Issa Ibrahim's Legal Defense Fund

Support The Liberation of a Local Mad Artist, Author, Musician, and Community Organizer

After of 8 and a half years of freedom and success in the community Issa had to be hospitalized against his will and now he’s facing institutionalization and possible homelessness. Money raised through this campaign will go to hiring an independent psychiatrist for a second opinion so he can continue to offer his incredible presence, talent, skills, and artistry to our communities.  Issa is one of the most brilliant and visionary people in our community and we want to bring him home and build a solid support network around him and with him so he never ends up back in the hospital.

Support Issa by donating to THE campaign below and choose between receiving one of his renowned original paintings, print reproductions, Book, Cd, or DVD.


Purchase one of his paintings directly from this site, and 100% of funds will go Directly into Issa's fund.


Issa Ibrahim

He is a 20 year artist-in-residence at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center’s Living Museum. Author of the memoir The Hospital Always Wins, published by Chicago Review Press in 2016, Issa is also an award winning filmmaker for his autobiographical musical documentary Patient’s Rites, and has been featured on German Public Television, an HBO documentary, an Edward R. Murrow and Third Coast award winning NPR audio story as well as participating in numerous art and mental health exhibitions the world over. Issa has presented at Pratt Institute, CUNY Grad Center, the New York State Psychological Association Annual Convention, Yale University, and mental health forums in Montreal and The Netherlands. Issa hopes to continue the dialogue about preconceived and prejudicial ideas in society, stigma, the realities of the mental health system and how openness can aid in respecting psychiatric sufferers and survivors who are our fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, friends, neighbors and ourselves.

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Artist Statement

"Losing my mind, my family, and significant connections to society did not deter me from using the arts to transcend - not only the walls, locked doors, and barbed fences of the asylum, but also the constrictions of what I perceive is a bankrupt culture. Though I nursed happily on the teat of 20th Century Delusion, my time in exile allowed me the proper distance to see clearly the cartoon emptiness of western civilization.

I discovered a topsy-turvy world of flawed heroes and super-villains propagating a false reality. Our children are weaned on porn and ultra-violence, and artificial intelligence seems to be our only hope - as common sense becomes obsolete. 

I hold up a mirror in defense, allowing the funhouse reflection that is America to come into full bloom."


For Sale

Phantom Kiss - 24"x36" - $1000

Golden age Superheroes, the Phantom and Wonder Woman, team up to prove that black and white love matters. 


Hulk Scream - 14"x18" - $1000

The green giant lets off some ‘sturm und drang’ on Edvard Munch’s famous bridge with two avengers observing in the background.


John McCain Captain America - 24”x36”- $500

John McCain as Captain America battles cancer and the serpentine creature that is modern day Washington D.C.

Wonder Woman Mona Lisa - 9"x12" - $250

The famous smiling beauty is made more iconic in the guise of the warrior goddess Wonder Woman.


The Island of Self-Devouring Vomit- 8.5"x11" - $200

A meditation on medical abomination.


Shazam - 24”x36” - $500

From Boy Wonder to man Marvel, the artist re-imagines the Shazam character as a magical black superhero.