Biennials and in the Santa Fe Biennial, and featured on the cover of the Denver Art Museum magazine, Off the Wall.
In the late 1980's a well known art critic from New York discovered Tabatabai at the Denver Art Museum. The critic's acclaim drew the attention of numerous collectors in Colorado and New York City elevating his recognition to a new level. Tabatabai was represented by Lohin Geduld Gallery in Manhattan. As a result Sahand opened a second studio in the Lower East Side, living and working in New York City for more than 20 years, while spending summers with family and friends back home in Boulder.
Tabatabai's passion is painting, drawing, and sculpture. His fundamental training and understanding of real figurative art and landscape create the foundation for his deep exploration of the conceptual, and his extensive bodies of work in the abstract. His inspiration continually springs from his love and fascination with the natural world, both western and eastern art, as well as his relationships with beloved friends, family, and especially the children in his life.
Sahand continues to paint daily in his custom-built studio surrounded by his garden in north Boulder.