Abdi became known as the winner of the first season of the Bravo series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is one of four who have been given the Scholastics Art and Writing Gold Portfolio award. He has done a lot with his talent, such as meeting the President of the United States as he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. This painter continued to develop his talent by attending the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art. He even went abroad to study, hoping to make a name in the art world as he pursues his passions. Since leaving the show, he has displayed his work in the Brooklyn Museum and continued to pursue his career.