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




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

-tzvetnik, 40 Pest street, Alyssa Davis Gallery, October 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.