Shirin Sahba was born in India to an architect and graphic
designer, spending her adolescent years surrounded by the
pristine azures of the Mediterranean in Israel, and visiting
25 countries before she was sixteen. It was travel that
compelled her to paint and her palette was laden with the
colours, the tones, the contours and textures of the vibrant
landscapes she was privileged to encounter and the vivid
personalities who negotiated those spaces.

Since the beginning, her commitments to canvas of her
reflections on the nature of diverse peoples' engagements
with myriad spaces have evolved a unique consciousness in
her art: humanity is one and humanity's watchword is unity
in diversity. And to accept this is to insist on drawing
(out) the joy, the goodness, the beauty of people relating
to people relating to spaces. To see the joy even of
separation, the goodness even of sadness, and the beauty
even of failure. The nostalgia of place, the sense of being
of but not in Shirin's landscapes, or vice versa, is what
engenders the shared sense of expansive intimacy and secure
vulnerability that is unique to her work.