Babak Etminani


Born in March 3, 1957, Tehran.

Statement:
I am an artist who has been educated in the Modern West but
whose paintings, feelings and thoughts have been pointing at
the Mystical East. My vision seeks unity between the two
opposites of Modernism and Mystical traditions.

My art is about the Essence, the Hidden/Obvious, in its might
and majestic beauty. It is about the mystery and oneness of
nature as the greatest source of my inspiration. I paint to
beg the Inseparable to unveil a secret upon my canvas. If my
prayer were granted, a universe made of paint would come to
life before my eyes to which I bear witness. Thus, I paint to
remain in inner harmony with an outward expansion, and I
paint to unify my artistic will with the laws of physics and
the accidents of fate.

As a teacher, I have no doubt that there is a shining seed in
all students, regardless of their background, which is ready
to grow into a luminous tree if attended to. By evoking a
thirst for knowledge, activating movements in mind, and
stimulating the intuitive wisdom, I hope to provide enough
space for that seed to grow…and to grow with it myself. 

Education: 
1991, MFA in Painting/Drawing, California College of Arts and
Crafts
, Oakland, California.
1989, BFA in Drawing (with high distinction), California
College of Arts and Crafts.
1984, Certificate in Graphic Design, University of California
Extension in Berkeley.

Individual Exhibitions:
2001, Barg Gallery, Tehran.
1994, Aria Gallery, Tehran.
1991, Art Gallery, CCAC, California.
1989, Isabelle Percy West Gallery, CCAC, California.

Group Exhibitions:
1999, Barg Gallery, Tehran.
1998, Barg Gallery, Tehran.
1991, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, California.
1990, Seattle Museum of Art, Washington.
1987, University of California in Los Angeles.

Teaching Experience:
1997-2002: Azad University, Tehran, graduate studio courses.
1991-2002: Azad University, Tehran.
1992-1993: Art University, Tehran.
1989-1991: Graduate T.A. of Professor Larry McClary, Chairman
of the Drawing Department, CCAC, California.
1992-2002: My own independent classes in which I have shaped
and refined my ideas and skills about \\\"teaching-as-an-art-
form\\\". Five elegant courses have been produced to turn the
most complicated issues into common sense, and to fulfill
some
of the most essential needs of today\\\'s art student throughout
their formal education. These courses, which have enjoyed a
high degree of popularity and success, critically argue the
fundamental concepts of plastic art through a coherent
sequence of precise exercises that are easy to grasp.