Natessa Amin is a visual artist based in Philadelphia. Amin makes paintings, sculptures, and installations that create worlds and environments questioning where we come from and where we are going. With a sensitivity to materiality, Amin explores issues of transcultural identity through her personal heritage and addresses themes including memory, duality, spirituality, and post-colonial narratives. Throughout the work, a lexicon of symbols alluding to notions of creation and destruction decorates the surfaces of Amin's paintings and sculptures. These symbols form an ongoing narrative that maps the artist's dual family heritages and connection to the Indian diaspora in Southeast Africa and her upbringing in Pennsylvania.
Amin earned her BFA in Painting from Boston University and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Amin has had solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, NY; the Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, PA; and The Romano Gallery at Blair Academy, NJ; She has shown her work in two-person exhibitions at TSA, Los Angeles and OyG Projects, Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include Hangar H18 Gallery, Brussels; Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn; Distillery Gallery, Boston; Benaco Arte, Italy and the Fabric Workshop and Museum; Woodmere Art Museum; PAFA; TSA; Pilot Projects and CFEVA in Philadelphia. In 2019 Amin’s work was featured at Abu Dhabi Art and India Art Fair presented by Galerie Isa (Mumbai) and in 2022 A collection of Amin’s work was part of the survey exhibition "Fields and Formations" which traveled from The Delaware Contemporary to the American University Museum, D.C.
She has been awarded residencies at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Wassaic Project, Lacawac Sanctuary & Biological Field Station, and the Golden Foundation for the Arts. Additionally, Amin is a co-founder of the artist-run space FJORD Gallery in Philadelphia and she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Moravian University in Bethlehem, PA.