Iman Issa was born in 1979 in Cairo, Egypt. Issa is an artist and professor of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
A selection of her solo- and group exhibitions include Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2017); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); 21er Haus, Vienna (2015); MACBA, Barcelona (2015); Perez Art Museum, Miami (2015); 12th Sharjah biennial (2015); 8th Berlin Biennial (2014); MuHKA, Antwerp (2014); Tensta Konsthall, Spånga (2013); New Museum, New York (2012) and KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011).
Published books includes Book of Facts: A Proposition (2017); Common Elements (2015) and Thirty-three Stories about Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places (2011). She has been named a 2017 DAAD artist in residence, and is a recipient of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise (2017); the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2015); HNF-MACBA Award (2012) and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013).