ABOUT SORAYA

SORAYA SIKANDER is one of today’s leading contemporary South Asian artists. Known for her landscapes and organic forms, the artist has been ranked as one of Pakistan’s best known painters making it big internationally, listed as ‘Artist to watch’. Soraya works in oil and acrylics on canvas and is internationally renowned for her calligraphy landscapes. Recognition for her work has come through critical acclaim and sell-out exhibitions. She is also a TEDx art speaker. She has trained in fine arts through the London Atelier of Representational Arts, Slade Summer School (UCL), and Beaconhouse National University.

Her art has been reviewed by: HELLO!, OK!, The National, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, The Gulf Today, Dahabiya, Jaffat El Aqlam, Artlyst etc. Soraya Sikander has held over sixteen international group and solo exhibitions including at Beijing Biennale 2017 (National Art Museum of China), Galerie Patries Van Dorst (Netherlands), Etihad Modern (Abu Dhabi), National Museum of Banlagdesh (Dhaka museum), La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade (London), Unicorn Gallery (Karachi, Lahore), Alhamra Art Gallery (Lahore), The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) RAK Fine Art Fair and more.

Artist statement:

“I have always been inspired by the world around me: nature in various forms – the natural world – and I make the analogy with architecture because that is the opposite of the organic. It is man-made. It’s interesting for me to observe this relationship and clash, which is most blatant in a still life; like say when you have flowers in a vase, the formality verses the rampant organic and putting those things together. And that exists in everything. At the point of action, at the point of painting, all sorts of other elements come into play. It is not totally cerebral, it is not planned on a piece of paper and replicated on canvas. My work has the ability to surprise me. It captures the complexities of development. There is nothing tame or settled about the natural world. The growth of a flower involves larger elemental forces, chemistry and carbon. I arrive at landscape through ecology. It is the whole meaning that interests me not just surface appearance. I am equally interested in how landscapes evolve. The still and the everyday be it a sky, cloud, scattering, dynamism” – Soraya Sikander

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EDUCATION

2014 London Atelier of Representational Art
2012 Slade Summer School, UCL, London
2008 Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

EXHIBITIONS 

24 SEPTEMBER 2017 Biennale:

‘Seventh International Artist Beijing Biennale’ National Art Museum of China

28 FEBRUARY 2017 Solo exhibition:

‘Inscape – exploring inner landscapes’ Unicorn Gallery, Lahore

20 FEBRUARY 2016 Art Fair:

‘RAK Fine Arts Fair 2016’ National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah

28 NOVEMBER 2015 Group exhibition:

‘Embassy Art’ Galerie Patries Van Dorst, Wassenaar

20 JANUARY 2014 Solo exhibition:

‘In, At and Around’ Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore

20 AUGUST 2013 Group exhibition:

‘Awaaz Baldia Inferno’ Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi

10 JANUARY 2013 Solo exhibition:

‘In, At and Around – exploring urban space’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

28 SEPTEMBER 2012 Group exhibition:

‘New Art from Pakistan’ La Galleria Pall Mall, London

05 SEPTEMBER 2012 Group exhibition:

‘Slade summer show 2014’, UCL, London

29 JULY 2011 Group exhibition:

‘Art from Pakistan’ Pakistan High Commission, London

04 OCTOBER 2010 Group exhibition:

‘Art without boundaries’ Total Arts, Dubai

17 JUNE 2010 Group exhibition:

‘The Golden Collection’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

17 JUNE 2010 Solo exhibition:

‘An Ode to Nature’ Grand Trunk Road Art Gallery, Singapore

19 FEBRUARY 2010 Solo exhibition:

‘A Floral Symphony’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

16 OCTOBER 2009 Group exhibition:

‘A meeting of minds’ National Art Gallery Bangladesh, Dhaka Museum

30 AUGUST 2009 Group exhibition:

‘Recession’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

REVIEWS

 22.10.2017 ‘Between sight and memory’ Dawn (EOS Page 4)

