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BOBAK ETMINANI

Lives and works in Tehran since 1992

Born on March 3, 1957, Tehran, Iran

 

EDUCATION

1991 MFA, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

1989 BFA (high distinction), California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 A Retrospective (and book launch), Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran

2017 Organic Expanses, Dastan+2, Tehran, Iran

2016 The Cradle of Time (performance/installation), No. 6 Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2013 Grey Paintings, Art People Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

2011 Genesis, Matn Gallery, Esfahan, Iran

2010 Observations, Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 Recent Works, Khak Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 A Retrospective of Bobak Etminani, Imam Ali Museum, Tehran, Iran

2001 Creations, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

1995 Constellations, Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran

1991 Persian Themes (MFA Thesis show), California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

1989 101 pieces of Work (BFA show), Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland, California, USA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Nineteen/five, e1 Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 Art and HIV/AIDS Exhibition, Pardis Mellat Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 4th Art for Peace Festival, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2015 Two-Person Exhibit, Mim Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

2014 Expression and Abstraction, Pardis Mellat Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2014 From the Colloection of Lajevardi Foundation, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran

2012 Extraterrestrial, Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran 

2010 Thinking about art, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2010 Protect Wildlife Heritage, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India

2009 UN-HABITAT, University of Westminster, London, England

2008 Three Generations of Iranian Contemporary Artists, Art Center gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 Iranian Spring, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2006 4th International Painting Biennial of the Islamic World, Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute, Tehran, Iran 

2006 Abstract painting, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2005 Group Exhibit, Assar Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2004 Abstract, Abstract-figurative, Mah Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2003 Spiritual Outlook, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2003 A Group of Contemporary Artists, Bamdad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2001 10th Biennale of Dhaka, National Museum of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1999 Contemporary drawing of Iran, Bag Gallery, Tehran, Iran

1997 Commemorating Master Shahvaq: Contemporary Artist, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

1988 Iranian Collective Artists, Ackerman Hall Gallery UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA

1986 Faculties and Students in Drawing Department, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

1985 Group Exhibit of Foreign Students, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

1984 Local Artists, Picked by Glen Miles, Café Au Coquelet, Berkeley, California, USA

 

SELECTED JURY PANEL

2016 1st National Jokal Festival of Painting Students, Pardis Mellat Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 4th Biennial of Damonfar Festival, Pardis Mellat Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2009 UN-HABITAT, University of Westminster, London, England

2008 3rd Annual Montakhab-e Nasl-e No, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran

2006 6th Youth Art Festival of Western Provinces of Iran, Uramantakht, Kurdistan, Iran

2004 4th Annual of Contemporary Painters of Esfahan, Esfehen Museum of Contemporary Arts, Esfahan, Iran

2003 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2001 1st Youth Art Festival of Western Provinces of Iran, Marivan, Kurdistan, Iran

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1993 – Till now Etminani Classes, developed a comprehensive shortcut in art education

1993 – 2012 Lecturer, Faculty of Art and Architecture at Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2006 – 2009 Lecturer, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

2004 – 2005 Lecturer, Sureh University, Tehran, Iran

2001 – 2002 Lecturer, Elm-o Farhang University, Tehran, Iran

1993 – 1994 Lecturer, Art University, Tehran, Iran

1993 Initiated Etminani Classes, and developed a comprehensive shortcut in art education

1992 Member of the founding faculty to establish the Painting Department of the Faculty of Art and Architecture at Azad University, Tehran, Iran

1989 – 1991 Graduate Teaching Assistant of Professor Larry McClary, CCA, Oakland, California

 

SELECTED ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

2017 Painting: Gestural Behavior, Etminani Classes, Tehran, Iran

2016 Painting: Figurative Expressive, Etminani Classes, Tehran, Iran

2015 Drawing: Figurative Expressive, Etminani Classes, Tehran, Iran

2013 Drawing: Structure of Creativity, Art University, Tehran, Iran

2013 Drawing: Figure-Space-Motion, University of California, Berkeley, USA

2012 Drawing: Academic Roots of Action Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran

2011 Drawing: Academic Roots of Action Painting, Eshraq Gallery, Qom, Iran

2010 Drawing: Roots of Abstract Expressionism, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2009 Drawing: Geometry of Space, Azad University, Hamedan, Iran

2006 Analytical Figure Drawing, Ferdowsi Art University, Neyshabur, Iran

2004 New Approaches to Academic Drawing, Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran

 

