Ala Dehghan was born in Teheran in 1982; she lives in Brooklyn, NYC. She makes use of images, objects, and everyday materials that she then fragments and blends together in mixed-media works. These consist of layers of painting and collage mainly on paper or acetate. This process of destroying and reconstructing the images and symbols of contemporary social and cultural dynamics, of the place in which she lives and the culture she comes from, is a continuous reflection on femininity, a philosophical meditation on loss and transformation.
Her most recent solo shows include Jump-Cut to Eyeline-Match: Forgetting the Sound of Her Voice, Otto Zoo; The Upside-down Scenery, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens; and I can explain everything, at the Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. She has taken part in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at the Delfina Foundation, and was a finalist for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize. In 2013 she gained her MFA in painting and printmaking from the Yale University School of Art.