ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shelina Khimji is an award-winning Tanzanian-born artist. A self-taught artist drawn to art since her childhood, the colour and impressionism is her powerful symbolism as it reflects her happy persona and her ideal world imagery. She believes art has allowed her to dip her brush into her soul and paint away her fantasies. She tries to capture her fantasies, a memory, a thought, a longing, the glimpse of the world through rose-tinted glasses.
One of Shelina’s signature techniques is to create a misty effect in her paintings that evokes nostalgia and romance. She enjoys depicting old and ancient subjects, underprivileged people, and narrow streets. Over the course of her decade-long career, Shelina has garnered international attention; she was featured on CNN Style for her lockdown artwork submitted to a Dubai-based art studio, exhibited at World Art Dubai as the only Tanzanian artist, and was selected as the female Tanzanian ambassador to participate in an exhibition titled Art Connects Women in Dubai. She has also been a mentor and award-winner at local community art events, and her sketchbook has taken her to the USA and Canada as part of the Sketchbook Project.