"My colors are a vibrant expression, an act of rebellion, a joyful celebration."
Shima Star is a first-generation British-born artist living in Washington State. Growing up in the landscape of 1970s South London, Shima experienced a formative period during the height of a multicultural revolution that extended into the 1990s. As one of the first generations of Indians in London, she grappled with the challenge of personal cultural identification amidst the diverse mix of culture, religion, and traditions. Against familial expectations, Shima boldly pursued her passion for art and became the first in her family to attend art college, earning a distinction from the University of Arts in London. Drawing from her intersectional identity and breakthrough of imposed boundaries, her artwork reflects her rich Indian, African, and British heritage, as well as the challenges she faced as a BIPOC woman. Combined with her vibrant color palette, Shima’s abstract figuration redefines and celebrates the existence of women of color.
Shima has earned accolades such as the 4 Culture Gap Award, two solo exhibitions at TK Studios and the Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair, a public art collaboration with the Bellevue Arts Program, and features in publications such as Rutgers University of Arts magazine. Additionally, her artworks were recently chosen to be displayed at Shunpike Storefronts and Fathom Gallery. Her work has been exhibited in Seattle, Chicago, New York, and London.