SELECTED LECTURES

2018 Typology of Painting and the Five Genes, a Comprehensive Academic Shortcut in Teaching Drawing and Painting, University of Manchester, England

2015 Typology of Painting and the Five Genes, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran  

2014 Teaching in Iran: A Personal Journey, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

2011 My Experience at Qom, University of California, Irvine, California, USA

2011 Cosmological Concepts in Painting, Eshraq Gallery, Qom, Iran

2009 Abstract Nature of Nature, Azad University, Hamedan, Iran

2008 Bobak Etminani: Self Introduction, York University, Toronto, Canada

2006 Geometric Perception of Space, 6th Youth Art Festival of Western Provinces, Marivan, Iran

2002 Bobak Etminani: Self Introduction University of California at Berkeley, California, USA

2002 Academic Roots of Abstract Expressionism, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2001 In the Times of Horror, Tears and Hope, 10th Biennale of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2001 Similarities between Modern Art and Iranian Visual Traditions, Azad University, Tehran

1998 Color as Space, Faculty of Art and Architecture at Azad University, Tehran, Iran

1988 On Painting, Darvag Theatre Group, Berkeley, California, USA

 

SELECTED INTERVIEWS

2015 Thirteen Replies, Hengam Magazine, Shiraz, Iran

2010 Painting, Quantum and Wisdom, Shagh Daily, Tehran, Iran

2009 Abstract Misunderstandings, Tandis Magazine, Tehran, Iran

2008 Meaning is the heart of it, Iran Daily, Tehran, Iran

2007 Deliberate Accidents, Etemad Daily, Tehran, Iran

2007 I Surprise Myself,  Shargh Daily, Tehran, Iran

2007 No Longer Do Colors Beckon Me, Jam-e Jam Daily, Tehran, Iran

2006 In search of life, Jam-e Jam Daily, Tehran, Iran

2005 Our Visual Tradition is Abstract, Hamshahri Daily, Tehran, Iran

2005 Creating is Like Writing Poetry, Hamvatan Daily, Tehran, Iran

2002 Wisdom of Using Quantities, Herfeh: Honarmand Magazine, Tehran, Iran

 

SELECTED CRITIQUES

2008 A Man from Tehran, Richard Rhodes, editorial, Canadian Art Magazine, Toronto, Canada

2008 Too Far, Too Close, Ahmadreza Dalvand, Golestaneh Magazine, Tehran, Iran

2007 A Discovery on the Edge of Matter and Unmaterialistic World, M.R. Nowruzian, Etemad Daily, Tehran, Iran

 

ART CONSULTANT

2017 Roots and Stones, Tony Cragg Exhibition, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMoCA), Iran

 

PUBLISHED ESSAYS  

2017 Tony in Wonderland, Catalog, Roots and Stones, Tony Cragg Exhibition, TMoCA

 

ASSOCIATION OF IRANIAN PAINTERS (AIP)

2015 – 2018 Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, AIP, Tehran, Iran

2016 Director of the Exhibitions Committee: Designing/initiating The Comprehensive Research Expositions as ongoing internal biennale for the members of AIP (with more than 40 artists and 250 works in each Expo.)  

2016 Holding the 1st Research Expo. for members under 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2016 Holding the 2nd Research Expo. for members under 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2016 Holding the 3rd Research Expo. for members under 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2017 Holding the 4th Research Expo. for members under 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2017 Holding the 5th Research Expo. for members over 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2017 Holding the exhibition Landscape Up-close, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2017 Holding the 6th Research Expo. for members over 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2018 Holding the 7th Research Expo. for members over 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2018 Holding the 8th Research Expo. for members over 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2018 Holding the exhibition 7 Expos at One Glance, Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2018 Holding the 9th Research Expo. for members over 40, Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

 

BOOKS

2017 Bobak Etminani, Contemporary Art Publication, Lajevardi, Foaundation, Tehran, Iran

2013 Bobak Etminani, Painting: 1994-2010, Exhibit Catalogue, Art People Publication, San Francisco, California, USA

 

AFFILIATIONS

2002 Association of Iranian Painters, Tehran, Iran

1991 Alumni Association, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

 

AWARDS

2006 First Award, 4th International Painting Biennale of the Islamic World, Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute, Tehran, Iran 

1985 Third Prize, Group Exhibition of Foreign Students, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California, USA

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

52 Italia Avenue, apt. 6, Tehran 14166-13497, Iran. Tel: +9821-88972279

www.bobaketminani.com