Nabeeha Mohamed South Africa, b. 1988


Nabeeha Mohamed’s very personal work grapples with the complexities and contradictions of identity and class privilege in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her identity as a woman of colour, hushed during her childhood years to assimilate to the white society and culture she grew up in, is now celebrated in her paintings where bold colours, and identity take centre stage. Her paintings offer a tension when these celebrations of identity are intersected with a playful critique of the capitalist economy and class privilege from which she benefits.


Nabeeha Mohamed was born in Cape Town in 1988. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. 


Solo exhibitions include Vanitas Woe, WhatiftheWorld, Cape Town, South Africa (2023), Same sky, different fruit, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana (2022); Brown Petal, The Vault, Silo Hotel, Cape Town (2021); Dressing Room, WhatiftheWorld, Cape Town (2021); Sunshine on my skin is my favourite colour, SMITH, Cape Town (2020). Mohamed has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally including The Floral Impulse, David Castillo, Miami (2022), Postcards, Galleri Magnus Karlsson (2021), Self-Identity in the Face of the Global Pandemic, Gallery 1957, London (2021); Liminality in Infinite Space, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos (2020); Melancholympics, The Wunderwall, PLUS- ONE Gallery, Antwerp (2020); Don’t Give A Damns, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam (2020); Rendezvous II, SMITH, Cape Town (2019); Speculative Enquiry #1 On Abstraction, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town (2019); Bad Taste: Image in Crisis, SMITH Cape Town (2019); Outside, RK Contemporary, Cape Town (2019) and Know this place?, KZNSA, Durban (2019). Mohamed has participated in the following fairs: MiArt, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Art Rotterdam, FNB Art Joburg and 1-54 New York, as well as residencies at Gallery 1957 (Accra), The Artist’s Press (White River), Casa de Ilhabela (Ilhabela) and at the gallery (Johannesburg).

Art Fairs
Amphora Arrangement, 2021