Iman Raad (Mashhad, Iran 1979) received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University (2017), and was the Shandaken Projects’ Paint School fellow (2017-18). He is currently a resident in the Queens Museum Studio Program. He lives and works in New York City.
Iman Raad's work presents a contradictory combination of beauty and fear. His work addresses humankind’s anxieties by staging a traumatic scene of a disturbance in reality. He foregrounds ornamental elements, which that inverting the art historical narrative of ornamentation. His work presents subjects like birds and fruits, that are extracted from traditionally decorative and neutral contexts and juxtaposed with present concerns and future plans.
Aside from painting, Raad is also an internationally acknowledged graphic designer, included in The Phaidon archive of five hundred designs that matter, representing the contemporary Persian graphic design movement.
His recent solo exhibitions include Tongue Tied, Sargent's Daughters Gallery, New York (2017) and Forty Drawings and So, Dastan Gallery, Tehran (2016). Recent exhibitions include group show at The Flag Art Foundation in New York (Sep 2018), Standing Still, Lying Down, As If at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) (Oct 2018), and the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in QAGOMA Brisbane, Australia (Nov 2018).