Upon viewing Ali Banisadr's Red , the spectator is immediately struck with a sense of catastrophe. The painting, which shifted from blue hues to red in January 2020, served as Banisadr's response to the global spread of the coronavirus—a time when the artist foresaw an impending crisis and sought to reflect that in his work. As is the case for most of his art, Banisadr's expressionistic sense of abstraction is driven by storytelling and owed in part to experiencing states of synesthesia. His work is full of lines that dive into cavernous depths of space and brimming with shapes suggesting the figurative presence of human and nonhuman subjects. Born from sound, sight, and the inspiration of literature such as The Odyssey and Dante's Inferno , Banisadr channels different energies into his paintings to create vivid works from contemplative pastel washes and dramatic bursts of reds, greens, and blues. Currently, his work is on exhibit in a solo show at Kasmin Gallery in New York until June 26, 2021. To discover more about his practices and how Banisadr incorporates history to create his abstractions, please see his recent article with ARTnews. Ali Banisadr, The Messenger (2021). Oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery. Ali Banisadr, Red (2020). Oil on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Kasmin Gallery.