2022

LA TIMES

The more you look at this you’ll see how beauty illuminates the evil in the world

All of my art starts from a very personal place. In a lot of ways, the work is autobiographical, dealing with me coming to terms with being an immigrant in America, being a refugee in America and straddling two cultures, one very conservative, the other one very liberal. One very old, one very new.

2022

ART TACTIC

Amir H. Fallah - Artist

In this week’s edition of the podcast, we chat with artist Amir H. Fallah. First, Amir explains why he believes it is important for artists to openly discuss their experiences navigating the art world. Then, he shares some guiding principles that help him manage several aspects of his career.

2022

TATLER

How Revenge Shopping Inspired Artist Amir H. Fallah's New Hong Kong Show

As for many of us, the highlights of lockdown for artist Amir H. Fallah were mealtimes and receiving packages containing online shopping—the latter event so much so, it sparked the idea behind his first exhibition in Hong Kong, Joy as an Act of Resistance at the newly opened Denny Dimin Gallery in Wong Chuk Hang.

2021

FORBES

Amir H. Fallah, Painting For An Audience Of One With Lessons For A Lifetime

In past work, Fallah has explored the traditional conventions of portraiture while masking his subjects’ physical characteristics. All of his work begins with ideas of portraiture, but his aim is taking portraiture’s history and expanding on it, manipulating it, distorting it.

2021

ARTNET NEWS

“In Conversation: Artist Amir H. Fallah and Collector Liz Dimmitt” at Denny Dimin, New York

Amir H. Fallah’s latest show, “Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion,” on view at Denny Dimin through February 20, is inspired by his young son’s bedtime stories, but it still tackles hot-button issues such as racism, abuses of power, greed, and climate change.

2021

KCET

How Are Artist-Parents Adapting to the Pandemic?

For several months, Fallah and his partner would take turns structuring their work days around their son's care needs. With his partner working largely from home, Fallah found himself practicing art at the dining room table in a busy, full house.

2021

WHITEWALL MAGAZINE

Amir H. Fallah Paints a Roadmap for His Son

Amir H. Fallah’s show, “Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion,” is currently on view at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York. The new paintings imagined as a how-to manual for Fallah’s son, featuring icons, imagery, and references to the culture that forms us—from advertising and pop culture to the books we read as children.

Amir H. Fallah: "You Can't Teach What you Don't Know", 2021, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 152.4 x 640 x 5cm. Front View

2021

THE ART NEWSPAPER

Amir H. Fallah at Dio Horia Gallery

The works of Iranian-born, American artist Amir H. Fallah are largely an exploration of how history and cultures and, by extension, personal and collective identities and our relationship with others are constructed and received.

mir H. Fallah, The Wound Is The Place Where Light Enters You (2021). Acrylic on canvas. 137.16 x 182.88 cm. Courtesy Shulamit Nazarian.

2021

OCULA

Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian

The eclectic fields of Amir H. Fallah's paintings expand traditional notions of portraiture. Instead of spelling out a person's individuality, Fallah draws from Western painting vocabularies, vernacular imagery, along with details from his native Iran, including aspects from Persian miniature painting, to evoke stories of migration, celebration, and trauma.

2020

NEW YORK TIMES

2 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home

Amir H. Fallah’s paintings of cloaked figures in sumptuous interiors celebrate the possibilities of domesticity.

2020

NEW YORK TIMES

As Tensions Rise With Iran, So Does Interest in Art It Inspired

The year of the revolution, another future member of Iran’s artistic diaspora was born in Tehran: Amir H. Fallah, a figurative painter now based in Los Angeles. Because of the political turmoil in Iran, Mr. Fallah had a much more unstable childhood.

2020

NEW YORK TIMES

Come to Vote, Stay for the Art

In California, the Institute of Contemporary Art San José will open for voting, with a mural by Amir H. Fallah on display.

2020

APOLLO

The Armory Show and beyond

Denny Dimin, meanwhile, offers works by Amir H. Fallah. The Iranian-born, California-based artist’s elaborately conceived canvases draw on a range of pictorial traditions, from Persian miniatures to Dutch genre scenes and American Pop.

