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 is a New York City-based Abstract Artist 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.
The former accessories designer, launched a celebrated line of handbags with Barneys before she was compelled by a set of personal tragedies to begin anew. Her creative passion has reemerged and flourishes as the energetic and gestural works resulting from meditative, stream-of-consciousness painting.
Previously exhibited as a part of SVA’s Summer Residency and Open Studios 2017, and Creative Mischief by the National Academy Museum 2017, Garbadawala was selected in for a solo exhibition entitled Awakening in New York City to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and as a part of Arteponte’s group exhibition at SCOPE, during Miami Art Week 2017. Garbadawala participated in Columbia University School of the Arts’ Summer Painting Intensive Program in June 2018, while her show Sugarcane debuted at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Chelsea during the summer of 2018. Garbadawala proudly donated her painting “Home” in October 2018 to benefit the Baryshnikov Arts Center Fall Fête Art Auction injunction with Paddle8, curated by Natasha Schlesinger of Art Muse NY.
May 2018 – June 2018
Summer Advanced Painting Intensive, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY
1995 – 1999
BBA Fashion Marketing, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
New York, NY. Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, Sugarcane, curated by Lori Robinson and Natasha Roberts, May 28 – June 11
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