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Media Interviews are coordinated by:


Allison Zucker-Perelman

Relevant Communications




World-Renowned Artist Hessam Abrishami, as well as Goli Mahallati, Ariel Ortega, Paola Gracey, Shahrnaz Monfared, and Star Mortezavi

To Appear Opening Weekend


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Artwork: Ladies’ Night by Hessam Abrishami


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (September 2019) – ABRA Gallery is celebrating its grand opening in Fort Lauderdale’s prestigious Las Olas neighborhood. The new contemporary art gallery is helmed by Kaveh Abrashami, one of the leading names in the fine art world, with over 30 years in the industry and the face behind one of the world’s most venerable art companies. ABRA Gallery is the newest extension of the family’s fine art business which began in Los Angeles and has become one of the most revered art concerns and publishers of fine art in the county.


A grand opening celebration will take place Thursday, November 7th, 2019 through Sunday, November 10th, 2019.


The gallery will feature a collection of works from world-renowned artists including Hessam Abrishami, Goli Mahallati, Star Mortezavi, Saeed Asadi and Behrooz Valiani. All artwork will be on exhibition and available for acquisition.

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Artwork: Changeable-Blue by Saeed Asadi


A VIP Grand Opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 7th from 5-8 pm. Four very special Meet the Artist receptions are planned with Hessam Abrishami and Star Mortezavi. They will take place on Friday, November 8th from 6-8pm, Saturday, November 9th from 1-3 pm and 6-9 pm, followed by a final artist reception on Sunday, November 10th from 1-3 pm.


All receptions are complimentary and open to the public; however, RSVPs are strongly suggested at 954.999.5557 or RSVP directly at .

Artwork: Flourish by Star Mortezavi


Established in 2002 in Los Angeles, relocating to South Florida in 2015, ABRA (Art By Renowned Artists). The gallery offers an eclectic collection of artworks in a variety of medium including original acrylic and oil painting, limited edition archival prints, and contemporary sculpture.


The collection consists of extraordinary artistic talents, both established and emerging, from around the globe. Free from limitations of geographic base and artistic style, ABRA Gallery focuses on beautiful artwork. From figurative to abstract; realist to impressionist; traditional to contemporary. 


Art is intended to spark emotion in its viewer; to be understood and loved in varied contexts. Be it a warm peaceful artwork to enhance your living space, or a statement piece for the boardroom, the gallery invites collectors to browse their collection and find the right piece for you. This is the core of ABRA Gallery.



713 East Las Olas Blvd.


Rsvp: 954.999.5557 or   




All artworks are on exhibition and available for acquisition. All events are complimentary and open to the public however RSVP’s are required:

954.999.5557 or




Hessam Abrishami was born in the city of Shiraz, Iran in 1951. At age 15, through the inspiration and encouragement of a high school teacher, Hessam discovered both his love of art and his own talent for painting. As a result, he became almost obsessed with painting. Hessam, at age 17, received his first award and went on to win top honors in painting in an all-country student competition in Iran. At age 19, he achieved first place honors in the “Iranian New Artists Competition.” Many other national and international honors and recognitions have followed since. 

He went on to study in Italy – a place he considered “the center of art in Europe.” It was in Perugia, Italy that Hessam studied and completed his master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Accademi De Belle Arti “Pietro Vanucci.” In 1980, Hessam returned to Iran and had two major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran and at Gallery Derissi in Shiraz. Afterwards, Hessam published a retrospective of his works in a book called “Scream”. 


In 1984, Hessam emigrated to Los Angeles, California where he continued to expand his creativity. After multiple fairs and exhibitions throughout the United States, he was recognized by an art publisher, Collectors Editions, and signed a contract to show and represented his artworks through multiple galleries worldwide. In 2001, he then founded his own publishing company, Studio Fine Art, to continue to expand his collector base. In his tenure as an established artist, Hessam has published 6 retrospective books and has had his images on the covers and chapter headings of 9 Sociology and Psychology university textbooks. 


In 2006, during an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences of Ormond Beach, Florida, Hessam was presented with the “Key to the City” and a proclamation from the Mayor stating March 24, 2006 as “Hessam Abrishami Day”. In 2007, Hessam was invited by the American Liberty University in association with California Polytechnic University in Pomona to receive an Honorary Doctorate to commemorate his achievements as a fine art painter. 


Hessam currently has over countless private collectors world-wide and has exhibited in over 150 One-Man Gallery Shows, over 30 International Exhibitions, and multiple Museums Exhibitions. Some include Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran and Museum of Contemporary Art of Hot Springs, Arkansas. 



Setareh (Star) Mortezavi is a Persian painter and graphic designer living in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and studied Art & Graphic Design at the University of Tehran.


Star began her professional life as an artist and art director working in advertising in the US. She is fascinated by the blending of colors; the fluidity and visual pleasure that comes with observing the organic and natural flowing patterns of unique flowers and trees. Her art is filled with color, which reflects her internal joy and the optimistic, positive outlook she has in life.


Each of her pieces carries the weight of a different moment in her life, with abstract shapes resembling trees, flowers, and characters. Her love for curves and shapes becomes the unifying element that combines the stories spread across the canvas, transforming them into a recognizable and approachable image.


Media Interviews are coordinated by:


Allison Zucker-Perelman

Relevant Communications


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