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.
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 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.
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 metre 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. She takes commissions and collaborates with clients (both private and corporate ) to create bespoke works across mediums of sculpture, installation and painting.
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