Andisheh Avini Iranian-American, b. 1974


Andisheh Avini (b. 1974, New York) is an artist and senior director at Gagosian, New York. He uses painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture, often incorporating the traditional craft of marquetry in his artistic practice.

Andisheh Avini explores the duality of his own identity by combining iconic images like Persian calligraphy, decorative motifs, and portraiture with occidental concepts of minimalism and abstraction. Avini's approach speaks to a larger globalized society of nomads, the displaced, and the wayfarer, reflecting a contemporary multicultural experience to which many can relate.

He has held over 15 solo shows and his work have appeared in more than 26 group exhibitions. He started showing his work at I-20 Gallery in New York in 2002. Select solo exhibitions: "Red, White, and Blue" (+2 Gallery, Tehran, 2022) | "Homesick" (Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, 2019) | Galerie Frank Elbaz (Paris, 2016) | Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, 2015) | Galerie Frank Elbaz (Paris, 2014) | Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York, 2014) | I-20 Gallery (New York, 2011) | "Screw, Spread, Slip, Suck, Stab, Fall, Cross and Writhe" (Half Gallery, New York, 2010 ) | I-20 Gallery (New York, 2009) | Feinkost Gallery (Berlin, 2009) | Gavlak Projects (West Palm Beach, FL, 2008) | I-20 Gallery (New York, 2007) | Alberto Peola Fine Arts (Turin, Italy, 2006) | I-20 Gallery (New York, 2005) | Rome Arts (New York, 2003) | I-20 Gallery (New York, 2002). Select group exhibitions: "Soft Edge of the Blade" (Dastan Gallery at Frieze No.9 Cork Street, London, 2022) | "The Basilisk" (Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2017) | "Fétiche" (Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2016) | "Opposing the Binary" (Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, 2013) | "Poule!" (Fundación/Colección Jumex, Santa María Tulpetlac, Mexico, 2012) | "Sentimental Education" (Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL, 2011) | "We're all gonna die" (Number 35 Gallery, New York, 2009) | "Empire and Its Discontents" (Tufts University, Tisch Gallery, Sommerville, MA, 2008) | "Fit to Print" (Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2008) | "Theater of Cruelty" (White Box, New York, 2007) | , “Omnia Vanitas: Vanity is All” (Gavlak Projects, West Palm Beach, FL, 2007) | "Six Feet Under" (Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland,, 2007) | "The Gold Standard" (MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY, 2006 – 2007) | VOLTA 02 Show (with I-20 Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 2006) | ARCO 2006 (with I-20 Gallery, Madrid, Spain, 2006) | FIAC 2005 (with I-20 Gallery, Paris, 2005) | Art Forum 2005 (with I-20 Gallery, Berlin, 2005) | "Rimbaud" (I-20 Gallery, New York, 2004) | "Synapses" (Florence Lynch Gallery, Fashion Institute of Technology exhibition, New York, 2004) | Art Basel Miami Beach 2003 (with I-20 Gallery, Miami, FL, 2003) | "The Garden of Eden" (The Factory, New York, 2003) | The Armory Show 2003 (with I-20 Gallery, New York, 2003) | "Up in Arms" (Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY, , 2003) | "Friends and Family" (Lombard-Freid Fine Arts, New York, 2002) | Artissima 2002 (with I-20 Gallery, Turin, Italy, 2002) | Art Forum Berlin 2002 (with I-20 Gallery, Berlin, 2002).