Nardstar*

Visual Artist

Nardstar* is a South African street artist based in Cape Town. Her unique geometric-esque style has propelled her to the top of Africa’s growing urban art universe while continually flaunting her humble nature and love for traditional graffiti lettering. Expressing herself through bold lines, distinctive colour palettes and engaging subject matter which combine figurative and natural elements such as local flora and fauna, her vibrant artworks enrich their surroundings and spark constructive dialogue. Bursting with imagination, Nardstar* dazzles on any occasion; be it inside the studio or on the streets, from walls and canvas, to designing on the computer, and for a range of client briefs. Freshness and persistence has awarded her major accolades, including packaging designs for brands such as Castle Lite beer, sneaker customisation for Converse, window displays for Woolworths and large-scale murals for aquariums and residential buildings, to international festivals and artist residencies in France, Brazil, and the USA on more than one occasion, adding her name to walls of fame, and blessing the Nike worldwide headquarters with her talent. Formidable and flexible, she continues to wield her spray can to gain further notoriety, delving into relatable stories and pushing her own creative exploits to new heights.

Exhibitions

CORE (2012)
Trinity International Hip Hop Festival (Connecticut, USA, 2013)
Alpha Longboards Showcase (Germany, 2013)
Adidas Happy Hour Group Show (JHB, 2013)
Urban A Exhibition, Space Between Gallery (2015)
10/10 Group Show, Space Between Gallery (2015)
Welcome to my Garden, Space Between Gallery (2015)
That Art Fair, World Art Gallery (2016)
Turbine Art Fair, Prints on Paper (2017)
Worse Than Heroin, World Art Gallery (2019)

Projects/Festivals:

Mirror on the Wall 1 & 2 (Collab. with Falko)
-A cluster of murals painted on a farming settlement in Philippi and at Westridge High School.

The Darling Made Me Do It (Collab. with Falko) – A collaborative mural project that involved painting +/- 50 murals on 27 houses in one road. Artists spent an extensive amount of time living and painting in the rural town of Darling, turning the road into a tourist attraction. This was completed alongside artist, Falko One, sponsored by Adidas, The British Council and Sportscene.

Bushwick Collective (Brooklyn,NYC)
An ongoing large scale mural project in New York City.

Grafikama (FR)
An art residency in Nante, France. Artists had an abandoned building to tranform into an exhibition.

Les Escales Festival (FR)

Festival Concreto, Brazil (2019)

Awards

Mbokodo Women In Arts Nomination

Clients

Van Loveren Wines (Four Cousins)
V&A Waterfront Food Market
Devolopment Action Group
Atelier PHP Perfumes (GER)
Pick Up Productions (FR)
Les Escales Festival (FR)
Pam Golding Properties
The Obama Foundation (US)
Steve Biko Foundation
Two Oceans Aquarium
Urban Lime Properties
Adidas South Africa
UCT Lung Institute
One & Only Hotel
Universal Studios
Between 10and5
Supreme Being
Fanta Europe
The Big Issue
Woolworths
Dark Horse
NIKE (USA)
Cotton On
TB Proof
Redbull
Saatchi & Saatchi
New Media
Aria Property Group
Glen 21 Entertainment
Castle Lite SA
Jewel City
Scottish Leader
Lion Lager
Capitec Bank
Amazon
Aquila Game Reserve
Halls Sweets
Facebook Africa
Scottish Leader
Converse South Africa
iThemba Property

Media

Design Indaba:
http://www.designindaba.com/articles/creative-work/street-artist-nardstar-painting-women-colour-public-spaces

Nike:
https://news.nike.com/news/stash-nike-mural-nyc-garage

Mail & Guardian:
https://mg.co.za/article/2014-12-04-nadia-fisher-pushes-street-art-to-the-limit
https://mg.co.za/article/2015-06-04-eight-of-cape-towns-best-street-artists-on-instagram

Between 10 and 5:
https://10and5.com/2014/02/25/meet-street-artist-and-dinosaur-fan-nardstar/

Design Indaba:
http://www.designindaba.com/articles/creative-work/street-artist-nardstar-painting-women-colour-public-spaces

Two Oceans Aquarium:
https://www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/nardstar-mural-at-the-two-oceans-aquarium

Art Africa:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOIFUgQdlT8

Concrete Flower Documentary:
https://vimeo.com/68841210

Huff Post:
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.za/entry/women-street-artists_n_6188372

Women24:
https://www.w24.co.za/Home/Travel/5-South-African-street-artists-you-should-know-about-20151028

Marie Claire:
http://www.marieclaire.co.za/lifestyle/painting-town-3-local-female-street-artists-watch

Brooklyn Street Art:
http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2013/04/08/follow-the-nard-star-from-cape-town-to-brooklyn/

IOL:
https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/graffiti-artist-nadia-shows-true-colours-2054121
https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/not-just-graffiti-its-also-great-art-12807337

The New York Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/paidpost/belvedere/a-decade-of-difference/the-view-from-here.html