Born in 1955 in France of mixed French and Sénégalese background, Nafissa Camara left France for Sénégal in 1972. She spent four years tracing her family history before returning to France in 1976. Influenced by beauty and pain of life experience, Camara began expressing her artistic visions on canvas.

Camara's first exhibition was in Paris in 1990, and was a display of her pen and ink work. Camara has won many awards and much recognition for her art. In, 1992, she ws nominated by the American cultural center in Dakar to compete for the "Mid-America Art Alliance". She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, in venues such as the Italian and Swiss Embassies, the National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, and the Lamu Gallery in New York.
Ms. Camara paints murals, room dividers, lamps, and does hand-painted clothing. Her objective is to share her work and culture with people on the street who don't always have access to galleries on African art and culture.
For those interested in acquiring or commissioning a Nafissa Camara original, she can be reached at 718-857-4767
With special thanks to:
African Voices, Spring 1996
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