Soraya Sikander on ‘THE MORNING SHOW’ Interview on City42 TV channel

Pioneering Landscape painter, Soraya Sikander, discusses her painting theme, museum exhibitions and future plans with City 42 on ‘The Morning Show’. Interview on 27 August 2018.

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Soraya Sikander at Beijing Biennale 2017

SORAYA SIKANDER painting ‘Sunset’ at Beijing Biennale 2017 Pakistani Artist exhibits at leading international art fair ​Sunset | Oil on canvas | 36 by 48 inches | 2017 Booklet available at the National Art Museum of China​ ART FAIR: Pakistani Artist Soraya Sikander presents a new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation …

Top Pakistani Contemporary Artists Making It Big Internationally

By Enakshi Sharma
Pakistan generally makes it to the headlines mostly due to wrong reasons nowadays. But behind all the geo-political turmoil, it has a rich tradition of culture, arts and music that generally goes unnoticed. Its actors and musicians have been working in the entertainment industry of neighbouring India for a long time. But what is lesser known is the new breed of contemporary artists who are making waves in the international circuit.  More encouragingly, women have been at the forefront of this movement, which is no mean achieving in a highly conservative and patriarchal society. So, here is an attempt to introduce a few shining starts of the Pakistani art scene who are already well known in the western art scene and may achieve further glory in the future. They are not the only ones, but they should help you get acquainted with the scene. Read Soraya Sikander: This versatile painter works on diverse mediums including ink painting, silkscreen paintings, woodblocks and oil canvases. She gained fame through her take on capitalism at the height of recession of 2008-2009. She uses her multi-cultural background as a motivation to promote tolerance and nonviolence through her art that uses natural colours and inspirations.

‘INSCAPE 2018’ by Soraya Sikander



MANGROVES Mangroves is an exploration of the Karachi landscape – as seen through the mind’s eye. For me, I see cities, sea and places interchangeably. I paint tonal landscapes that capture the very ‘is-ness’ of being at a place. Representing the nature of the city of Karachi, its volatility and natural landscape. So essentially, this …

Soraya Sikander ‘INSCAPE’ Exhibition 28 FEBRUARY 2017

Calligraphic landscape painter Soraya Sikander to exhibit a new series entitled ‘INSCAPE’ Exhibition to open at Unicorn Gallery, Lahore Pioneering painter of calligraphic landscapes, artist Soraya Sikander returns to Pakistan with a new series ‘INSCAPE’ – Exploring landscapes as seen through the mind’s eye/inner worlds, Exhibition inauguration 28 FEBRUARY 2017 at Unicorn Gallery, Lahore  To view the …

EASTERN EYE ‘Soraya: Picture this’ Eguide 22/07/2016

Soraya Sikander By Asjad Nazir page1  page2  page3 It is no surprise that travel has shaped the work of leading contemporary fine artist Soraya Sikander. Born in Karachi, she grew up in different locations including Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore, and currently divides her time between Ras Al Khaimah and Pakistan. This exposure to different cultures has been …

IOPWE Interviews artist Soraya Sikander

  SORAYA SIKANDER is one of Pakistan’s leading artists. Listed as ‘Artist to watch’ she paints landscapes and cities. The artist is making it big internationally with over sixteen non-stop sell-out exhibitions at some of today’s most prestigious venues! Soraya has been interviewed by The Khaleej Times, The Gulf News, Gulf Today, HELLO! and major …

