Samira Abbassy was born in 1965 in 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 migrated for the second time in 1998 to New York City to help found the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program, the international artistic community where, as a lifetime member, her studio space is still based today.

Abbassy's work emerges from her Arab Iranian heritage and émigré upbringing in the UK. Her paintings, drawings, and sculpture draw from panreligious iconography to create layered figurative works subtly reflecting sociopolitical issues and constantly shifting cultural contexts. Her archetypal figures are often mirrored or doubled, suggesting introspection and fragmented identity. The rich patterns, flowing braids, and bodily X-ray motifs speak of pycho-emotional states and migrant histories. Oscillating among multiple cultures...

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