Tala Madani | the artist

The artist Tala Madani
Born 1981, Tehran, Iran.
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Greater New York,

Iranian-American artist. Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2012. Despite the presence of cakes and candles, the scenes in the paintings of Iranian artist Tala Madani are far from celebratory. Madani’s world features middle-aged, Middle Eastern men in ritualistic cartoony episodes. Her characters are paunchy, crude and usually bald (but too hairy everyplace else.) These fidgety foreigners play somber, mildly treacherous games—slapping, plucking, tattooing, waxing, and burning—which evoke torture and strange homoerotic foreplay in equal measure. The paintings delight in their own cruelty and use humor to drag us in.

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