b. 1977 Westmoreland, Jamaica. Lives and works in New York City.
Kamiesha Garbadawala’s work is an exploration of life experiences and conveyance of emotion through art. Turning personal trauma and loss into strength and power through self-examination, she forges impassioned compositions filled with complexity, nuance and gravity. Garbadawala employs paintbrush and palette knives on heavy body acrylic paint to create wide planes of color and broad strokes, the artist’s hand in an uninhibited performance, having found a conduit for expression within opaque layers gently smoothed over negative space.
Kamiesha Garbadawala (b. 1977, Westmoreland, Jamaica) is a New York City- based Abstract Expressionist and graduate of The Parsons School of Design. As a mother, wife and artist, Garbadawala explores the emotions which ebb and flow amidst a backdrop of New York City – turning to the canvas in search of the security found in a world that is created and controlled by her own hand.
Garbadawala worked as a designer for Polo Ralph Lauren and Henri Bendel, and launched a celebrated line of handbags with Barneys New York, before she was compelled by a set of personal tragedies to begin anew. Garbadawala’s creative passion has reemerged and flourishes as the energetic and gestural works resulting from her meditative, stream-of-consciousness painting.
Garbadawala has exhibited as a part of SVA’s Summer Residency and Open Studios and Creative Mischief by the National Academy Museum, and has garnered praise and awards from ArtSlant (Showcase Winner) as well as Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series (Semi-Finalist, “Eden”). She was recently selected for a solo exhibition in New York City to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Garbadawala’s work can be found in private collections across the country and she was exhibited by Arteponte at SCOPE, during Miami Art Week 2017.
1995 – 1999
BBA Fashion Marketing, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
New York, NY. Awakening, curated by Noah Phillips, September 12 – September 13
Miami, FL. SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair, December 5 – December 10
New York, NY. School of Visual Arts, SVA Painting & Mixed Media Summer Residency Open Studio, July 6
New York, NY. Sonia Gechtoff Gallery/National Academy Museum, Creative Mischief, May 18 – June 13
New York, NY. Rush Galleries, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Semi-Finalist, curated by Andre Guichard, November 9 – November 18
AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
Artist-in-Residence: Painting & Mixed Media at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner (multiple selections), www.artslant.com
• Unbodied, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 60”w x 72”h
• Nightfall, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 31”h x 50”w
• Eight, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 48”h x 36”w
• Eden, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 24”h x 18”w