About Artist: lison Saar (born February 5, 1956) is an American sculptor, painter and installation artist whose work explores themes of African cultural diaspora and spirituality.Saar was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Laurel Canyon, California. Her parents were Betye Saar, a well-known African-American artist, and Richard Saar, an art conservationist. Both parents encouraged their three daughters, all artists, to look at a wide range of art. They were given books on art and were taken to area museums. They also saw Outsider Art, such as Simon Rodia's Watts Towers in Los Angeles and Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley. During high school, Alison began assisting her father in his restoration work. Dealing with artifacts from different cultures―Chinese frescoes, Egyptian mummies, and Pre-Columbian and African art―taught Alison about properties of various materials, techniques, and aesthetics. She received a BA from Scripps College (Claremont, CA) in 1978, having studied African and Caribbean art with Dr. Samella Lewis. Saar’s thesis was on African-American folk art.he received an MFA from Otis Art Institute, now known as Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA)he received an MFA from Otis Art Institute, now known as Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA).
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