b. California USA


2010    MFA, Visual Arts, University of California, Riverside

1994    BA, Critical Film Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California



2019 Paul Smith x Captains of the Dead Sea, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London Kings Cross

2019 Paul Smith x Captains of the Dead Sea, Paul Smith Kyoto co-presented by Kyotographie+

2017       Paul Smith x Captains of the Dead Sea, Paul Smith Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Paris

2015       Captains of the Dead Sea, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles

2011       A Cavalier in Sight of a Village, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles

2010       Southland, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles

2009       Exposition, Phyllis Gill Gallery - UCR, Riverside, California 

2008       These Days, UCR Sweeney Gallery - Project Gallery Three, Riverside, California

2007       How Soon is Now, Peel, Los Angeles 



2019 In the Sunshine of Neglect, California Museum of Photography / Riverside Art Museum

2016 Recent Findings, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles

2016        Facts Make the Difference, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles

2016        On Landscape 3, Dorset, UK

2015        Gravity, Sloan Projects, Los Angeles

2015        On Landscape 2, Matèria, Rome, Italy

2014        Superficial LAndscapes, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, California

2014        Artists' Books and Cookies, presented by For Your Art, Ooga Booga, and Fundación Alumnos47, Ooga Twooga, Los Angeles

2014        On Landscape 1, Guest Projects, London, UK

2012        Landscape and Perspective, Art Rental and Sales Gallery at LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2011        Curve, CENTER, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011        Aground, Photo Center NW, Seattle

2011        Kamikaze, PØST, Los Angeles

2011        Genesis II, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California

2010        Neighborhood, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

2010        Backyard, Sam Lee Gallery at Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles

2010        Merck-Preis der Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Museum Künsterkolonie, Darmstadt, Germany

2010        MFA Thesis Exhibition, UCR Sweeney Gallery / California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California

2009        Ersatz, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco

2009        CAA Los Angeles MFA Exhibition, Gayle and Ed Roski Gallery, USC

2009        Sculpting Time, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

2008        Works on Loan from the 21st Century, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California



2019 NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

2015     Field_Notes - HYBRID MATTERs Residency, Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, Lapland, Finland

2013     Arctic Circle Residency, The Farm Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Spitsbergen, Svalbard

2011    Fundación Botín - Taller de Paul Graham - Residency, Santander, Spain

2011    CENTER Dealer’s Choice Award

2010    Merck Prize, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Darmstadt, Germany

2009    Gluck Fellowship for the Arts



2016   Projection for Two Stations - City of Santa Monica / National Endowment for the Arts public art project grant recipient 

2015   The Trail Ride, in partnership with Big City Forum, Los Angeles

2011-present    Program Committee Member and Teaching Artist, Shutterbugs Program, Pablove Foundation, Los Angeles

2012    Photography Workshop Leader, Getty Family Festival, in partnership with Community Arts Resources, The Getty Center, Los Angeles

2011    Photography Workshop Instructor, Active Arts at The Music Center, Los Angeles    



Osberg, Annabel "Captains of the Dead Sea" Artillery, Jan 5, 2016

Melrod, George “Captains for the Dead Sea at Sloan Projects” Art Ltd January/February 2016

Smithson, Aline "Alia Malley Captains of the Dead Sea" Lenscratch, Oct 26, 2015

Vellam, Nadia "Otherworldly Landscapes Made to Feel Like Media Artifacts" New York Times, T Magazine, Viewfinder July 31, 2014

Phelps, Andrew “A Cavalier in Sight of a Village” Buffet June 13, 2012

Bryant, Eric “The Best of the 2011 Pulse Miami Art Fair” Artinfo.com, Dec 3, 2011

A Cavalier in Sight of a Village, artist’s book, edition of 1000

Perello, Ibarionex “Alia Malley” The Candid Frame, Podcast, #117, July 19, 2011

Colberg, Joerg “A Conversation with Alia Malley” Conscientious Extended, June 28, 2011

Beil, Kim “A Lens on the Land.”  Art Ltd March/April 2011: 48-52.

Smithson, Aline "Success Stories: Alia Malley" Lenscratch, April 11, 2011

Romano, Heidi "Alia Malley - A Cavalier in Sight of a Village" Unless You Will, Issue 14, April, 2011

Prodger, Phillip. “Alia Malley in Southland” Prodger.com, January 18, 2011

Southland, Sam Lee Gallery, Exhibition Catalogue, 2010

Colberg, Joerg "Contemporary Photographers - Alia Malley" Conscientious, May 10, 2010

Severo, Fabio "Ground Glass Beauty" Hippolyte Bayard, May 7, 2010

Osterweil, Ara Sculpting Time, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Exhibition Catalogue , 2009

Frank, Peter “The Virtual Nature.” Exhibition Essay, Works on Loan from the 20th Century, RAM, 2008

Brooks, Amra “Must See Art”, LA Weekly, February 27, 2007 



Alia’s work is held in private and public permanent collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Library Special Collections, and the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. She lives and works in Los Angeles.