Nasima Bhayat is a South African who grew up in the township of Lenasia, south of Johannesburg. She presently lives in Cape Town. She engages with a number of different mediums ranging from scraper- board, which involves intense attention to detail, to oils, acrylic, pen and ink, pencils and charcoal. For Nasima art is relaxing, meditative and spiritual and she is often found absorbed in her work for hours. While she is drawn to vibrant and intense colours, her present work is an exploration of the majestic nature of gold and its ability to bring intensity and nobility to monochromatic artwork. The magical quality of gold shifts the art into a timeless zone of sublime beauty. After some initial planning, followed by periods of intense creativity, she allows her art work to take on a life of its own. The result is often an art piece that is filled with intricate and meticulous designs underscored by mesmerizing contrasts and textures.
She is strongly influenced by the character and insights of her Indian ancestry while also reflecting her current African heritage. Bringing together the best of two worlds, her work is a tapestry of multicultural images reverberating with a fusion of African iconic symbols, Indian mandalas, complex and sophisticated designs derived from henna tattoos and African wildlife. Her work is unique in both method and content often tantalizing the observer with minute details that underlie her work. Nasima's art is continually growing as she discovers more about herself as an artist and as an integral cog in the universe and her place in it.