Samira Abbassy is an Arab-Iranian born in the city of Ahwaz in southwestern Iran. In 1967 her family moved to Britain where she studied painting, at Birmingham Polytechnic and Canterbury College of Art. In 1998 she moved to New York city where she helped to establish the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center.
Her work is largely autobiographical, composed of stylized self-portraiture, as well as a body of work based on mythological history paintings.
Samira has exhibited in solo shows in New York, London, Norway, Austria, Korea and Dubai. Her first solo show in Tehran is scheduled for December 2016 at the Shirin gallery. Other awards and fellowships include a Yaddo fellowship (2006), a NYFA fellowship in Drawing (2007), and a Joan Mitchell Painting/Sculpture award (2010). In April 2012 she was the artist in residence at the University of Virginia.
Her work is in the collections of: the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, The British Government Art Collection, the Donald Rubin Foundation, the Farjaam Collection, the Burger Collection and the Omid Foundation, as well as many other private collections.