January 08th, 2016
My Top 10 Artistic Moments (And inspirations) By Soraya Sikander “My work is about the natural world in a state of change. It explores my subconscious and immediate environment. I use art as a means to arrive at ecology, not merely the surface, but the constant changing and evolving faces of landscapes and its dynamism,” said Soraya. [caption id="attachment_4221" align="alignleft" width="800"]Soraya Sikander featured in Eastern Eye - Britain's best known and most respected Asian paper Soraya Sikander featured in Eastern Eye - Britain's best known and most respected Asian paper[/caption]   Being outdoors: I always go outdoors to paint. Whether I paint the sea or mountains, whatever my subject, it will reference an actual existing location I find engaging. The environment is essential to understand study and observe nature. A usual day of painting for me involves packing my easels, oil paints with brushes, solvents, rags, canvases, getting dressed in track pants and sneakers, and then travelling to a place that has recurred in my thoughts. I recognize a landscape by their features and some places leave an imprint on my mind, almost carved into my psyche. I am haunted by particular scenery until I return to paint it. Getting my first art set: I have always worked in oil paints. The kind of tonal seascape paintings I make are best realized in this medium. My earliest sets of paints were Michael Harding pigments. I also paint with Old Holland paints and use only the finest quality brushes. Currently I am enjoying the convenience, flatness and luminosity of acrylic paints. My first exhibition: I have been painting for several years now, but I remember my first solo exhibition, which was A Floral Symphony in 2010 at Unicorn Gallery. They had been painted in my balcony garden. The play of light caught my attention. Most memorable exhibition: I am best known for my solo exhibition series In, At and Around, which explores urban space. The exhibition was edgy, playful, experimental, rooted in cultural identity and presented a unique and new approach to painting sceneries and cities. Magic moment: My first calligraphic landscape painting will always be memorable. It was painted on a roof – there’s just something about being under the open sky that makes me feel alive. Something triggers off a sensation; a feeling of lightness and of being – call it an awareness of one’s existence. I am most complete in such moments. First art sale: This was when I was in foundation year of an art college. I was painting for myself and it was a Jesus on the Cross scene. I was practicing my hand at academic realism, when an art collector who was visiting the gallery walked into my office room, saw the piece and asked me how much it was. Dutch delight: I was recently in the Netherlands for my exhibition and visited Wassenaar, Hague and Amsterdam. It was fall and the bare trees contrasting with the yellow fallen leaves were absolutely sensational. For an artist, no country can be more gratifying to paint visually than the Netherlands. The way it is designed with the windmills, structure and architecture. I have never felt as inspired, stimulated and aware of my surroundings as I did there. I would like to visit again, just to paint. Childhood memories: My childhood memories replay in my mind and have perhaps helped shape me. What I remember of being at home and growing up were flowers. We had a stunning garden and I used to get thrilled each time I saw light fall on the florals. They appeared to have changed colors with light, and this fascinated me. I realize now this was my first encounter with light and shade. I am equally interested in the works of old masters for their use of dramatic contrasts, rendering and ability to create a mood. Being at work: I spend hours working on a composition and each moment is memorable. I start with a brush mark, and a sketchy underdrawing.I define my painting areas, and redraw while I paint. I heavily thin my oil paints to create sweeping horizontal strokes that suggest hints of land. I gradually build my work, layer upon layer. Some works are almost immediate and definitive. They have spontaneity to them and they are complete. Others need reworking, reconsideration and many judgment calls. Heroic inspiration: I have multiple heroes and this list keeps updating itself. However, the works of British painter JMW Turner were extraordinarily dramatic, large and tonal. They expressed mood and almost possessed the viewer to the point where even after walking away, it plays on your mind. I would say he is one of the greatest landscape painters in the world, purely for his use of light. And, of course, the work of the French impressionists and their projection of nature cannot be emphasized enough. soraya sikander eastern eye britain Soraya Sikander is a Pakistan-based contemporary artist. Find out more on  Facebook: @sorayasikander and Twitter: @sorayasikander   


OK!PAKISTAN SORAYA SIKANDER – The extremely talented Pakistani artist, is making waves around the world for her landscapes and organic forms. She has been ranked as one of Pakistan’s best known painters making it big internationally, listed as ‘Artist to watch’  FASCINATED by landscapes, Soraya Sikander’s paintings encompass her unique style and vibrant colours to capture …

Soraya’s Netherlands exhibition

NETHERLANDS: Artist Soraya Sikander exhibits at leading Dutch gallery, Galerie Patries Van Dorst

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Soraya talks art, culture and society

NEW: Artist Soraya Sikander in conversation, a PTV exclusive, on Weekend World

Discussing her painting ‘Breaking Dawn’, art making process, and living in Pakistan


Soraya Sikander exclusive studio interview with Samaa TV

Soraya Sikander at Galerie Patries Van Dorst | Netherlands

Soraya Sikander Exhibits at Galerie Patries Van Dorst, Netherlands Pakistani Artist shows at Netherlands leading art gallery for the exhibition ‘Embassy Art’     Booklet can be viewed online Art Exhibition: Artist Soraya Sikander presents a new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation of Pakistan. These artworks shall be presented for the …

Unicorn Gallery in Lahore!

UNICORN GALLERY OPENS IN LAHORE! Karachi’s leading Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Museum and Bookstore now opens in Lahore! Pakistan’s premier art gallery launches  in Lahore with a major exhibition REVERBERATIONS REVERBERATIONS Opens 01st NOVEMBER 2015 Featuring International Masters and leading Contemporary artists, showcasing art jewels from the Unicorn Vault, artists represented over the …


INTERVIEW: HELLO!Pakistan interviews artist Soraya Sikander on her new work

SORAYA SIKANDER calls herself a fine artist trained in Western classical figurative drawing, working on a new visual language. A critically acclaimed painter, she has exhibited widely and showcased her work at major museums and galleries in London, Dubai, Dhaka, Singapore, Karachi and Lahore – her artworks are with major collectors. Soraya has spent several years training in fine arts at Beaconhouse National University (BNU), the Slade School of Fine Art and now at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA), focusing on drawing and sculpture. She recently held a TEDx talk on ‘Conditioning in Art’ and has been offered honorary MFAs, artist residencies, fair exhibits and commissions. Hello! Pakistan catches up with this young painter in London to discuss her latest art project.

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