Nabeeha Mohamed

  • Nabeeha Mohamed
    Cigarette Concerto, 2018, Oil and charcoal on cardboard, 55 x 44 cm
  • Nabeeha Mohamed
    Gallery Girl, 2018, Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm
  • Nabeeha Mohamed
    Nights, 2018, Oil on canvas, 70 x 55 cm
  • Nabeeha Mohamed
    Ané, Saturday Night, 2020, Watercolour on paper, 40 x 28 cm
  • Nabeeha Mohamed
    Almond Eyes, 2018, Oil on canvas, 38 x 30cm
  • Nabeeha Mohamed
    Luvuyo, 2018, Watercolour on paper,40 x 28cm
Nabeeha Mohamed
Nabeeha Mohamed
Nabeeha Mohamed
Nabeeha Mohamed
Nabeeha Mohamed
Nabeeha Mohamed

Nabeeha Mohamed (b. 1988, Cape Town, South Africa) studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town and graduated, specializing in painting, in 2011. The subjects of Mohamed’s whimsical paintings are all derived from her everyday life – vases of flowers in her parent’s home, her partner’s ashtray and cigarettes, portraits of both herself and her friends - but combined with her saturated and often jarring use of colour these subjects become somewhat strange and other-worldly.

Having grown up as one of very few women of colour in a predominantly white all-girls school in post-Apartheid South Africa, there is a sense of searching in Mohamed’s paintings – a searching and placing of her identity that, according to Mohamed, was hushed in her childhood in an attempt to assimilate to white culture and society. She now celebrates these aspects of her identity in her paintings - colour, boldness and strangeness take centre stage. But with a closer look there is often a hint of melancholy or menace – flowers are wilting, objects cast ominous blue shadows and animals are shown bearing their teeth. Her self-portraits in which she replaces her eyes with almonds are a critique of the fetishizing of women of colour by using food related analogies to describe their features.

Mohamed has participated in several group shows, including Map of the New ArtGiorgio Cini, Venice), Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality (whatiftheWorld,Cape Town), HB (A Humble Little Show) and Fugly (Chandler House, Cape Town) and Close Encounters (SMITH Studio, Cape Town). In 2017 she completed a residency at Casa de Ilhabela (Ilhabela, Brazil) and is currently working towards her first solo show.
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Group exhibitions
2018 Close Encounters, SMITH Studio, Cape Town
2018 Rendezvous,SMITH Studio, Cape Town
2017 Summertide,The Gallery, Riebeeck Kasteel
2016 HB,A Humble Little Show, Chandler House, Cape Town
2016 Fugly, Chandler House, Cape Town
2015 Map of the New Art,Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
2012 Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town

Residencies
2017 Casa de Ilhabela, Ilhabela, Brazil
Media https://10and5.com/2017/03/09/fine-artist-nabeeha-mohamed-layers-colour-... texture-to-elevate-the-everyday
https://elledecoration.co.za/afternoon-artist-nabeeha-mohamed/