Samira Abbassy was born in Ahwaz, Iran & moved to London, UK as a child. After graduating from Canterbury College of Art, she began showing in London. In 1988 she moved to New York to help establish & found the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, where she currently has a studio & is a lifetime board member.
Her work is shown internationally & has been acquired for private & public collections, including: the British Government Art Collection, The British Museum, the Burger Collection, the Donald Rubin collection (Rubin Museum, NY), the Farjaam Collection, Dubai, the Devi Foundation, India & the Omid foundation, Iran. Her NY solo show in 2007 was reviewed by Benjamin Genocchio in the New York Times and by Ariella Budek in Newsday. In Sept/Oct 2012, the Financial Times lifestyle section will print an interview with Abbassy by Nisa Qasi. Her awards include: a Yaddo residency fellowship in 2006, a NYFA in 2007 & a Joan Mitchell Painting/Sculpture award in 2010. In April 2012 she was the artist in residence at the University of Virginia & has recently been nominated for the Jameel Prize.