James Nilsen-Misra is a visual artist born in Port Elizabeth in 1981, now based in Cape Town. His works have been exhibited at Everard Read Gallery, Ebony Curated, Rust En Vrede Gallery, ABSA gallery and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.
He was selected to participate in the Business and Arts South Africa Dynamic program, JoburgFringe, ThatArtFair and Cape Town Art Week Open Studios. James has collaborated with Artist Proof Studios on a series of prints.
A qualified Production Designer, James has worked art director, set decorator, props master and set dresser for TV series, features & commercials including: Kniediep in die Warm Water 2018, Grosser Freund, Kleiner Freund 2017, Cinderella 2016, 24 Hours To Live 2016 & Origins 2017.
James acted in performance art pieces with Athi Patra Ruga and Elgin Rust in Uit Die Room Van Onse Liefde and Translation Games.
Nilsen-Misra was a producer for Handspring Puppet Company, working alongside Basil Jones on the Tony Award winning production, War Horse, based in Cape Town for five years and on the road in London, New York and Los Angeles. Other projects included Janni Younge's Ouroboros and William Kentridge's il Ritorno d'Ulisse, Woyzeck on the Highveld and Ubu and the Truth Commission. James installed the Handspring exhibition, Fabricate at the 2014 Johannesburg Art Fair.
After qualifying with a BTech Fine Art degree from NMU and a National Diploma in Illustration James went on to complete a BA(Hons) degree in Production Design from AFDA. Following his studies, james joined Dylan Johnson at Hot Tuna Props and went on to manage Artappel Prophire for Artichoke Art Directing Industries, aka Ninon De Klerk, Michael De La Harpe, Mary and Josie Minty.
James served on the board of the Association for Visual Art for 4 years.