About the Author

Samira Abbassy is an Arab-Iranian born in the city of Ahwaz in southwestern Iran. In 1967, her family moved to Britain where she was educated and studied painting, first at Birmingham Polytechnic and then at Canterbury College of Art. Abbassy's career was centered in London for most of the 1980s and 1990s, showing with the Mercury Gallery on Cork Street and the Royal Academy, where she won a painting award in 1997. In 1998 she moved to New York City where she helped to set up the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center where, as one of the founders, she has life long tenure, as well as holding a position as a board trustee. Her solo exhibitions have received reviews by Benjamin Genocchio in “The New York Times” and Ariella Budek in “Newsday.” Abbassy's work has been acquired by the British Government Art Collection, the Donald Rubin Foundation (Rubin Museum, NY), the Farjaam Collection in Dubai, the Devi Foundation in India, the Omid foundation in Iran, and the British Museum for their contemporary Islamic collection.