Tala Madani was born in Tehran in Iran in 1981 and now lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied art at Oregon and Yale, where her tutor Peter Halley encouraged her to look at the work of Conceptual artist Mel Bochner.
Madani began to consider her painting through a Conceptual framework, using visual puns, tricks and other devices to draw attention to the illusionism of painting. Her subject matter is exclusively men, reversing the conventional focus on women and the female nude in Western art history. Madani’s paintings borrow the language of caricaturists to ridicule traditional modes of masculinity in increasingly inventive ways.