Nasreen Mohamedi was born in Karachi in 1937 and raised in Bombay. After studying at St. Martin’s School of Art in London from 1954 to 1957, she returned to India and joined the Bhulabhai Institute for the Arts.
Through her mentorship with the abstract painter V.S. Gaitonde, Mohamedi developed her personal sense of the sublime in abstraction. In 1961, the artist had her first solo exhibition at Gallery 59 in Bombay. She was inspired by Islamic architecture while travelling through the Middle East in the mid 1960s. From 1972 to 1988, Mohamedi was teaching at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the M.S. University in Baroda, India.
In 1990, Mohamedi died of Parkinson’s disease in Kihim, India. During her lifetime, Nasreen Mohamedi’s work was included in the Thrid Triennial in New Dehli, India in 1975 and ‘Artists Indiens en France’ at the Centre National de Arts Plastiques in Paris, France in 1985. Her work has since been presented at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay in 1991 and in the exhibition ‘The Last Picture Show’, 2003-2004 at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.