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NAFISA. M.F.A. (NAS) , F.R.A.S.
Born in the land of the Tiger, in Mumbai India, Nafisa became acutely aware at a young age of the impact the crush of humanity was having on our planet’s already endangered wildlife, in particular iconic species such as the elephant and the rhino.
Nafisa is a globally renowned Australian artist- winner of the Gold Medal at the Florence Biennale and remains the only Australian artist to achieve this prestigious accolade. She was the winner in Australia’s most famous portrait prize, The Archibald (winning the Packer’s Prize ), as well as winning the Perth Portrait prize confirming her as a recognized portrait artist across Australia. She has been represented as a finalist in every major art prize including the Dobell Prize for Drawing, the Blake Prize, The Black Swan Perth Portrait Prize,The Kedumba Drawing Award, the Portia Geach Portrait Award, amongst others.
Establishing herself as one of Australia’s most decorated artist with over 200 prizes and commendations to her name since beginning her art career less than 20 years ago, Nafisa has also devoted much of her artistic talent to works she has donated to help charities raise much needed funds.
Nafisa first began her interest in art when she studied Medicine at UNSW having a keen interest in anatomy and cell biology, appreciating the beauty of nature and science under close observation. She takes this love of science, the human form and keen observation of nature into her art practice, embellishing detail into her work, driven by her quest to understand the form and function of what she chooses to represent.
Nafisa holds a postgraduate degreee with a Masters of Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney 2008. She also holds the position of Fellow at the Royal Art Society of NSW. She continues to exhibit in Europe, the USA and England and gives select tutorials in portraiture and life painting, from her studio in Sydney and in workshops abroad. She travels extensively, working voluntarily for wildlife conservation (with the charity “Animal Works” which she founded in 2009) and for which proceeds of her art is donated to raising funds for wildlife conservation projects
Her passion for the world’s increasingly fragile and endangered wildlife inspired her to create a not-for-profit charity, Animal Works International in 2009, her call to action against wildlife destruction. The charity partners with conservation projects around the world to educate and protect the world’s most threatened species through the sale of wildlife artworks. Animal Works International has to date raised over $460,000 for projects globally.
- Zoy Group Sydney
- ServCorp, Tokyo, Japan
- Anantara Resort Group, Chiang Rai
- SKF, Shanghai
- Sydney University Department of Science
- Black Friars Collection Australia
- John Sample Group International
- Whitehouse School of Design Sydney
- Welden International
- Maritime Museum Sydney
- Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney
- St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney
- Humour Foundation (Clown Doctors)
- Burwood Press Australia
- Aussie Home Loans
- Preston Group Australia
- Whistler Arts Council BC Canada
- Aqua Dining Group Sydney
- Chianciano Art Museum , Tuscany
Nafisa exhibits extensively overseas and in Australia working from her studio in Mosman Sydney. Her work is held in many local and international (private and corporate) collections. Her signature pieces- 6 meter murals of Australian wildflowers are sought after for inclusion in corporate and public collections. Nafisa’s murals ‘Regeneration’ (Whitehouse School of Design), ‘Revolution’(Aqua Dining Group) , ‘Rejuvenation’ (St Vincents Private Hospital) continue to win awards and commendations.
Her Australian awards have included the Packers Prize for the Archibald 2010, the City of Perth Black Swan prize for portraiture 2008 and being a finalist several times in every major art prize including the Dobell Drawing Prize, The Blake Prize, Kedumba Art Prize and the Portia Geach and Shirley Hannen Portrait prizes.
Her international awards have included winning the first prize for Works on Paper at the Chianciano Biennale 2015, the Gold Medal for Painting for her 6 meter mural of Australian Wildflowers at the Florence Biennale (from a field of 800 artists from 60 nations in Dec 2007) and a Certificate of Merit for Portraiture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for her portrayal of Salvatore Zofrea.