Curiel, SF Weekly, January 2020

“East of the West: Middle East Artists” Mary Elsenhart, SF Chronicle,96 Hours, San Francisco, May 15, 2008, Pg G-25

SWEE(T)ART Magazine, Lexa Walsh, Issue Nine, Spring 2008, Oakland, Ca

SoFA Sight, Michael S. Gant, Metro Active, August 15, 2007, San Jose, Ca

“Suitcase examines shades of immigrants’ dislocation”, Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle, San Francisco, Sept.14, 2006, Pg E5

“Iranian artists explore a culture in the crosshairs” Jonathan Curiel SF Chronicle, San Francisco: June 11, 2005 Pg E1-10

“Effacements: On the Wall “David Downs.  East Bay Express, Berkeley:  April  6-12, 2005, Pg 162

“Somewhere Elsewhere:  Diasporic Visions of Space and Subject.”  Laura J. Kuo. Fuse Magazine. Toronto:  Vol. 28, No.2.  Page 41

“Chico-Iranian Project.” Photo Essay.  Lip Magazine. San Francisco:  November 2004.  Pg 23

“Arabs. Muslims. How does the West See Them?  Artists use Bold Strokes to Penetrate Stereotypes” Jonathan Curiel Cover of Date book. San Francisco Chronicle.  San Francisco:  October 23, 2004. Pg E10-11

“The King is Dead.” Lisa Drostova. East Bay Express. Berkeley:  September 8, 2004. Pg 34

“Royal Pain” Robert Avila. San Francisco Bay Guardian. San Francisco: September 1, 2004. Pg. 42

“Iranian Americans Put Themselves on World Stage with ‘Death of Yazdgerd.” Jonathan Curiel. SF Chronicle.  San Francisco:  August 27, 2004. Pg E1

“ReOrient”   Michael Scott Moore. SF Weekly. November 2003. Page 37

“Short Plays Shine Light on Facets of Life in t Middle East.”  Robert Hurwitt. Date book. San Francisco Chronicle.  Nov. 4, 2003. Pg D2

“ReOrient 2003” Robert Avila. San Francisco Bay Guardian. San Francisco:  November 12, Vol. 38, No.7

“Art Pick of the Week”  Peter Frank, LA Weekly, Los Angeles, September 9,, 1994, pg 118

“Picturing Sensitivity” Marlena Donohue, Rave! Daily Breeze, Los Angeles,  August 12, 1994 , pg K24

“Exhibit explores Iranians in Exile”  Nancy Garza, Glendale News Press, Glendale,  Aug 10, 1994  pg A-7

“Artists in Exile”  Kristopher Kaiyala, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Los Angeles,  August, 1994 , pg 17

“Passion for Persia”  Fredrick M. Brown, The Outlook, Los Angeles,  June 25, 1994 , page Cover

“Through the lens of Iranian Culture”  William Wilson, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, July 2, 1994, pg. F12

“Labyrinth of Exile”  Rodney Tanaka, Summer Bruin, Los Angeles,  June 27, 1994 , pg 34

“Irangeles”, Barbara Hernandez, Daily Bruin, Los Angeles, May 13, 1994,  pg  30

“Faces of Exile”  Mathis Chazanoyv, LA Times, Westside, Cover Story, Los Angeles, May 12, 1994 , pg 12-16

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