2020

SLEEK

The artists you can’t afford to miss at The Armory Show 2020

Californian artist Amir H. Fallah will be exhibiting a new series of paintings, entitled A Hybrid Heart, alongside a sound installation and stained glass sculpture. His mesmerising and highly textured works explore alternative narratives around identity.

2020

ARTNEWS

Scenes from the 2020 Armory Show

Three paintings by Amir H. Fallah on view in the Focus section in the booth of New York’s Denny Dimin Gallery.

2020

ARTFORUM

Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian

Known for his maximalist, floral tableaux and portraits of people shrouded by richly patterned fabric and often surrounded by objects referencing their own histories, painter Amir H. Fallah presents a new body of work here that departs from his earlier style.

2020

KCRW

Art Insider: Amir Fallah’s colorful paintings reflect his personal history from Iran to US

At Shulamit Nazarian in Hollywood, Amir H. Fallah’s new paintings cull references from various histories and cultures to create compositions that read like narrative tapestries.

2020

GQ

Iranian-Born Artist Amir H. Fallah Creates Work That Thrives In A Cultural Limbo

The 40-year-old artist paints idiosyncratic portraits that unfurl infinite narratives to his audience. Ask him, and he explains that his detail-rich, colour-drenched paintings are a new kind of portrait, one that shows a person without physicality at all.

2020

LA WEEKLY

Amir H. Fallah: No Gods, No Masters

Painter Amir H. Fallah is the father of a young son, and they love to read stories together. Every culture has its own universe of children’s literature, from myths and fantasy to more quotidian fables and cautionary tales, cartoons, comics[...]

2020

HYPERALLERGIC

Artist Residencies Need to Start Thinking About Parents

“I had to turn down four different residencies last year,” artist Amir H. Fallah told me, “my son is four years old and my wife has a full-time job.”

2020

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Weekend voters turn out in Bay Area — lured by museums, stadiums, planes

ICA San Jose commissioned the mural by Amir H. Fallah, titled “Remember This” and invited its board members to become poll workers. The vote plane cost $10,400, part of a $500,000 advertising campaign by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

2020

ARTILLERY

Pick of the Week: Amir H. Fallah

There are many stories that we have told ourselves in order to make our world make sense. These modern myths range from Columbus’ “discovery” of this continent to the very idea of the American Dream.

2020

CARLA

Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian

Three large round works feature on the entry wall leading to Remember My Child…, Amir H. Fallah’s current exhibition at Shulamit Nazarian. In each, a sumptuously detailed ring of flowers, plants, and other objects surrounds a central field of vibrant color, evocative of the dome of the heavens.

2020

HYPERALLERGIC

How Do You Paint Portraiture Without a Portrait?

What does it mean to paint portraiture without a portrait? Though Amir H. Fallah has spent his career grappling with this very question, his newest series — now on view in the show-stopping exhibition Remember My Child at Shulamit Nazarian — represents a departure from his previous work.

2020

THE DAILY

The Henry takes public art to the streets with upcoming exhibit ‘Set in Motion’

All of the artwork selected for the exhibition draws inspiration from the present moment and the pressing issues of this year. Amir H. Fallah, a Los Angeles-based artist, was delighted to take part in the exhibition and identifies its power to disseminate art in the public realm. “What really excites me about [public art] is there is a chance to have a dialogue with people who otherwise would not be able to see artwork,” Fallah said. Fallah said that while art may not normally be at the forefront of people’s minds, displaying the exhibition on buses invites public attention and discussion.

2020

HYPERALLERGIC

Amir H. Fallah: Remember My Child at Shulamit Nazarian

For this bright and imaginative solo show, Amir H. Fallah wondered what portraiture would look like without a portrait. Made for his five-year-old son, the portraits collect a father and son’s shared memories of children’s stories, movies, and more.

2019

SEEING IS FORGETTING

Seeing is Forgetting: With Jason Bailor Losh

Amir and I discuss how issues of identity manifest in his painting and daily life, his family’s immigration into the United States from Iran, as well as running a successful studio and surviving as an artist.

