Tehran, 1982. Lives and works in New York


2013 MFA, Painting & Printmaking, Yale University, New Haven

2009 MA, Painting, Tehran University, Tehran

2005 BFA, Persian Miniature Painting, Azahra University, Tehran


SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:                                                                                           

2016 "The Armory Show", Ala Dehghan & Panos Tsagaris, Kalfayan Galleries, Pier 94. Booth 823   

2015 "Jump-Cut to Eyeline-Match: Forgetting the sound of her voice”, Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan, Italy

2011 "The Upside-down Scenery", Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece

2010 "I can explain everything", Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, USA

2009 "Life is my sister", Aaran Gallery, Tehran, Iran




"Drawer", curated by Flat File, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, September

"Group Portrait", Unisex Salon, Brooklyn, New York, July and August

"The Cactus Show" curated by Dan Gratz and Letha Wilson, Craryville, New York. July

Special Topics: "Exhibiting", A roundtable discussion with galleries and curators, The Cooper Union, New York, April

NYC Creative Salon, "Structure 5", moderated by Lauren Comito, Brooklyn Brush, Brooklyn, New York. April

"OVERVIEW" LA Art Book Fair. Printed Matter, Inc. Los Angeles, CA. February

"OVERVIEW" curated by Lewis Teague Wright & Steven Vainberg, SAMUEL, Chicago, IL. January


"Queer Scouts" by Justine Williams and Eva Peskin, set design by Ala Dehghan, Leslie Lohman Museum, New York, November

"STATE" curated by Ashkan Sanei, Homa Gallery, Tehran, October                                                       

"SENSE: A Play" by Chloe Rossetti, costumes by Ala Dehghan, La Plaza Cultural, New York, September

"New Barracuda" curated by Nicholas Cueva, Neumann Leather Factory, Hoboken, NJ, September

"Bomb Pop Up" curated by Drea Cofield, 1822 Futon st. Brooklyn, New York. July                              

"NEWS AND WEATHER" curated by Gordon Hall and Brian Droitcour, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, July  

"MEMORY ROOM" curated by Andrew Ross, SeeThru Events|Outpost Gallery, New York, June  

"Curiosities" curated by Chaeri Lee, Grace Gurley Linderholm, Dillon Petito, Hannah Strauss, and Valentina Van de Weghe, 17 Essex Street, New York, May                                                                    

"THRU THE RABBIT HOLE", Sideshow Gallery, Nation IV, New York. January-April


"The landscape changes 30 Times.", curated by Ala Dehghan, Anahita Gallery [Porsesh, The Institute of Political Economic Studies], Tehran, October

"Can a Painting Think?", James Brittingham & Ala Dehghan, The Gowanus Studio Space, New York, September

"The List", curated by Ashkan Sanei, O Gallery, Tehran, August

"EYE & I(II)", Open Studios(II), Vermont Studio Center, The Schultz Studio, VT, June 30th                    

"EYE & I(I)", Open Studios(I), Vermont Studio Center, The Schultz Studio, VT, June 15th                       

"Thirteen Artist for A New Day", curated by Fereydoun Ave, Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, March                                                   


"Incident Light: Gendered Artifacts and Traces Illuminated in the Archives", curated by Leila Pourtavaf and Azar Mahmoudian, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, ON, Canada. May-July                 

"How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare", Curated by Raul Zamudio, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey, México. May

"Zoo#1" Modern to contemporary: (1941-2014), curated by Iman Safaei, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, May

"The Lady With The X-Ray Eyes", curated by Raul Zamudio, Boris Georgiev Gallery, CONTEMPO 2014, Varna, Bulgaria. April

"PAINTINGWALL (Janus at 8:16)", curated by Ala Dehghan, Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA. January & February

"A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It", Slide Slam, Queens Museum theater, Queens Museum of Art, New York. January


"A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It", curated by Raul Zamudio, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY. December & January 2013-2014 

"I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO HEAVEN", Kremer Pigments Inc. New York, December&January 2013-14

"Scraps", The Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA. December

7th Annual Art Auction Benefit, South Asian Women Creative Collective, New York, November

"Process/Practice/Portfolio 2.0", Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York , July

"Medium Cool", Prairie Production Gallery, curated by Ria Roberts, Chicago, Illinois. August

"Drawing Week", Homa Art Gallery, curated by Shahrouz Nazari, Tehran, February

"MFA 2013 Thesis Show", Green Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, January              


"MFA 2013(first year show)", Green Gallery , Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT, September

"The Jacket Show", curated by Florencia Escudero and Randi Shandroski, Fuel: 516 Chapel Street. New Haven, CT

"Documentary of Sea", Curated by vahid Sharifian, XVA Gallery, Dubai, February                  


"15 Years Thomas Erben Gallery", Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, May

"Third Eye", contemporary art from Iran, Curated by Raul Zamudio, Shanghai, China, March

"HEAR ME ROAR", Curated by Atteqa Ali, The Jam Jar, Dubai, March

"My Super Hero", Morono Kiang Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March

"13 x 18", Curated by Iman Safaei, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, March                                                 

"Open Studio + Artist Talk", The Delfina Foundation, London, March


"Vangogh’s Ear" , Gallery 10, Tehran, December 2010

"Contemporary Notes", Asar Art Gallery, Curated by Vahid Sharifian, Tehran,Iran, November

"Iran Today", Curated by Shahram Karimi, Brigitte Schenk Gallery, Cologne, Germany, December

