Nardstar* is a female graffiti artist based in Cape Town, and is rated one of the best in South Africa.
In this male dominated industry, Nardstar has chucked every single stereotype and misconception about female graffiti artists out the door.
As a teenager, she found herself constantly admiring the style and rebelliousness of graffiti splashed on the walls of Cape Town. She developed her wall painting technique and style by concentrating on graffiti lettering, fills, line and colour work.
In addition to being an experienced graffiti writer, Nardstar is a qualified graphic designer and attributes vector art as one of the influences on her style.
Vivid portraits, caricatures of animals or abstract shapes are all staples of Nardstar’s style.
If you have ever had the opportunity of seeing a Nardstar piece, then you know you have seen something unique.
She’s known for her signature bright, bold colour schemes, using shapes to break down and transform her subject matter into a harmonious work of art.
Her art has graced walls internationally namely as part of the Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, New York, the Grafikama art residency in Nante (FR) and was commissioned to Paint at the Nike World Headquarters (US) to name a few.
Nardstar was featured in Huffington Post’s 2014 article, “25 Women Pushing Street Art Limits Around the World”, and in January 2016 she was listed by Okayafrica as one of nine female artists in South Africa to watch out for. She is a full time artist that boasts an extensive list of walls, including her recent mural at the Two Oceans Aquarium.
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)
Mbokodo Women In Arts Nomination
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.
An art residency in Nante, France. Artists had an abandoned building to tranform into an exhibition.
Steve Biko Foundation
V&A Waterfront Food Market
UCT Lung Institute
Devolopment Action Group
Van Loveren Wines (Four Cousins)
Urban Lime Properties
Two Oceans Aquarium
Atelier PHP Perfumes (GER)
Pick Up Productions (FR)
One & Only Hotel
Les Escales Festival (FR)
The Big Issue
Adidas South Africa
Pam Golding Properties
The Obama Foundation