Nabeeha Mohamed


Nabeeha Mohamed (b. 1988) completed her BAFA in 2011 at the Michaelis School of Fine Art with a major in painting. 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.

Mohamed has had five solo presentations including Vanitas Woe (2023) at WHATIFTHEWORLD,  Cape Town, Same Sky, Different Fruit (2022) at Gallery 1957, Accra, Brown Petal (2022) at The Vault, Silo Hotel, Cape Town; Dressing Room (2021) at WHATIFTHEWORLD, and Sunshine on My Skin is My Favourite Colour (2020) at SMITH Studio, Cape Town.

Nabeeha Mohamed has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally, notably, Self-Identity in the Face of the Global Pandemic (2021) at Gallery 1957, London, Limininality in Infinite Space (2020) at African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos, Melancholympics, The Wunderwall (2020) at PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium, Don’t Give A Damns at Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, Speculative Inquiry #1 (on Abstraction) (2019) at Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town and Close Encounters (2018) SMITH Studio, Cape Town. She has participated in residencies at Gallery 1957 artist in residency program in 2022 in Accra, Casa de Ilhabela, Brazil and at the gallery, Johannesburg.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Vanitas Woe - Vanitas Woe, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
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

Art Fairs

Cape Town Art Fair 2024
FNB Art Joburg 2023
Cape Town Art Fair 2023
Joburg Art Fair 2022
Art Rotterdam 2022