Ala Ebtekar is an artist, researcher, and educator. Ala Ebtekar is an American-based visual artist who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ebtekar is known primarily for his work in painting, drawing, and installation that explores the juncture between history and myth, forging a multi-faceted project that melds Persian mythology, science, philosophy and pop culture together. Ala Ebtekar was born to Iranian activist parents and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University, where he now teaches. His upbringing led him to explore the spaces between cultures, both shared and separated. Such experiences evolved into a practice that disquiets dominant notions of identity and complicates cultural difference.
His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States in such shows as “Migrating Identities” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Asia Society, NYC, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, “Proximities” at the Asian Art Museum, UAE, the 2014 Xinjiang Biennale, “State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now” at Crystal Bridges Museum, and “The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989” at the ZKM. Ebtekar’s works are part of notable public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; Berkeley Art Museum, CA, USA; deYoung Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany.