Abbas Akhavan (Iran/Canada) has been living in Canada since 1992 where he obtained a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing and video, with a recent focus on spaces just outside the home – the garden, the backyard, and other domesticated landscapes.

His work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vancouver Art Gallery and Artspeak (Canada), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), Le Printemps de Septembre a Toulouse (France), Belvedere Museum (Austria), with upcoming solo exhibitions at Aaran Gallery (Iran), Modern Fuel and The Darling Foundry (Canada). He is represented by The Third Line (Dubai).

Abbas was previously in-residence with Delfina in 2011 as part of A.i.R. Dubai, a residency partnership between Art Dubai, Tashkeel, and The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

With support from

  • Canada House Arts Trust
  • Iran Heritage Foundation

In association with

The Third Line Gallery

Artist’s website



Please note all artist-in-residence biographies are accurate at the time of their residency. For up-to-date bios please visit the artist’s website.

Related Content

Abbas Akhavan: Study for a Garden

09/10/2012 — 20/11/2012

Abbas Akhavan: Study For A Garden

Installation photos from the artist’s 2012 solo show at Delfina Foundation


In Conversation: Abbas Akhavan and Mark Rappolt

On the artist’s Delfina Foundation exhibition, Study for a Garden (2012)