b. Ahvaz, Iran. Lives New York, USA.
1984-1987 B.A.Hons Canterbury College of Art. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY: Co-Founder, Senior Member Lifetime Tenure, Board Member Selected
2017 Migrating Patterns, XVA Gallery, Dubai. 2015 Love & Ammunition, Rossi & Rossi gallery, London. Narratives: Hearts, Minds & Mythologies, Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson Schl, Princeton University, NJ. An Autobiography & Other Confessions, XVA Gallery, Dubai. 2014 Conflicting Narratives, B2OA Gallery, NY. 2007 Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, NY. 2005 Mirror of inclusion, Vernacular Press, New York. 2002 Veiled Icon, Skoto Gallery, New York. 1999/97/95/93 One Person Show, Mercury Gallery, London. 1997 One Person Show, Gallery Urd, Bergen, Norway.
Awards and Collections
Fellowship: Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca,NY
2018 Nomination: Anonymous Was A Woman Award
2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Painting fellowship
2016 Fellowship: Saltonstall Foundation, Ithaca,NY2016 Byrdcliffe AIR program – Woodstock, NY
2014 Bequest to The British Museum By Dr Diana Lipton
2014 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
2013 Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
2012 University of Virginia: Artist in residence fellow
2011 Omid Foundation, Tehran, Iran
2010 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painting/Sculpture
2010 The Burger Collection
2009 The Farjam Art Collection, Dubai
2008 Permanent Collection of the British Museum, UK
2008 The Donald Rubin Foundation (Rubin Museum) NY
2008 The Devi Foundation, India
2007 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship
2006 Yaddo Fellowship, NY
2002 Permanent Collection of the British Government, UK
1997 M&G Purchase Prize – Royal Academy, London, UK
2019 A Night Sear Journey, XVA Gallery, Dubai. American Psyche, EFA Studios, NY NY. Re-Orientations: Feminist Perspectives Rooted in the Near East and South Asia, La Esquina NY, NY.
2018 Apres Coup, Transforming Trauma into Art, Curated by Hallie Cohen, Hewitt Gallery of Art at Marymount Manhattan College, NY.
2017 Echo Curated by Azita Moradkhani at Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA. Facial Profiling Curated by David Terry & NYFA at C24 Gallery, New York. Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY – April – July Co-Curators: Deborah Frizzell, Harry J. Weil; Wave Hill, Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts & Senior Curator and Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts. Artists: Samira Abbassy, Jaishri Abichandani, Huma Bhabha, Chitra Ganesh, Scheherzade Garcia, Mariam Ghani, Fay Ku, Tracey Moffat, Zanele Muholi, Nancy Spero, Marie Watt, Yee I-Lann. 2016 The Human Image: Masterpieces of Figurative Art From The British Museum, International Touring Exhibition – The British Museum. The Simurgh, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, Baltimore. Persian Color, Curated by Bill Carroll, Shirin gallery NY. 2015 Bazm O Razm, Kevorkian Room, Islamic Dept. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Azadi va Edalet: Stories Retold by Contemporary Iranian Women Artists, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Artistic Weapons of Mass Communication, Curated by Souhad Rafey, FiveMyles gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 2014 Istanbul Art Fair with Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. 2013 Istanbul Art Fair with Todd Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco. The Body is Present, Curated by Deborah Frizzell, Ramapo College, NJ. Her Stories, Curated by Jaishri Abichandani, Taubman Museum, Washington, DC. Thanks, Curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus gallery NY. I Am My World, Curated by David Gibson, No Sphere gallery. Be/Longing, Curated by Monica Bose, Smith Center for the Arts, Washington, DC. Women Redrawing the World Stage, SOHO20 gallery, NY. Salam Bombay, Travels to Twelve Gates gallery, Philadelphia. 2012 Salam Bombay, Curated by Jasmine Wahi, Art Asia Miami. Fertile Crescent, Rutgers University, NJ. Her Stories, Curated by Jaishri Abichandani (SAWCC 15th Aniversary) Queen Museum of Art, NY. Fabian Walters Gallery presents at New Delhi Art Fair. 2011 Fluidity Layering & Veiling, Curated by Deborah Frizzell, Sacred Heart University, CT. And the falchion Passed Through his Neck, Curated by Jasmine Wahi, Latitude 28 gallery, New Delhi, India. Shapeshifters & Aliens, curated by Jaishri Abichandani Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London. 2010 Tough Love, Curated by Shaheen Mirali, Platforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal. Tehran, New York, Leila Heller gallery, New York. Promise of Loss (Traveled to), Arario Gallery, NY. 2009 Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York (Travels to DePaul University Museum – Chicago & the Farjam Museum – Dubai). Movers & Shakers, Leila Heller gallery, New York. The Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Korea.798 Beijing Biennale, China. 2008 Artists In Exile, Arario gallery, New York. Just Paper, Drawing Show, LTMH Gallery, New York. Conference of the Birds, Leila Heller Gallery, London. Tehran biennale, Urban Jealousy Tehran, Iran. Weaving the Common Thread, Iranian Artists, Queens Museum, NY. Changes In Time, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York. 2007 Two person show, England Gallery, London, UK. 2004 Two person show, England Gallery, London, UK. 2001 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Open Studios, New York, NY. Two person show, England Gallery, London, UK. 2000 Two Person Show, British Consulate, New York. 1998 Two Person Show – Joan Prats Gallery, New York
Reviews and Press
2021 Art Spiel – Samira Abbassy: Hybrid Iconography »
2017 Boston Globe – Review of “Echo” Curated by Azita Moradkhani at Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA
2015 Depart Magazine: Allegories of the present: Eternal Wars and Cabaret Crusades by Deborah Frizzell, November 2015
2012 Financial Times Lifestyle section interview by Nisa Qasi, September 2012
2011 Art Asia Pacific Magazine: Interview by Jaishri Abichandani, July 2011
Bob Edwards Radio Show, July 2009
Reuters Camera Interview, August 2009
New York Times – Review By Ben Genocchio, October 2007
Newsday – Cover Story – Feature Interview by Ariella Budick, October 2007
Washington Post, July 2007
2004 The Week Magazine -The Independent, London – Review, August 2004
1998 New York Times – Review, July 1998.
1997 The Times, London – Review, March 1997.