Nabeeha Mohamed


Nabeeha Mohamed was born in Cape Town in 1988. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Her very personal work grapples with the contradictions of identity and class privilege in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her position as a woman of colour, hushed during her childhood years in an attempt to assimilate to the white society and culture she grew up in, is now celebrated in her paintings where colour and strangeness take centre stage. These celebrations of identity are intersected with a playful critique of the capitalist economy and class privilege from which she benefits.

Nabeeha has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally, notably Speculative Inquiry #1 (on Abstraction) (Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town), Limininality in Infinite Space (African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos), Self-Identity in the Face of the Global Pandemic (Gallery 1957, London), Melancholympics, The Wunderwall, (PLUS- ONE Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium), Don’t Give A Damns (Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam), Map of the New Art(Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice), Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality (WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town), HB (A Humble Little Show) and Fugly (Chandler House, Cape Town) and Close Encounters (SMITH Studio, Cape Town). She has participated in residencies at Casa de Ilhabela, Brazil and at the gallery, Johannesburg.

She has had 4 solo presentations including Same sky, different fruit, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana in 2022; Brown Petal at The Vault, Silo Hotel; Dressing Room at WHATIFTHEWORLD in June 2021 and Sunshine on My Skin is My Favourite Colour at SMITH in 2020.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Same sky, different fruit, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana
2021 Brown Petal, The Vault, Silo Hotel, Cape Town
Dressing Room, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2020 Sunshine on my skin is my favourite colour, SMITH, Cape Town.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Self-Identity in the Face of the Global Pandemic, Gallery 1957, London
2020 Liminality in Infinite Space, African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos
Melancholympics, The Wunderwall, PLUS- ONE Gallery, Antwerp
Don’t Give A Damns, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam
2019 Rendezvous II, SMITH, Cape Town
Speculative Enquiry #1 On Abstraction, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town
Bad Taste: Image in Crisis, SMITH Cape Town
Outside, RK Contemporary, Cape Town
Rocks, gallery, gallery, Johannesburg
Know this place?, KZNSA, Durban
2018 Rendezvous, SMITH, Cape Town
Close Encounters, SMITH, Cape Town
2017 Summertide, The Gallery, Riebeeck Kasteel
2016 HB (A Humble Little Show), Chandler House, Cape Town
Fugly, Chandler House, Cape Town
2015 Map of the New Art, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
2012 Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town


2021 Dressing Room