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Ali Dadgar

Artist Biography

Over several decades, Oakland-based multimedia artist Ali Dadgar has explored universal themes of censorship, colonization, ‘otherness’, and identity filtered through his own Iranian and American experiences. Working across multiple mediums and series simultaneously, Dadgar’s ideas take shape through performance and 2-dimensional mixed media art. He is deeply familiar with the conventions of printmaking and formal Western approaches to art, which he absorbs and upturns through his practice. By layering historical symbols, handwritten notes, photographs, self-portraits, and found materials from rugs to maps, Dadgar’s art maintains an undercurrent of dark humor that strives to recontextualize the unexpected. These elements are manipulated either digitally or manually, through painting or drawing, and form a new visual language – one of redaction, remapping, and erasure. Through autobiography and self-deprecation, Dadgar summons figures of otherness in a place filled with tradition, history, humor, and paradox.

Dadgar (b. 1962) received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, in 1989 followed by an MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He was a lecturer in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California Berkeley between 2006 and 2009 and is the recipient of multiple awards, including the UC Berkeley Outstanding GSI Award in 2007. His work has been placed in prominent private and public collections, including the University of California Berkeley Morrison Library.

Artist CV

Select Artworks

Untitled Set of 7, 2022
Mixed media on paper
12 x 16 in

The Shame Cabinet, 2021
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 48 in

Mad to Live, 2017-2018
Mixed Media Silk Screen and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
78 x 58 in

No Redemption, 2020
Mixed Media Silk Screen and Acrylic Paint on Canvas
75 x 55 in

Featured Exhibitions

Resilience: Summer Group Exhibition 2023

July 27th - August 26th, 2023

Iranian Mint: A Contemporary Art + NFT Exhibition- In Collaboration with MetaMural

July 23rd - August 6th, 2022

Holiday Hang 2021

December 18th, 2021 – January 8th, 2022

Summer Art Bash – 2019

Group Exhibition

Art Brief IV

Iranian Contemporary San Francisco - 2018

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