She studied art of the University of Tehran where she earned her BA. She earned her MA from Hochschule from the Aufbaustudium an der Hochschule für Gestaltung.
Parastou Forouhar was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. The daughter of political activist Parvaneh Forouhar and politician Dariush Forouhar, her parents were murdered in 1988 and Parastou relocated to Germany in 1991, where she lives and works. Parastou Forouhar lives in exile because the Iranian government considers her to be a political threat.