Fatma Issa Holm was born in 1960 in Lamu, Kenya. Today she is living in Aurskog Høland, Norway. She married in 1980 and have two grown-up children.
As a teenager she attended Lamu polytechnic school learning how to sow clothes and she attended afternoon hobby groups learning how to knit. Later when she moved to Nairobi she studied further at Nairobi polytechnic where she got her diploma in sewing. Her mother taught her to make embroideried hats and her aunt taught her how to decorate flowers, so her passion for domestic work and art started at a young age.
In Norway she continued her studies at Rud high school and later also attended an art college in Oslo where she got a bachelor degree in aesthetic subjects.
Holm has been teaching art in secondary schools, and other classes in Oslo. She has also worked for NORAD in Tanzania, Njombe district and Kenya, Machakos district. In both countries she taught in secondary schools and woman groups. She worked on a Pilot project at Strømmen art centre passing on art to primary schools in Akershus Fylke. Holm likes painting motives from Africa and she mostly paints women. Through her art she wants to show a different, wider side of Africa and its rich cultures. Holm is trying to achieve that by painting motives of animals and people in Africa from a different point of view.
Her recent paintings portrays the Swahili people and their culture and the paintings were displayed at her first exhabition in the her home country. One exhibition was held at the national museum of Kenya at Lamu museum and the second one at the national museum of Mombasa at Fort Jesus. For pictures from those events.
Here you can find articles written about me
Coastweek.com – «Norwegian Ambassador…»
Africa By Lene Haanshus (Kunst for alle, no. 3, 1997)
LamuHeritage.com – News and events
Indre Akershus Blad – Kulturformidler og brobygger
Norway.or.ke – Exhibition article
Indre Akershus Blad – Afrikansk dame- aften på Leikvin
Kriminalomsorgen – Med Monet som inspirator
Oslo fengsel – Skapende aktivitet for innsatte
Frifag bevegelse – Maling med mening
Skedsmo kunstforening – Utstillinger og andre aktiviteter
Education and qualification
College of art, with Cand. Mag. Examination in painting, drawing and sculpture
Fetsund art organisation at Lensmann museum
Strømmen culture center
Strømmen art organisation
Lørenskog videregående skole
Skedsmo art organisation
Vøienvolden gård, Oslo1998
Summer festival at indre øy Trondlang
Gjerdrum Culture center
Aurskog art organisation
Søndre Nordstrand art organisation, 2006
Machakos, Kenya at Kithongo Secondary School, 1986
Njombe, Tanzania at Lupembe Secondary School, 1990-93
Ikondo, Tanzania with Iwafi Woman Group
1999 – Today, Oslo prison Norway
Skedsmo Secondary School, Akershusfylke Norway
Lørenskog Secondary School, Akershusfylke Norway
Grønland Voksenopplæring, Oslo Norway
Lectures on Africa and art in Africa
Hamar High School
Husflid lag, domestic group
Sweden High School
She has written two books with a collection of poems written in Norwegian.
1. Hjertet med sin lidenskap, 2001 (”the heart with its passion”)
2. Min due i min hånd, 2005 (”the dove in my hand”)
Tasks and membership
Skedsmo art organisation, Norway
Aurskog art organisation, Norway
Strømmen art organisation, Norway
She has also been featured in different magasines of art and Norwegian newspapers like Aftenposten, Romerikes blad and Indre blad.