Utilising his personal history as an entry point for engagement with the topics of race, representation, the body, and countries and cultures left behind, Amir H. Fallah’s sculptures, paintings, and installations are all deeply personal. Through the incorporation of of Western Art history imagery with patterns and references to Islamic Art, Fallah reflects his own background as an Iranian-American and is able to address generational immigrant experiences that are rife with movement, trauma, and celebration. His portraits of veiled subjects and his ornate installations engage with the formation of identity and representation.
Born in 1979 in Tehran, Iran, Amir H. Fallah’s family moved to the United States when he was a child. He received his BFA in Fine Art/Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2001 and his MFA in Painting from the University of California in Los Angeles in 2005.
He has been the recipient of numerous commissions from institutions such as the Vermont Corridor Public Sculpture Commission, the 18th Street Art Center Public Art Program, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tuscon. He was awarded the Northern Trust Purchase Prize from the Expo Chicago, the COLA Artist Fellowship, the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, among numerous others. Fallah’s work can be found in collections worldwide, including Plattsburg State Art Museum, Plattsburgh; Cerritos College Public Art Collection, Norwalk; The SMART Museum of Art at the University of Chicago; Microsoft Collection; and the Salsali Private Museum, Dubai. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.