Ala Ebtekar (b. 1978) is an American-based artist, researcher, and educator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He 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 science, philosophy, mytho-literary traditions, and pop culture together.
Ebtekar holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford University. His work has been exhibited widely internationally and throughout the United States in such shows as “Migrating Identities” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now”, a touring exhibition originating at the Asia Society, NYC, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, “Proximities” at the Asian Art Museum, “The Beginning of Thinking is Geometric” at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, 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 – Museum for Contemporary Art in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Ebtekar’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; Crocker Art Museum, CA, USA; Devi Art Foundation, India; and Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA, among others.
He has been teaching at Stanford University since 2009 in the Department of Art & Art History and Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford.