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Shobi Miranda, Tasmanian Artist


Stephen Wiltshire is the world’s best known artist who has autism. Here in Australia, Tim Sharp of Laser Beak Man fame and Ping Lian are also well known.

Today we’d like to introduce you to a young Tasmanian artist whose work is often exhibited in her home state. Her name is Shobi Miranda.

Shobi started painting when she was 12 years old and is 25 now. She works with oils on canvas, modelling clay and with printmaking. Shobi also knits and embroiders.

Shobi has exhibited her work since 2007 and has had works in 17 exhibitions so far. In 2016 she exhibited in the following:

2016 Contemporary Art Tasmania Members Exhibition, Tasmania, Australia.
2016 Kingborough Council Art Exhibition, Kingston, Tasmania, Australia.
2016 The Clarence Open Art Exhibition, Rosny , Tasmania, Australia.

After primary school, Shobi was educated at home, with her mother Kumudini Nair-Miranda as main carer. Her mum explains more about Shobi’s current art practice:

‘Shobi spends much of her time doing art – painting, printmaking and clay modelling. She does not follow any time table but does these things when the mood takes her. When she starts work on a canvas or an etching she is usually quite obsessed and works very hard to finish it and into the wee hours of the morning.

Shobi usually starts on pieces to get them ready for local art shows and for someone who has little sense of time she manages to finish them in time.

We take her on road trips around Tasmania and she takes pictures of flora, fauna and landscapes that she likes to paint and normally paints them when she gets home. ‘


‘Shobi has sessions with her art mentor once a week and they discuss other artists and their art work. These sessions help Shobi to talk about art in general and eventually talk about her own art. She has made quite a bit of gains in that area. They also cover things like art theory.

The art mentor also organises visits to the museum and other places of interest to artists when time permits these outings.

She also has some speech therapy and a music mentor who comes in to engage her for musical activities at certain times of the year. Shobi normally decides when she wants these sessions and they are not fixed as such.’


Shobi’s parents have set up a website  for her to showcase her artwork.  The aim is that Shobi will manage the website by herself in the future.

You can read more about Shobi and see her work at:


Best wishes for all your art work and exhibitions in 2017, Shobi.

We look forward to seeing more of your work.



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