Expression Quest podcast

Culture Pledge

So Many Wings podcast

City Voices Online

Addiction/Recovery eBulletin

Art Break Out

Montreal Gazette

O Magazine July 2016

Rhino Horn Artists

The Daily Beast

The Leonard Lopate Show

WHYY’s The Pulse

Issa on NY1

New York Times

Trailer for documentary film That Which Is Possible -2015

Union Docs Center for Documentary Arts

Mad In America

Comic Con 2012 coverage- Boing Boing

Comic Con 2012 coverage – Hot Indie Media

Comic Con 2012 coverage – Newsarama

Comic Con 2012 coverage – 106 & Park

Queens Times Ledger

New York Times

New York Magazine

LA Times

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Issa is artist in residence at The Living Museum, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Building #75, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village, New York.  Open Monday-Thursday 9:30am-4:30pm. Contact Issa for information about art, music or to schedule a visit. Click images below to look at Issa in his studio over the years.


Featured artist in the independent documentary ‘That Which Is Possible’- 2015

Song ‘Somewhere/Nowhere’ by Issa’s band DSM5 can be found on Apple Music here

Featured artist in HBO documentary ‘The Living Museum’- 1999

Featured artist on German Public Television program ‘Selbstbestimmt’ (Self-determined)- 1997

Song ‘The Question’ can be found on the release Square Roots on Apple Music here



Water- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 7/2021

Alone Together- The Local NYC, Long Island City, NY- 7/2021

Outside/Outsider- curated by Karen Gormandy & Issa Ibrahim- Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY- 5/2021

The Creative Mind & Mental Illness Symposium and Benefit Auction featuring honoree Agnes Gund, NYC- 5/2021

Creativity and COVID: Art-Making During the Pandemic- Sponsored by Mad In America- 3/2021

Small Works- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 10/2020

The Journey- Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, NYC- 9/2020

Let America Be America- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 9/2020

Art In Quarantine- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 5/2020

Artists Looking At Art- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 2/2020

Unbound: Authentic Visions and Voices- The Local NYC, Long Island City, NY- 1/2020

We See You- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 1/2020

Mad About Art- Annual Fountain House Auction- Metropolitan West, NYC- 11/2019

Small Works- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 10/2019

Heavy Sauce- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 9/2019

The Flaneur- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 6/2019

Goliath/Off The Margins- One Art Space, NYC- 6/2019

At The Table- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 5/2019

Inside/Outside- Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY- 3/2019

Our People- Fountain House Gallery, NYC- 3/2019

LOVE/HATE- Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY- 1/2019

Dangerous Gifts– East Village Access- NYC- 6/2018

Confessions of A Zombie Savant- Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC- 11/2017

REB PSYCH Rebellious Psychiatry Conference, Yale University- New Haven, CT- 4/2017

Au Contraire Film Festival on Mental Illness-  Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada- 10/2016

Willibroadus Draait Door!  Art, Music & Film Festival- Heiloo, Holland, The Netherlands- 9, 2016

The Hospital Always Wins– solo exhibition and book launch- Local Project Art Space- Long Island City, NY- 5/2016

Yourself- Local Project Art Space- Long Island City, NY- 11/2015

REEL Recovery Film Festival- Cinema Village, NYC- 10/2015

All Good– Guddahl Gallery- Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY- 10/2015

Community Access/NYAPRS Mental Health Film Festival- Village East Cinema, NYC- 9/2015

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival- 8/2015

Big Apple Film Festival- Tribeca Cinemas, NYC- 11/2014

Art Asylum– Hofstra University- Westbury, Long Island- 10/2014

Shifting Alterity– Skylight Gallery- NYC- 9/2014

Id, Ego, Superego: Art from The Living Museum– Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies- NYC- 3/2014

An Inclusive World II– Queens Museum of Art- Queens, NY- 11/2013

Candles in the Light– Self Taught and Outsider Art Auction- Material Culture- Philadelphia, PA- 11/2013

Unrestrained– Van Der Plas Gallery- NYC- 3/2013

An Inclusive World– Jamaica Center For Art And Learning- Queens, NY- 3/2013

Solo exhibition- The Mansion- Allentown, Pennsylvania- 3/2013

NYC Comic Con- Jacob Javits Center- NYC- 10/2012

Make. Believe– Fountain Gallery- NYC- 1/2012

Outsider Arts Fair- NYC- 2/2010

Asylum– Fountain Gallery- NYC- 1/2010

Divinity and Madness– Mary Mount College- Milwaukee, Wisconsin- 11/2009

European Outsider Arts Fair– Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna, Austria- 5/2008

At the Edge- Welch School of Art- Georgia State University- Atlanta, Georgia- 9/2007

World Psychiatric Association International Congress Istanbul, Turkey- 7/2006

Life. A Work of Art– Crossings Gallery- Albany, New York- 5/2006

The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art Chicago, Illinois- 10/2005

Love and Devotion– Gallery 37 Center for the Arts- Chicago, Illinois- 4/2005

Off the Beaten Path– Ramscale Gallery- NYC- 1/2005

Tall Tales of Death– Dabora Gallery- Brooklyn, New York- 10/2004

Peace by Piece– Guild & Greyshkul Gallery- NYC- 5/2004

Madness & Arts World Festival Toronto, Canada- 5/2003

In The Flow– Queens Museum of Art- Queens, New York- 3/2002

Code Green– Yager Museum- Hartwick College- Oneonta, New York- 8/2001

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Pier Show 9- 5/2001

Art & Ability– Williamsburg Art and Historical Center- Brooklyn, New York- 4/2000

Millennium Perspective– Marlen Gallery- NYC- 2/2000

A Moment Out of Time– Federal Plaza- NYC- 11/1999

National Artists for Mental Health Cast Iron Gallery- NYC- 9/1997

National Artists for Mental Health Legislative Office Building- Albany, New York- 5/1997

The Diversified Mind– solo exhibition- Expressive Arts Center and Gallery- Greene County, Catskill, New York- 3/1997

The Diversified Mind– solo exhibition- Independent Arts Gallery- Queens, New York- 11/1996

Poverty Awareness Coalition Studio 64- NYC- 9/1996

The Odyssey– Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center- NYC- 9/1996

Broke Heart- Independent Arts Gallery- Queens, New York- 3/1996


Co-curator of the exhibition Outside/Outsider at Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY- 5/2020

Co-facilitator of psychiatric anthropology presentation at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC-11/2017

Featured Presenter at REBPSYCH 2017, Yale University, New Haven, CT- 4/2017

Featured filmmaker at Au Contraire Film Festival on Mental Illness, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada- 10/2016

Featured Presenter at the Willibroadus Draait Door! (Goes Bananas!) Mental Health Art, Music and Film Festival, The Netherlands- 9/2016

Two original artworks published in The Perch, Yale University’s Arts & Literary Journal- 2015

Featured artist on Queens Public Television Program Journeys- 10/2013

Subject and participant of doctoral presentation The Healing Power Of Creative Expression: The Story Of Issa Ibrahim- New York State Psychological Association Annual Convention- Saratoga Springs, NY- 6/2012

Featured presenter at International Conference on Body Image and Identity In Contemporary Society- CUNY Grad Center, NYC- 4/2011

Recipient of 1996 Individual Artist’s Fund from the New York State/Queens Council on the Arts

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