From Baltimore
Lives and works in New Orleans


2018 MFA Candidate, Painting, Tulane University
2017 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
2009 BA University of Pennsylvania
2008 Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art
2005 George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, Towson, MD


2012–2013 St Roch Community Church Artist-In-Residence, New Orleans, LA

Solo Exhibitions

2017 America’s Team, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2016 Rivalry Week, Staple Goods, New Orleans, LA
2013 The Rams, Staple Goods, New Orleans, LA
2010 Work of Art: Abdi Farah, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Black Patriots w. Ashley Teamer, Acadiana Center for the Art. Lafayette, LA.
2017 Two Blocks From Elysian Fields: Recent Work From New Orleans, The Clemente Center, New York, NY.
2016 Louisiana Contemporary Juried Exhibition, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2016 Labor of Love, May Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Awards and Honors

2016 Honorable Mention Louisiana Contemporary Juried Exhibition, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
2010 Winner of “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”
2008 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art
2005 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts


Bret McCabe. "Abdi Farah's Solo Show at Platform Gallery Explores How American Sports Marketing and Brand Loyalty Exploit the Black Male Body." City Paper, 12 Apr. 2017.

Angela Carroll. "America's Team Decodes the Language of Patriotism." BmoreArt. N.p., 27 Mar. 2017. Web. 31 Mar. 2017,

Julien Burns, “Exhibition Pick: Abdi Farah,” Pelican Bomb, February 1, 2016, art-review/2016/exhibition-pick-abdi-farah

Steven Forster, “Abdi Farah’s Art Opening Draws Fans: Steven Forster’s Big Easy,” Times Picayune, May 13, 2013, ing_steven.html

Dominic Hackley, “Abdi on the Rise,” Studio Museum of Harlem, Studio Blog, May 24, 2010, http://

Karen Rosenberg, “A Museum Show as a TV Contest Prize,” New York Times, August 19, 2010, New York edition,