Spring 2012 / Spring 2013 / Winter 2015 Through a steady and impressive career that has incorporated sculpture, photography, fashion, and installation, Ala Ebtekar has continually returned to his initial passion of drawing and painting. With meticulous deliberation to conceptual intent and aesthetic execution, he creates fluid, graceful pieces that inhabit a realm where the past and present collide in a perpetual dance of deconstructed and reconstructed time and space. Equally informed by history and contemporary culture, Ebtekar generates a catalytic visual language that expands the circle of cultural conversation.
Receiving his BA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 and his MFA degree from Stanford University in 2006. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and throughout the United States in such shows as “One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now”, a touring exhibition originating at the Asia Society, NYC, “2006 California Biennial” at the Orange County Museum of Art, and most recently in “The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989” at the ZKM – Museum for Contemporary Art in Germany. He has also had a strong presence in the Middle East, exhibiting throughout; in such galleries as The Third Line in Dubai, Aaran Art Gallery in Tehran, and Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem.
At IDA, Ala has taught a course entitled, Art in the Streets: Identity in murals, site-specific works, and interventions in public spacesas well as a directed study around a site-specific public art installation.