Safina Said Kimbokota was born in 1981 in Lindi Region, Tanzania. She moved to Dar-es-salaam at the age of eight and has lived in Dar-es-salaam since then. She was born into a very creative family and was influenced from an early age by the wide range of creative expressions going on around her. She was encouraged to explore a variety of interests throughout her childhood but it wasn’t until her final year of secondary school that she realized her passion for fine art.
She went to Uganda in 2001 to study at the Namasagali College. Then to Bagamoyo College of Arts in Bagamoyo and in 2008 She joined University of Dar-es-salaam and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011, she has been concentrating on developing a career as both a painter and a sculptor. She is a member of several organizations TNC for (AIAP), WAC (Women Are Creators), (FPASA) Fine and Performing Students Association). TAVICOM (Tanzania Visual Communication Management). Also has been involved in a variety of group exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.
I am a girl from the coast and the only thing that inspires me is the way the woman from the coast dresses. Since completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Dar-es-salaam, I have been concentrating on developing a career as both a painter and a Metal Sculptor. My paintings focus on the woman from the Coast, Collage portraying Africa Cultures while my welded steel sculptures focus on delicate organic forms and the intricacy of natural life.
My paintings are an output of my interest in the beauty of Woman forms the Coast figures and an insight into my feelings towards physical and emotional relationships. I create paintings of female portals.
I use metal and steel into realistic and abstracts Marine Creatures that emphasize the beauty of natural shapes and forms. I reveal the graceful details of veins of fins or the tiny gills on the underside of these creatures, in a material known for strength and rigidity. I find the contradiction between subject and material both intriguing and challenging. Translating characteristics of nature into metal gives fluidity and life to a material that typically has none as well as giving strength and immortality to an often delicate subject.
I am interested in contrasting richly painted skin with muted backgrounds. Portraying the bodies in such an uncomplicated landscape allows the viewer not only to focus on the beauty of the figure but forces them to interpret what is happening between the figures rather than be persuaded by physical surroundings. This strengthens the emotional reaction and leaves space for the viewer to examine their own feelings about the human body, relationships and physical contact, while creating something beautiful in its simplicity.