"Shemage", Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, August                                                                              

"Iran-Today", Il Gabbiano Gallery, Rome, Italy, July                                                                           

"12 Cubed", Aun Art Gallery, Curated by Human Mortazavi, Tehran, May                                       

"Today I`m going Away–I stay in Tehran", Curated by Rischa Paterlini, Cream Gallery, Milan, March

"Iran; DiVerso Black and White", Gallery Verso, Torin, Italy, February


"Raad O Bargh", Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, July

"Looped and Layered",Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, May

"Work on Paper", " LAAL Collection" by Fereydoun Ave, Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, March

"Iran , Now", Silk Road Gallery, Tehran, February

"Raad O Bargh", Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, February

"Gol o Bolbol", Tarrahan-e Azad Gallery, Tehran, January


"The song of nightingales from the oil rich fields", Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Arts, Esfahan, January


"Radical Drawing", Tehran Art Gallery, Tehran, November

Tarrahan-e Azad Gallery, Tehran, October

Lale Art Gallery, group painting show, Tehran, March


Lale Art Gallery, group drawing show, Tehran, October

"6th Persian Painting Biennial”, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran


"Visual Art Festival", Saba Art Center, Tehran




-Co-director/Curator, MILLER Contemporary NYC. September 2016 - present

-"The Landscape Changes 30 Times.", Anahita Gallery / Porsesh: The Institute of Political-Economic Studies, Tehran, 2015

-"PAINTINGWALL (Janus at 8:16)", Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA. 2014




-Special Topics: "Exhibiting", A roundtable discussion with galleries and curators, The Cooper Union, New York, April 2017

-NYC Creative Salon, "Structure 5", moderated by Lauren Comito, Brooklyn Brush, Brooklyn, New York. April 2017

-"A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It", Slide Slam, Queens Museum theater, Queens Museum of Art, New York. January 2014

-"Process/Practice/Portfolio 2.0", Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York , July 2013

-"Open Studio / Artist Talk", The Delfina Foundation Artist Residency, London, March 2011




-Fruit of the Forest Magazine, Artist Interviews, Ala Dehghan, by Federica Tattoli, March 2016. 

-EuroNews, “The Landscape Changes 30 Times.” by Pantea Bahrami, October 2015.

-Of No Fixed Address, Mirth and Melancholia: an interview with Ala Dehghan, Baumtest Art Publication, Issue #2, by Laila Riazi, Los Angeles, CA, April 2014.

-The Liquid Issue, Lutefisk Magazine, by Ben Ross Davis, June 2013.

-Deutsche Welle Radio, by Elahe Helbig, July 2010.

-Radio Zamaneh, by Pantea Bahrami, July 2010.

-Nafe Magazine, by Sama Babaee, June 2010.




-Awarded “Vermont Studio Center” Artist Residency, June-July 2015

-Awarded Full Scholarship, Yale School of Art, MFA program, 2011-2013

-Awarded “The Delfina Foundation” Artist Residency, January-April 2010

-Shortlist of Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, April 2009




-Art Viewer, Overview, SAMUEL, Chicago. March 1st, 2017. 

-PURPLE FR. /PURPLE DIARY, "Memory Room", Elise Gallant, June 29, 2016                                       

-Art F City, "We Went to The Armory Show: How To Spend It." by Michael Anthony Farley and Molly Rhinestones, 04/03/2016.

-Exibart Magazine, by Matteo Bergamini, 01/17/2016. 

-ATP DIARY, by Elena Bordignon, 12/21/2015.

-ARTRIBUNE, Mappe mnemoniche a Ginevra Bria, 12/18/2015. 

-Cerchio Magazine, by Andrea Lacarpia, 12/09/2015.

-The American Reader, TEMPLUM #2: I Have Never Been to Heaven/ Glacier/ Dugite/ Poltergeist, by Chloé Rossetti, April 2014.

-Modern Painters, "The Insanity of Iran", Benjamin Genocchio, May, 2011, pp. 48-56

-Drawing Center, "I can explain everything.", by Julia Horn, July 2010.

-Time Out Magazine, Critics’ Picks, "I can explain everything.", by Howard Halle, July 2010.

-New York Times, Looped and Layered, by Holland Cotter, 30 July 2009.

-Frieze Magazine, Raad O Bargh, by Emily Verla Bovino, 21 April 2009.

-Wallpaper, Raad O Bargh, March 2009.

-Pool Magazine, by Sahar Afazeli, May 2010.

-Etemaad Newspaper, by Amir Farhad, April 2009.

-Golestaneh, by Ahmadreza Dalvand, May 2009.

-Tehran Avenue, by Fereydoun Ave, March 2009.

-Etemed Newspaper, by Helia Darabi, December 2007.

-Tandis biweekly Art magazine, by Mehrdad Amini, September 2006.




-"OVERVIEW", SAMUEL, LA Art Book Fair. Printed Matter, Inc. February 2017

-A zine, The Bomb Pop-Up! Recipe Book, New York, July 2016   

-Memory Room, Catalog, Curated by Andrew Ross, Outpost Gallery, June 2016                                                         

-Baumtest, Issue #2: of no fixed addressMirth and Melancholia: an interview with Ala Dehghan, Los Angeles, CA, April 2014.

-"A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It", exhibition catalog, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, December 2013-January 2014.

-Lutefisk Magazine, The Liquid Issue, New York, June 2013.

-The Jacket Show, Exhibition Catalog, New York, 2012.

-Cheshm(eye #32), "Ala Dehghan(portraits)", Mahriz Publication, Tehran, 2011.