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Artist Biography

1971

Nafisa is a globally renowned Australian artist and winner of the Gold Medal at the Florence Biennale – the only Australian artist to achieve this prestigious accolade. Born in Mumbai, India and educated in Hong Kong and Sydney, Nafisa’s interest in the human condition and life on this planet is reflected strongly in her art, her conservation initiatives and her connection with international audiences as a speaker, teacher and presenter in both the arts and wildlife conservation.

Nafisa graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney 2008. She holds the position of Fellow at the Royal Art Society of NSW and she continues to exhibit in Europe, the US and England giving select tutorials in portraiture and life painting, from her studio in Sydney and in workshops abroad. 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 Portrait Award, amongst others. Nafisa’s work is held in private and corporate collections locally and overseas.
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