Roya Ebtehaj is a multifaceted artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She Intermingles art and technology by exploring the digital culture that has formed due to the ways individuals interact with current media and consume information.
Ebtehaj utilizes XR, 3D, animation, video, web, print, and installation to bring her ideas to life. Her artistic endeavor is framed by her Iranian background along with her identity interlaced in the diaspora. Ebtehaj draws inspiration from childhood memories during a regional war and a lifetime of confronting the restrictions of state censorship and international sanctions. She also enjoys incorporating humor and nostalgia through the juxtaposition of internet pop culture and Persian motifs.
Ebtehaj has exhibited her work internationally in different venues, including Kyoto Shibori Museum, Usak Archaeology Museum, National Center for Contemporary Arts in Minsk, Root Division, B4b4lab, Maker Faire, Richmond Art Center, and Berkeley Art Center. She is currently an Inclusive Postdoctoral fellow at Santa Clara University in the Department of Art and Art History, teaching digital media courses.