2014   MFA Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

1999   BA English, Trinity College, Hartford, CT

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (please contact artist for full CV)


2020    Re-rooted / Re-routed, Das Schaufenster Gallery, Seattle, WA

2020    Shiva Aliabadi, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta,  

2016     Abshar: Cascade, Fine Arts Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ

2014     Material, Helen and Abraham Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2013     Dialogues, Proxy Gallery, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA


2022    PHX ART NOW IV, MCC Art Gallery, Mesa, AZ

2020   Memory and the Chromatroposphere, Curated by Grant Vetter, mood room, Phoenix, AZ

2020   Not Originally From Here, Unless Otherwise Stated, Curated by Dawn Ertl, Online  exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

2020   Now, more than ever, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, New York

2020   Los Angeles Landscapes, Curated by Diane Williams, USC Roski,  

2020   Online Feature, Foundwork Art, Guest Curator Sharon Louden, New York, NY

2019    Online Feature, Field Projects Gallery, New York, New York

2019    Fresh 2019, SoLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018    Salon 2018, Peripheral Vision Press, New York, NY

2017    Peace Love and Light, Kunstraum-Dreieich Gallery, Dreieich, Germany

2017    LA Painting: Formalism to Street Art, Bruno David Gallery, Clayton, MO

2017    Bitter Candy, Gallery II, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2017    Black & White, Deutsche Bildung AG, Frankfurt, Germany

2017    live/work, Red Mill Gallery, Johnson, VT

2016    BLIND SPOT, Design Matters, Los Angeles, CA

2016    British Invasion, MOAH (Museum of Art and History), Lancaster, CA

2016    On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller, The Gamble House, Pasadena, CA; Curated by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)

2016    Homing Pigeon—travelling photo exhibit, Los Angeles, USA; Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Japan; Turku, Naantali, Finland

2016    Allusive Moment, MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016    Doppelgänger, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2015    Testament: Installations by Shiva Aliabadi and Allison Peck, Elephant Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

2015    Uncanny, MuzeuMM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015   Of Silence, Outpost Projects and Tilt/Export, Curated by Jenene Nagy, Yucca Valley, CA

2015   Splitting Light, University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY

2015    An Odyssey—10 Years at TAM, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2015    Yokohama-Tokyo-Los Angeles Triennial, Yokohama, Japan

2015    LA n CV 2, Choachella Valley Art Center, Indio, CA


2020   Snow Farm The New England Craft Program, Williamsburg, MA

2020   Banff Artist-in-Residence, Banff, Alberta, Canada

2019    Frankfurt Residency, Hosted by Sandra Mann, Frankfurt, Germany

2019    Artist-in-Residence, Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY

2018    Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Press, New York, NY

2016    Artist-in-Residence, Summer Residency Program, School of Visual Arts    

2014    Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

2014    Fellow, Otis-Sandberg Residency Exchange Fellowship, Amsterdam,   

2013    Anderson Ranch, Instruction by Jenene Nagy, Snowmass Village, CO

2011     Artist-in-Residence, Summer Residency Program, School of Visual Arts,  

2004-2010  Summer Writing Program, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

2002   Fine Arts Work Center, Instruction by John Yau, Provincetown, MA

2014    GLAMFA, California State University, Long Beach, CA

2014    Another Thing Coming, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2014    Itch, Scratch, Scar, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014    Potential Bodies, Space at 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA

2014    ELEVEN, Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2014    Tip the Wink, The Institute of Jamais Vu, London, England

2014    MAS (Ltd Ed), Studio 17, San Francisco, CA

2014    Out of Place, Historic Villa Riviera, Long Beach, CA

2013    MAS ATTACK 2, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2013    Los Angeles Juried Biennial at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles Municipal Art 


2022   Annual Student Art Show, MCC Art Gallery, Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ


2020   Jim Dinning and Evelyn Main Endowed Scholarship for Visual Arts (Banff Art Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada)

2019    Wassaic Residency Grant, Wassaic, NY

2017    Vermont Studio Center Residency Grant, Johnson, VT

2014    Vermont Studio Center Residency Grant, Johnson, VT

2014    Otis-Sandberg Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA/ Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013-2014  Otis Institutional Grant, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, 

2013    Second Place Award, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2012- 2013 Otis Institutional Grant, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles,CA

2012    Otis Franklin Grant, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2005   Graduate Student Council’s Travel Award, Clark University

2004   Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Clark University



Annetta Kapon: Proxy Gallery 10 Years, November, 2023,


Interview with Gallerist Anna Mlasowsky for Re-rooted / Re-routed, at Das Schaufenster Gallery, Seattle, WA, October, 2020,

Interview/Conversation between Shiva Aliabadi and Debra Scacco for Not Originally From Here, Unless Otherwise Stated, curated by Dawn Ertl, September, 2020,  

Wassaic Project. Now, more than ever (2020 Summer Exhibition). July, 2020.     

Vetter, Grant. Abshar: Cascade (catalogue on Shiva Aliabadi’s work and exhibition with Essay by Grant Vetter). June, 2020.


Brommel, Joe. Shiva Aliabadi, Artist-in-Residence, Interview with Joe Brommel, Wassaic Project, May 2019.


Peripheral Vision Press. “Salon 2018,” Peripheral Vision, Fall 2018.


Davis, Genie. “The British Invasion at MOAH,” Art and Cake, January 24, 2017,


Bode, Katie. “On the Verge of an Image: Considering Marjorie Keller by LAND at the Gamble House,” carla, October 21, 2016,

Clark, Artemis Marie Dolores. "Art + Architecture: On the Verge of an Image at The Gamble House," Tenoversix, December, 10, 2016, 


Johnson, Cooper. "Gallery Rounds: Allusive Moment, MiM Gallery," Artillery Magazine.  June 13, 2016,

Kapon, Annetta. Proxy Gallery: 2013-2016. Los Angeles, CA: Annetta Kapon, 2016.

Swenson, Eric Minh, “Shiva Aliabadi: British Invasion,” Vimeo, December, 2016,


Dabkowski, Colin. “In Living Color, UB Explores Boundaries of Perception,” The Buffalo News. October 19, 2015,

Foran, Jack. “Rainbow Collection: An Exploration of Color at UB Center for the Arts,” Artvoice, Issue v14n46, November 19, 2015,

New American Paintings, No. 117 (2015), MFA Annual

Osborne-Bartucca, Kristen, Interview, Contemporary Art Podcast, April 22, 2015, 


ARTRA Curatorial. “Emergent Presence: Eight LA Artists You Should Know,” FABRIK, Issue 23, February, 2014,   

Cadigan, Morgan. Interview, seeMag, Issue 2, Los Angeles, CA: 

Knight, Christopher. “Object lessons at Torrance Art Museum’s ‘Another Thing Coming,” Los Angeles Times, September 8, 2014.

New American Paintings, No. 115 (2014), Pacific Coast Issue

Osborne-Bartucca, Kristen. “Another Thing Coming, New Sculpture at Torrance Art  Museum,”Artillery Magazine, September 30, 2014.

Taylor, Jack. “Week 2—Artist Interview—Shiva Aliabadi,” September 8, 2014,

BLOG: Pulse Stream,


Glitter Guns, Cold Hard Cash, and Libtards: Natalie Baxter’s Plush Nerve, June 27, Pulse Stream,


One Giant Nervous Laugh: The Complex Work of Yoshie Sakai, October 4, Pulse Stream,


Interview with Tessie Salcido Whitmore, December 6, Pulse Stream,

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