Alison 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 are Betye Saar, a well-known African-American artist, and Richard Saar, an art conservationist. 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. She received an MFA from Otis Art Institute, now Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA) in 1981.