13.05.2017 ‘Soraya giving new dimensions to calligraphy’ Ad Gallery Vivo

19.03.2017 ‘How green is our grey’ The News on Sunday

17.03.2017 ‘In her mind’s eye’ The Friday Times

01.03.2017 ‘Inner landscapes’ Dawn

12.2015 ‘Soraya Sikander at Galerie Patires Van Dorst’ European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology
23.10.2015 ‘Embassy Art Exhibition’ Diplomat Magazine
12.2014 ‘Top Pakistani Contemporary Artists Making It Big Internationally’ ArtSome
09.2014 ‘HELLO! Pakistan catches up with artist Soraya Sikander’ HELLO! Pakistan
06.2014 ‘An Inquisitive Wanderer – Urban Trivialities and Art Escape’ CaravanDaily
04.2014 ‘Soraya Sikander’s work is an on-going visual monologue’ IRIS
19.02.2014 ‘In, at and around with Soraya Sikander’ Youlin Magazine
15.02.2014 ‘Soraya Sikander’s In, at and around Lahore makes news’ The News Lark
02.2014 ‘In, at an around: Soraya Sikander at Alhamra Gallery’ SHE magazine
02.02.2014 ‘Art beat: Eclectic and exuberant’ Dawn
23.01.2014 ‘Exhibition In, At and Around continues to attract crowds’ Daily Times
21.01.2014 ‘In, at and around: Urban violence, natural beauty caught on canvas’ The Express Tribune
21.01.2014 ‘New approach paintings on display’ Dawn
12.2013 ‘Sharing an artist’s viewpoint: Soraya Sikander In, at and around’ ADA Architecture Design Art
05.2013 ‘Responding to her environment’ GLAM Magazine
02.2013 ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Newsline magazine
02.2013 ‘In, at and around’ Women’s Own magazine
28.01.2013 ‘Artist explores British urban landscape’ The Samosa UK
25.01.2013 ‘Various impressions of the city’ Weekly Pulse
19.01.2013 ‘Art Facts: Dark and bright cityscapes’ Business Recorder
13.01.2013 ‘Art Beat: In, at and around’ Dawn
12.01.2013 ‘In, At and Around by Soraya Sikander’ Islamic Arts Magazine
11.01.2013 ‘Soraya Sikander uses London’s colours and Karachi’s tones of grey’ The Express Tribune
11.01.2013 ‘Impressions of a foreign land’ Dawn
09.2012 ‘Works of leading Pakistani Artists to be showcased in London’ The Samosa
09.2012 ‘New Art from Pakistan’ Artlyst
09.2012 The High Commission for Pakistan in United Kingdom – Essay
09.2012 La Galleria Pall Mall – Essay
07.2011 ‘Vitality and versatility’ The Nation London
07.2011 Associated Press of Pakistan – Essay
31.07.2011 ‘The response of young Pakistani artists’ Frontier Star
27.07.2011 ‘Contemporary Art Exhibition at Pakistan High Commission’ AsiaNet
07.07.2011 ‘Question of peace – answer of art’ The Gulf Today
24.06.2011 ‘At one with Nature’ Art & Culture, Khaleej Times
29.05.2010 ‘The Golden Collection of vivid scenic beauty’ Business Recorder
24.05.2010 ‘The Golden Collection pays homage’ Daily Times
23.05.2010 ‘Rustic art – a piece of gold’ Dawn
02.04.2010 ‘Flower power’ Business Recorder
26.03.2010 ‘Make flowers – not war’ Nigaah
24.03.2010 ‘Seeking solace in colours of spring’ Business Recorder
20.02.2010 ‘Celebrating nature – not terrorism’ Daily Times
24.02.2010 ‘Soraya’s painting exhibition’ The Leader
10.01.2010 ‘Sapphic Tales’ Dawn
23.10.2009 ‘A meeting of minds’ Arts and Entertainment, The Daily Star
23.10.2009 ‘Emotions coloured’ Star Weekend
24.08.2009 ‘Interpreting the recession’ Dawn
22.08.2009 ‘Recession on canvas’ Business Recorder
19.07.2009 ‘Fann-e-Musawari’ Muqadamma
15.06.2009 ‘Musawari ko urooj’ Awam
15.06.2009 ‘Art in Pakistan’ Regional Times
22.03.2009 ‘A place in the sun’ Gulf News

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017 The Album of the seventh Beijing International Art Biennale. China 2017 compiled by China Artists Association

2015 ‘Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art encyclopaedia’ Oxford University Press
2013 ‘In, at and around: exploring urban space’ Noorani Press – With essays by Professor Gerda Roper, Juliet Highet, Marjorie Husain, Dr. Akbar Naqvi, Mohsin Jaffri, M.S. Kureshi
2010 ‘Contemporary Pakistani Artists’ (Paperback) General Books LLC, ISBN-13: 9781156558416 Barnes and Noble

 

LECTURES

2014 “Conditioning in art: Images without context”, TEDx, NED University

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