Taravat Talepasand (born 1979 in Eugene, Oregon) is an Iranian American contemporary artist and educator based in San Francisco, California. She is best known for her paintings, drawings, and sculptures addressing cultural taboos, displaying a juxtaposition of cultural stereotypes and expressing female empowerment. Her works have been collected by the De Young (museum) and the Orange County Museum of Art.
Talepasand received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2001 and MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 2006. She currently works in the Painting Department at SFAI and in the past has taught at California College of the Arts (CCA).
In the 2014 exhibition, Theory of Survival: Fabrications curated by Taraneh Hemami at Southern Exposure gallery brought together twelve San Francisco Bay Area Iranian-American artists to display work in their own booth, similar to a traditional bazaar. The space allowed for a gathering place for Iranian American artists and allowed for more community dialog. Talepasand's own booth featured souvenir-type items for sale such as t-shirts, magnets and CDs, highlighting the relationship between consumer culture and the arts but also addressing Orientalism. Artists participating in the exhibition included; Hushidar Mortezaie, Morehshin Allahyari, Haleh Niazmand, Ala Ebtekar, Sanaz Mazinani, Ali Dadgar and Gelare Khoshgozaran.
Her work has been featured in Art in America, The Huffington Post, New American Paintings, Art Papers, The Boston Globe, SOMA Magazine and many more. Talepasand has exhibited her work in United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Talepasand was one of forty artists selected by the Orange County Museum of Art for the 2010 California Biennial.