2019

NEW YORK TIMES

The Divine Resurrection of Stained Glass

Hollywood gallery Shulamit Nazarian, the painter Amir H. Fallah, 39, who was born in Iran and works in Los Angeles, created a small, darkened chapel in which he hung an illuminated 32-inch-by-42-inch stained-glass self-portrait [...]

2019

DAILY GAZETTE

On Exhibit: Identities built through collages at Union College’s Mandeville Gallery in Schenectady

One of the first works in the show is a sweeping installation by Amir H. Fallah. An entire wall is covered in a deep purple-colored paint, with a diamond-shaped canvas at the center.

2018

EAST BAY EXPRESS

Interface Gallery Exhibit “Opening the Trap” Explores Hybrid Identities

Amir H. Fallah’s paintings combine the portraits of Western tradition with decorative elements of Iranian and Islamic art.

2018

ARTNET NEWS

Shows! Shows! Shows! 34 New York Must-See Gallery Exhibitions to See This May

For his first solo show at the Denny Gallery, artist Amir Fallah’s body of work illustrates the immigrants in his Los Angeles community, painted in settings and poses that evoke European depictions of Orientalism, yet with the trappings of American culture.

2018

VOYAGE LA

Art & Life with Amir H. Fallah

I’ve always been interested in real stories and people. When I first began making art all of my work revolved around my personal experiences. Not all of it was self-portraits but it was certainly biographical.

2018

ARTSY

What Sold at EXPO Chicago

L.A. artist Amir H. Fallah received the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, and his painting, Calling On The Past (2018), priced at $12,500, was acquired by the permanent collection of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

2018

STAINED GLASS QUARTERLY

Amir Fallah: America, American, Americana United

Amir Fallah is kind, insightful and smart. He is a painter with degrees from The Maryland Institute College of Art and UCLA.

2017

YALE RADIO

Yale University Praxis: Amir H. Fallah

Amir and I discuss how issues of identity manifest in his painting and daily life, his family’s immigration into the United States from Iran, as well as running a successful studio and surviving as an artist.

2017

GULF NEWS

Amir Fallah's Dubai exhibit on the idea of home

Series of portraits of Iranian-American immigrants, depicted as anonymous figures identified only by their belongings.

2017

FLAUNT MAGAZINE

Amir H. Fallah Presents His First Solo Exhibition, "A Stranger In Your Home"

When it comes to coming to America, we are all strangers here. Maybe our parents or grandparents were immigrants, and we’ve had a chance to talk to them about that. Maybe it was even earlier, and the story has passed into the stuff of legend.

2017

ARTNOW LA

A Stranger In Your Home:
The Art of Amir H. Fallah

Amir H. Fallah‘s exhibition, A Stranger In Your Home is ambitious and clearly illustrates he is a prolific and talented artist.

2016

THE GUARDIAN

Universally Iranian: artists without borders – in pictures

After graduating college, he says it was clear that branding himself as an Iranian artist could have helped him financially. But he resisted.

2016

VOGUE PARIS

Sans titre (2016): Art’s new guard on show in Paris exhibition

Who? Amir H. Fallah What does he do? The Tehran-born artist links paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and collages in a development of complex motifs. His works are used for the study of deconstruction, mainly his portraits that encourage self-reflection on identity. He has exhibited in the USA and in the Middle East.

2016

HYPERALLERGIC

Exhibition in Former Hospital Puts Both Art and Gentrification on Display

[...] Amir H. Fallah’s second-floor installation composed of paintings, textiles, and black lights transforms one end of a large room into an immersive and mesmerizing spectacle

2015

KCET

Amir H. Fallah: Expressions of Identity

Amir H. Fallah, L.A.-based Artist Lab Resident at 18th Street Arts Center, presents "Perfect Strangers," a project that explores the nature of self and the role of objects in our expressions of identity.

2015

ARTILLERY

Amir H. Fallah, by Peter Frank

Despite their welter of contrivances, and their aesthetic dependency on such elaboration, Amir Fallah’s paintings maintain a deep, charming and abiding sense of mystery.

2015

HYPERALLERGIC

Three Solo Shows Reshape a Single Museum

At the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, three solo exhibitions by Mark Cowardin, Amir H. Fallah, and Rodolfo Marron III are linked by their scrutiny of earthly and spiritual environments.