“Through an elegant combination of drawing, painting and sculpture, Hadi Tabatabai's work describes a place that is as much an idea as a physical location. These compositions of thread, paint and wood embody liminality: that is, they create a constant experience of sensations that exist at the edge of perception.” For Tabatabai, the grid is a kind of place, "where we all arrive in our quest for understanding the self, and the self’s relationship with the infinite." The artist seeks to unite the sensibility of Eastern thought with the more systematic ideology of the West.
Hadi Tabatabai was born in Mashhad, Iran in 1964. He immigrated to the United States in 1977 and settled in California where he still lives and works. He received a BS in industrial technology from Fresno State University in 1985 and a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1995.