Alison Saar was born in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BA in art history in 1978 and in 1981 she earned her MFA. Saar became an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in the 1980s. Her work frequently transform found objects to reflect themes of cultural and social identity, history, and religion.
Saar says that much of her work may be interpreted as autobiographical, and nearly all of her sculptures and prints explore aspects of the female experience. Saar’s art is included in museums and private collections across the U.S. She has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, two artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A) Artist Fellowship.