Abolfazl Masoumi, also known as Abby, is a multidisciplinary artist who works with various materials, including beadwork, embroidery, textiles, repurposed objects, drawing, and painting.

Born and raised in the city of Qom, one of the country's most influential religious pilgrimage sites, in a traditional radical Islamic family. Abby was born with congenital hearing loss, and he uses hearing aids since elementary school. Since childhood organically utilizes art as an emotional and physical healing tool, he learned embroidery and beadwork from her sister. Art forces him to forge a connection between the mind and body. In the meantime, Abby discovered his true identity as part of the LGBTQ community. To live freely as a queer artist, he had to abandon his religious hometown and family thus migrated toward Tehran to obtain his dreams and the MFA.

He examines identity, gender, sexual orientation, anti-homosexual culture, and taboos and reflections of oppressive power structures in his artistic practice. Following the restrictions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Abby has to censor his works; therefore, he uses material that has personal relevance to somehow encoded his true self. From pastry boxes and papers to sequins, he makes the mediums also meaningful.



Sooreh University of Tehran, MFA in Animation, Tehran, Iran, 2015
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, BFA, Mashhad, Iran, 2011

Solo exhibition:


Men, A Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Selected Group Exhibitions:


Iranian Artists Relief, Mayten’s Gallery, Toronto, Canada


You Can't Paint That, group exhibition, Ndsm-Fuse Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Zoorkhaneh, group exhibition, E1 Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

Art in Quarantine, group exhibition, E1 Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Nakhsh, Needlework Artists, Vali Art gallery, Tehran, Iran


Infertility, contextualizing of emerging Iranian artists, A Gallery, Tehran, Iran
VADIAN IM IRAN, Kanton, St. Gallen, Switzerland


4th prize of jury’s choice award, Iran art festival, Aliha Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Dastan Gallery outside project “Agog”; held in Vcafe, Tehran, Iran
Megohm, Saless Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Exhibition of Small Paintings Fifth Series, Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran

One-day Auction, No. 6 Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
On the Zero Circuit Group Painting Exhibition, Vista Art Gallery, Tehan, Iran
Self-portrait Exhibition, Cultural Center of Embassy of Cote d’ ivory in Tehran, Iran


Exhibition of Small Paintings Forth Series, Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
One-day Auction, No. 6 Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Exhibition of Small Paintings Third Series, Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran
20+5 Group Painting Exhibition, Hoom Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Group Painting Exhibition, Day Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Exhibition of Small Paintings Second Series, Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran

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