soraya sikander paints outdoors

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 on canvas, ink on paper and is known for her environmentally conscious sculptural installations produced from found and recycled objects. Soraya Sikander has held over twelve international group and solo exhibitions – these have gained her critical acclaim and commercial success. The artist studied academic drawing at the London Atelier of Representational Art, produced anthropomorphic sculptures at UCL’s Slade summer school and graduated from Beaconhouse National University. Soraya is a TEDx art speaker. Her work has been reviewed by major magazines and newspapers including: HELLO!, OK!, Khaleej Times, Gulf Today, Gulf News, Islamic Arts Magazine etc. She is renowned for the ‘IN, AT, AROUND’ series.


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

20.02.2016 Art Fair ‘Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Fair 2016’ National Museum of RAK
28.11.2015 Group ‘Embassy Art’ Galerie Patries Van Dorst, Netherlands
20.01.2014 Solo ‘In, At and Around’ Alhamra Art Gallery, Lahore Arts Council
20.08.2013 Group ‘Awaaz Baldia Inferno’ Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi
10.01.2013 Solo ‘In, At and Around- exploring urban space’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi
28.09.2012 Group ‘New Art from Pakistan’ La Galleria Pall Mall, London
05.09.2012 Group ‘Slade summer show 2014’, University College London
29.07.2011 Group ‘Art from Pakistan’ Pakistan High Commission, London
04.10.2010 Group ‘Art without boundaries’ Total Arts, The Courtyard Al Quoz, Dubai
17.06.2010 Group ‘The Golden Collection’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi
17.06.2010 Solo ‘An Ode to Nature’ Grand Trunk Road Art Gallery, Singapore
19.02.2010 Solo ‘A Floral Symphony’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi
16.10.2009 Group ‘A meeting of minds’ National Art Gallery Bangladesh, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka Museum
30.08.2009 Group ‘Recession’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

12.2015 ‘Exhibition: 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 Newspaper
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 Newspaper
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 Gallery
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 UK
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, Library by Farlex
27.07.2011 ‘Contemporary Art Exhibition at Pakistan High Commission’ NewsFeed & 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 Gallery
02.04.2010 ‘Flower power’ The Pulse, Business Recorder
26.03.2010 ‘Make flowers – not war’ Nigaah arts and culture from South Asia
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 Gallery
23.10.2009 ‘A meeting of minds’ Arts and Entertainment, The Daily Star
23.10.2009 ‘Emotions coloured’ Star Weekend magazine
24.08.2009 ‘Interpreting the recession’ Dawn Gallery
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

2015 Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art (Hardcover) encyclopedia OUP Oxford University Press
2013 In, at and around: exploring urban space (Catalog) 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

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