Ala Ebtekar was born in Berkeley in 1978 and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 followed by a Masters of Fine Arts from Stanford University in 2006. He is currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Through a steady career that has incorporated sculpture, photography and installation, Ala has continually returned to his initial passion of drawing and painting. The artist’s practice is informed by history, Persian mythology, science and philosophy, which he juxtaposes with contemporary and pop-culture elements – the works eventually exhibiting a collision of the past and present in a deconstruction/reconstruction of time and space.
Ala’s work has been widely exhibited internationally. His solo shows include Nowheresville, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2015); Parallax, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA (2014); Absent Arrival, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA (2012); Elsewhen, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE (2012); Indelible Whispers of the Sun, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2010); Re-emergence, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA (2010); 1388, The Third Line, Dubai UAE (2009); Hampah, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2009); Emergence, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, USA (2006).
His work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including RTL:LTR, Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran (2017); Misappropriations, Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA (2015); State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville USA (2014); The Vastness is Bearable, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California, CA (2014); The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE (2013); Migrating Identities, Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco Proximities//What Time Is It There?, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA (2013); Post-Pop, Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran (2012); Art World After 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lorenzstrasse, Germany (2012); The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989, ZKM – Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011); Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA (2009); SELSELEH/ZELZELEH: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA (2009).
Ala’s works are part of several notable public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA, USA; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; de Young Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, USA; and Farjam Collection, UAE.
Ala currently lives and works in California, USA