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. Kamiesha 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 graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1999, earning a BBA degree in Fashion Marketing. After starting her career at Polo Ralph Lauren, Kamiesha began exploring her artistic sensitivities through designing luxury handbags. In 2005, she launched her own company, Alric Suba LLC, which debuted at Barneys New York and was carried in stores globally. Continuing to refine her use of color, pattern and texture, in 2008 she joined renowned retailer Henri Bendel to develop its private label handbags and accessories business. Most recently, after starting a family, Kamiesha incorporated her years of artistic experience into painting, where her passion has flourished.
One of Kamiesha’s early works, Eden, representing a new beginning, was chosen as a regional semi-finalist piece for the 2016 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. While continuing to produce her art, Kamiesha looks forward to the opportunity to showcase her work more broadly.
Kamiesha was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica, and currently lives and works in New York City with her husband and two children. Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States.
2000 – 2002
Master of Arts Candidate in Visual Culture/Costume History, New York University, New York, NY
1995 – 1999
BBA Fashion Marketing, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
New York, NY. Awakening Solo Exhibition Curated by Noah Phillips, September 12 – September 13
Forthcoming: Miami, FL. SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair Exhibitor, December 5 – December 10
New York, NY. School of Visual Arts, 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
8th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Unbodied, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 60″ h x 72″ w. www.artslant.com
6th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Nightfall, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 31″ h x 50″ w. www.artslant.com
5th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Eight, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 48″ h x 36″ w. www.artslant.com
4th 2017 ArtSlant Prize Showcase Winner for Eden, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 24″ h x 18″ w. www.artslant.com