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In 2006 Sabrina opted to study abroad in Florence, Italy where she took a journey of self-discovery. While studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy under Professor Bisi, Sabrina was finally able to clearly understand and express her ideas. She wrote out her intention and called  her  work    “Perceptionist Art”.    Professor  Bisi  dubbed   her  first painting a “masterpiece” and he encouraged her to freely explore her new style and ideas.


While Sabrina was abroad in Italy she met Dr. Giovanna Giusti the director of the 19th century and contemporary art at the Uffizi museum.  Dr. Giusti offered her an internship as her assistant, an offer the artist readily accepted. Dr. Giusti took Sabrina under her wing and introduced her not only  to  the  famous  Italian museum and museum work, but also to Italian contemporary artists.












Although she had successful studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti, when Sabrina returned in September 2007 to the California State University of Chico to graduate,  she did nothing more than continue her bachelor’s degree in art and paint. Sabrina remained uncertain of her future course as an artist until her friend and advisor, Marsha Steinberg, insisted that she apply to the International art competition Art Clash. Sabrina submitted her work and was surprised when she was one of the thirty-five  artists  selected  from  thousands  of  applicants to exhibit in Florence, Italy. The competition did not end there  for  Sabrina Abbott. After the art opening Sabrina received a telephone call from Dr. Giusti to inform her that the panel of art experts had selected her as the first place winner and that her work would make a tour of Italy and Greece and afterwards the winning piece would become a part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece.


Finally realizing her  potential  as a  contemporary artist, Sabrina Abbott  curated her  first solo art  show of the Perceptionist Art  movement  in  Chico, California.  In the  summer of  2008 she  signed  a contract  with an art attorney with the assistance of a Parisian promoter that she was introduced to while visiting France.


After graduating in 2008 Sabrina Abbott deferred entrance into  Sotheby’s Art Institute  in  London  in  order to undertake an internship at the Louvre in Paris, France. At first Sabrina interned in conservation in the painting department but after a few months she switched to frame restoration.



While in France Sabrina lived and painted for a while on a beautiful barge in Samois Sur Seine. Later she moved  to Meudon. While in France she frequented museums and art expositions and traveled Europe in order to

further both her artistic and cultural education. 


In the summer  of  2009  Sabrina  returned  to  California, and after a particularly successful art exhibit she was selected  to  exhibit  in the Espace Cardin  in  Paris,  France.  Sabrina  moved  back  to  Paris  to continue exploring and painting. 


Sabrina returned to the United States in the Fall of 2010 where she continued to paint and exhibit her work. A retrospective of her work was exhibited at the California Museum in 2013. In February 2023 Sabrina had a solo show at ACCA Gallery in Beverly Hills.


Sabrina continues to sell her work internationally and exhibit in public and private venues.

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Sabrina in her studio in France

Dr. Giusti, Sabrina and former Director of the Uffizi, Antonia Natali in the Uffizi library. 2007

Dr. Giusti and Sabrina. Uffizi

View of Florence, Italy taken from Piazza San Michelangelo

Professor Bisi. Accademia di Belli Arti. 2007


Sabrina's studio on the barge. France 2008

Sabrina the Louvre Museum. 2008

Sabrina restoring frames. Louvre Museum. 2008

Growing up, Sabrina won some minor national competitions and took second place at the California State Fair. Despite her early successes, she had not found her style or place in the artistic world. Some of the concepts that she would later utilize in her Perceptionist style, such as enlarged objects and a sense of irony, could be seen on occasion in her early work but they lacked the significance that would fill her Perceptionist pieces.

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