Iman Raad (Mashhad, Iran 1979) received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University (2017), and is the 2017-2018 Shandaken Projects’ Paint School fellow. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn.
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, representating the contemporary Persian graphic design movement.
Iman Raad will be featured in the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (2018). His recent solo exhibitions include Tongue Tied, Sargent's Daughters Gallery, New York (2017) and Forty Drawings and So, Dastan Gallery, Tehran (2016).