Human rights activist, author and international artist
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nahid Shahalimi is a human rights activist, an author and one of the most prolific international artists in the art world. Today, she lives in Munich, Germany. But, growing up, she and her family lived all over the world; in Pakistan, Spain, Germany, the United States and Canada. Canada is a second home to Shahalimi, who represented the country as a professional volleyball athlete in the World Tour of 2000. It was also there where she earned her college and university degrees in International Politics/South East Asian studies, human rights and the Fine Arts.
After having survived the atrocities of war and fleeing her beloved home Afghanistan, she now donates parts of the proceeds of her art shows and projects to humanitarian causes. Shahalimi also initiates and organizes projects to promote and bring awareness to issues supporting evolution of all human kind with education as its base. She is an active supporter of UNICEF Germany and many foundations around the world.
With these humanitarian efforts, Shahalimi is also the founder and chairwoman of HOFA e.v., Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Afghanistan. Due to displacement and her background in so many different countries, Nahid Shahalimi has developed the ability to quickly adapt to diverse cultures and local customs. She speaks English, French, German, Persian (Dari) fluently and also has great knowledge of Urdu and Spanish.
Great emphasis on humanitarian projects
As a strong human rights activist, Nahid Shahalimi has put great emphasis on humanitarian projects as the base of her artistic projects and her work has been showcased in solo and group shows internationally; in London-her paintings have been auctioned at the prestigious “Pink Ribbon Ball” in support of Breast Cancer Campaign on several occasions. She initiated her “Kinder malen für Kinder” (kids painting for kids) successfully in late 2007 and early 2008; A project where her contemporary collection of work in collaboration with her daughter, Ila, and dozens of other children’s works, were auctioned and shown at the renowned Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich. As the initiator and organizer of the project, she donated the entire proceeds of both events to UNICEF’s Polio Vaccine projects in Africa.
In October of 2010, Shahalimi was given the honor to paint an interpretation of the most expensive Audrey Hepburn stamp in the world, authorized by Sean Hepburn F.; Former CEO and founder of Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund (AHCF) and Audrey Hepburn's oldest son. It was auctioned at the prestigious Adlon hotel in Berlin for an overwhelming price. She donated the funds fully to AHCF and UNICEF’s educational projects that evening.
Shahalimi also debuted very successfully “German Soccer for Life” - exclusive portrait paintings of the men's German national soccer team players and coaches, 2014 world cup winners, personally signed by each player/coach supported and collaborated by the German Football Association (DFB) to bring awareness and funds to the DFB foundation’s projects in Ukraine and UNICEF Germany’s girls' schools in Afghanistan, as a kick off for the European Championship 2012.
She also successfully initiated her popular “We, the Women-Germany” project in 2010 in Munich, Germany. The project travelled Germany for 4 years - honoring strong and inspirational German women personalities. “We, the Women” is planned to travel around the world for years to come, singling out as many powerful, strong, intelligent and above all inspirational unique women who have paved a solid road for all human kind to walk on. The book, “We, the Women-Germany” by Nahid Shahalimi, officially opened on January 14th, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Shahalimi is currently writing her second book and producing her first documentary film.