Karla Nixon (b. 1990, South Africa) is a Durban based artist who predominantly works with paper. She hand-cuts and sculpts intricate images and objects, drawn from her surrounding environments.
Nixon completed her Master’s degree in Fine Art in 2017 at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Her degree focused on transience in the work of paper artists, which she completed with Cum Laude.
During her studies, she received a few awards, namely the Sam Newton Trophy and the Deans Merit award, and was awarded an NRF Scholarship. Nixon was awarded and completed a 3-month artist residency in Bremen, Germany, in 2017-18. She has been selected as a finalist in both the Sasol and ABSA art competitions numerous times.
Nixon has participated in a number of group shows in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has had a few small solo shows - the most recent being, Just Crease, in 2021 at the State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town.
Her work forms part of a both local and international private collections located in South Africa, Lebanon, Australia, Spain and Holland, as well as public collections including the Durban Art Gallery and The National Art Bank.
Nixon is currently a lecturer in the Arts Extended Program at The Durban University of Technology.