Born in 1956 in Laurel Canyon, a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, Alison Saar received her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, CA in 1978, then an M.F.A. from the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA in 1981. Though she is of African American, European, and Native American ancestry, Saar’s work is especially inspired by African American culture, history, and narratives.
Alison Saar (born February 5, 1956) is a Los Angeles, California based sculptor, mixed-media, and installation artist. Her artwork focuses on the African diaspora and black female identity and is influenced by African, Caribbean, and Latin American folk art and spirituality. Saar is well known for "transforming found objects to reflect themes of cultural and social identity, history, and religion."