After dreams of playing in the NBA were eclipsed by a greater passion to be the next Basquiat, Baltimore native Abdi Farah began his art education at the George Washington Carver Center in Towson, Maryland. Abdi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, graduating with honors. Abdi has been fortunate to exhibit work across the country and internationally at institutions including, the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Margulies Collection; The Institute for American Universities in Aix en Provence, France; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, to name a few; and highlighted by a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Abdi is a 2005 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship through the Yale Norfolk School of Music and Art, and a 2017 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture participant. In 2018 Abdi received his MFA in painting from Tulane University in New Orleans where he continues to live and work.
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