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Nafisa Naomi

Nafisa Naomi



From the time I began my art practise in 2000, I have been totally committed to trying to create works that celebrate humanity and remind us of the beauty of our fragile world. The recuuring issue is one of ‘identity’ and whether it be in the depiction of Australian Wildflowers or that of a portait of a friend, the search for beauty in all living things continues. My work reflects close observation of the subject and an intention to reveal it’s true character and not simply the superficial likeness. Ultimately I want my paintings to be viewed for what I create them to say- we are individuals, as is each flower and animal, and we all deserve to live to reflect that uniqueness.

Currently I work from a studio set amongst the beauty of natural bushland with Sydney Harbour as a backdrop. It is part of the Sydney Harbour Trust foreshore development and was the inspiration behind the award winning paintings of the Florence Biennale 2007.

Nafisa Naomi



Nafisa has exhibited extensively overseas and in Australia and her most recent awards have included the Packers Prize for the Archibald 2010, the Black Swan prize for portraiture 2008, after having won the Gold Medal for Painting at the Florence Biennale from a field of 800 artists from 60 nations in Dec 2007. She has been represented as a finalist in every major art prize including the Dobell Prize for Drawing, the Blake Prize, The Kedumba Drawing Award, the Portia Geach Portait Award, amongst others.

Since beginning her art career 11 years ago, she has won over 50 awards and commendations and has been in over 100 selected group shows. Nafisa founded the national association of professional portrait artists (Portrait Artists Australia) in 2002. Having graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney 2008, she sees her work paying tribute to the old masters and yet is concerned with researching and exploring new forms of expression in painting. She has strong ties to several medical based charities and also gives her time to working with wildlife conservation as artist on location. She founded Animal Works (www.animalworks.com.au) with zoologist/author Dr Tammie Matson and film producer/veterinary surgeon Dr Stephen Van Mil which highlights wildlife conservation issues concerned with habitat destruction.

Nafisa was awarded the FIRST PRIZE (GOLD MEDAL) for painting in the FLORENCE BIENNALE 2007, with the work ‘Regeneration’.

Born in Mumbai, India, educated in Hong Kong and Sydney, Nafisa’s interest in the human condition is reflected strongly in her figurative works and portraits. She came first in 3 Unit Art for the Higher School Certificate and spent time studying medicine at the University of NSW, Fine Arts at Sydney University before turning to operating a successful fashion business for many years. In 1999 she applied for, and won, the Arthur Boyd Scholarship to the Julian Ashton Art School and since then has had work in almost 100 group shows with over 50 awards and commendations to her credit. She has completed her Master of Fine Art degree at the National Art School, Sydney.

Nafisa’s strength in portraiture is reflected in her work being represented in numerous portrait awards including the Portia Geach Memorial Award (2001, 2004, 2005), the Shirley Hannan Portrait Award (2000,-02, -03, -05), and was asked to judge in 2004 and again in 2006. Being one of 15 finalists in the 2002 American Society of Portrait Artists annual portrait prize at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with the portrait of Salvatore Zofrea, and awarded a Certificate of Merit, Nafisa’s presence on the international stage continued as her portrait of Dr Karl Kruzselnicki was hung in Washington as one of the finalists in the Cromwell’s Art Prize 2004. Her 2003 Archibald entry, ‘A Woman of Substance’-portrait of entertainer Maria Venuti AM, was chosen for the Archibald Salon des Refuses. Together with numerous local portrait prizes, she won the Willoughby Art Prize with a drawing of Salvatore Zofrea (2002) and the Mosman Art Prize ‘People’s Choice’ (2003).

Nafisa was chosen as one of the Australian artists to be represented in the prestigious Florence Biennale 2005 and was awarded a Bronze Medallion for her installation of portraits of family and friends titled”101 Australians”. In December 2007, Nafisa won the 1st Prize for painting in the Florence Biennale with the mural size work titled ‘Regeneration- Beauty After the Burn’. She was also a finalist in Australia’s most important drawing award, the $20,000 acquisitive Dobell Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2005 and in the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 2006 and again in 2007.

Her work is also held in many local and international private and corporate collections including the RADF 1st Commando Regiment, Country Energy BDA , Royal and Sun Alliance, Kelda Group UK, Aussie Home Loans, Hills Grammar Collection, Charles Sturt University, Sydney University, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Mosman Council and Burwood Press amongst others.

Nafisa’s commitment to her art practise has been recognized as she was elevated to an Associate member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales and teaches portraiture there, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and at the Charles Sturt University. She is also a member of the Portrait Society of America and founder of Portrait Artists Australia.

Now working from her studio in Headland Park, Georges Heights in Sydney, where she spends most of her time, her interests have also included the new environment which is part of the Sydney Harbour Trust foreshore development.

BIOGRAPHY
Placed in the top 2% of NSW in HSC and receiving a scholarship to continuing full time art studies at Julian Ashton Art School under scholarship. Made an Exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of NSW in 2000, awarded full scholarship the Alexander Mackie College of Arts having achieved 150/150 in 3-unit art, coming 1st in NSW art.

Studied Bachelor of Medicine at the University of NSW for 3 yrs before deferring and pursuing interest in Fine Arts.

1997 Part-time attendance at Julian Ashton Art School.

1998 Continuing practising as full- time artist, attending workshops etc.

1999 Continuing full time study at JAAS under Arthur Boyd Scholarship

2000 Awarded Diploma of Fine Art JAAS

2001-05 Teaching part-time at Northbridge school of Visual Arts, Summer and Winter School at Mitchell College of the Arts, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

2004 Elevated to ‘Associate’ of the Royal Art Society of NSW

2005 /07 Teaching portraiture at Royal Art Society of NSW

Masters of Fine Art – National Art School- Full Time








EDUCATION
2005-07 Masters of Fine Art , Full Time – National Art School, Sydney

Art in the Making-Diploma Lecture series AGNSW

2004 Workshop at National Art School- Sue Archer

2003 National Art School Sue Archer and Steve Harvey workshops.

2003 AGNSW – Diploma Lecture series- Great Art in the Making

2002 AGNSW – Diploma Lecture series on historical aspect of art and technical components.

2001 National Art School – workshops with Elizabeth Cummings.+ David Fairbairn

Julian Ashton Art School (JAAS) – etching with Tony Johhansen.

JAAS – composition and portraiture with Francis Giacco.

2000 Scholarship year completed with a Diploma of fine art – JAAS.

JAAS – portraiture with Francis Giacco.

Royal Art Society (RAS) portrait workshop with Jocelyn Maughan.

1999 Full time studies at JAAS after winning the Arthur Boyd scholarship sponsored by Toyota Lexus.

RAS – Watercolour workshop with Helen Goldsmith

2000 Part time tuition at JAAS.

1987 – 1997 Worked in Sydney with regular travel overseas including Italy and England.

1985 – 1986 Fine arts at the University of Sydney.(discontinued)

Paddington Art School – life drawing and painting with Stephen Wosley Gordon.

1981- 1984 Bachelor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.(discontinued)

1980 Placed in top 2% of NSW in the Higher School Certificate, receiving a scholarship to Alexander Mackie o College of Arts after being placed 1st in NSW in 3 unit Art.







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