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, Alzahra University, Tehran


SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:                                                                                           












  • "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


  • "Van Gogh’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



  • "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/17ESSEX. 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, 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.




-Queer Scouts: group in-residence at Abrons Art Center & Movement Research, Spring/Summer 2017

-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




-O FLUXO, Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City, June 4, 2018

-Tzvetnik, Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City, May 2018

Artspace In Times of Perseus, curated by Sophie Landres, Sargent's Daughters, April 20, 2018

Artnews In Times of Perseus, curated by Sophie Landres, Sargent's Daughters, April 6, 2018

-Art Viewer, 40 Pest Street, Alyssa Davis Gallery, November 4, 2017

-Tzvetnik, 40 Pest street, Alyssa Davis Gallery, October 2017

-O FLUXO, 40 Pest Street, Alyssa Davis Gallery, October 19, 2017

-Artnet News: Editors’ Picks by Sarah Cascone, 16 Things to See in New York This Week / Not Right, September 25th, 2017

-Editors' Picks, ART HAPS: "Drawer", Deli Gallery, curated by Flat File, September 8th, 2017

-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.