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 eighteen 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, Lahore Biennale and more.

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Artist CV




London Atelier of Representational Art


Slade Summer School, University College London


Beaconhouse National University, Lahore


24 MARCH 2018 Biennale:

‘Resurgence’ Lahore Biennale 01 collateral event

10 FEBRUARY 2018 Solo exhibition:

‘Inscape 2018’ Unicorn Gallery, Lahore

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 Art 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


19 MARCH 2018

‘Pakistani Artist Soraya Sikander exhibits INSCAPE at Unicorn Gallery’ by Nasir Wakeel, Aaj.tv

04 MARCH 2018

‘Exhibition: Realms of colour and spirit’ by Zohreen Murtaza, DAWN

11 FEBRUARY 2018

‘Beauty of seasons in dreams at Unicorn Gallery’ International The News

14 DECEMBER 2017

‘Pakistan’s leading contemporary landscape painter Soraya Sikander’ Enewspaper

08 DECEMBER 2017

‘Pioneer of style’ by Noor Jehan Mecklai, The Friday Times

22 OCTOBER 2017

‘Between sight and memory’ by Nimra Khan, Dawn (EOS Page 4)

13 MAY 2017

‘Soraya giving new dimensions to calligraphy’ Ad Gallery Vivo

26 MARCH 2017

‘Gallery: Inner landscapes’ by Saira Dar, Dawn

19 MARCH 2017

‘How green is our grey’ by Quddus Mirza, The News on Sunday

17 MARCH 2017

‘In her mind’s eye’ by Talal Faisal, The Friday Times

03 MARCH 2017

‘When travel meets nature through art’ by Mariam Shafqat, The Express Tribune

22 JULY 2016

‘Soraya: Picture this’ by Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye

28 JUNE 2016

‘Can’t miss 5 art exhibitions to see in Abu Dhabi and Dubai’ by Anna Seaman, The National

23 JUNE 2016

‘Fananoon fe daulate al emarat’ by Liz Collins, Dahabiya

06 JUNE 2016

‘Changing the landscape’ by Anna Seaman, The National, Arts & Culture

04 MARCH 2016

‘Breaking Barriers: Women Achievers Talk Equality feat. artist Soraya Sikander’ by Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye

08 JANUARY 2016

‘My Top Ten Artistic Moments and Inspiration with Soraya Sikander’ by Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye


‘Soraya Sikander at Galerie Patires Van Dorst’ European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology

23 OCTOBER 2015

‘Embassy Art Exhibition’ Diplomat Magazine


‘Top Pakistani Contemporary Artists Making It Big Internationally’ ArtSome


‘HELLO! Pakistan catches up with artist Soraya Sikander’ HELLO! Pakistan

JUNE 2014

‘An Inquisitive Wanderer – Urban Trivialities and Art Escape’ CaravanDaily

APRIL 2014

‘Soraya Sikander’s work is an on-going visual monologue’ IRIS

19 FEBRUARY 2014

‘In, at and around with Soraya Sikander’ Youlin Magazine

15 FEBRUARY 2014

‘Soraya Sikander’s In, at and around Lahore makes news’ The News Lark


‘In, at an around: Soraya Sikander at Alhamra Gallery’ SHE magazine

02 FEBRUARY 2014

‘Art beat: Eclectic and exuberant’ Dawn

23 JANUARY 2014

‘Exhibition In, At and Around continues to attract crowds’ Daily Times

21 JANUARY 2014

‘In, at and around: Urban violence, natural beauty caught on canvas’ The Express Tribune

21 JANUARY 2014

‘New approach paintings on display’ Dawn


‘Sharing an artist’s viewpoint: Soraya Sikander In, at and around’ ADA Architecture Design Art

MAY 2013

‘Responding to her environment’ GLAM Magazine


‘Voyage of Discovery’ Newsline magazine


‘In, at and around’ Women’s Own magazine

28 JANUARY 2013

‘Artist explores British urban landscape’ The Samosa UK

25 JANUARY 2013

‘Various impressions of the city’ Weekly Pulse

19 JANUARY 2013

‘Art Facts: Dark and bright cityscapes’ Business Recorder

13 JANUARY 2013

‘Art Beat: In, at and around’ Dawn

12 JANUARY 2013

‘In, At and Around by Soraya Sikander’ Islamic Arts Magazine

11 JANUARY 2013

‘Soraya Sikander uses London’s colours and Karachi’s tones of grey’ The Express Tribune

11 JANUARY 2013

‘Impressions of a foreign land’ Dawn


‘Works of leading Pakistani Artists to be showcased in London’ The Samosa


‘New Art from Pakistan’ Artlyst


The High Commission for Pakistan in United Kingdom – Essay


La Galleria Pall Mall – Essay

JULY 2011

‘Vitality and versatility’ The Nation London

JULY 2011

Associated Press of Pakistan – Essay

31 JULY 2011

‘The response of young Pakistani artists’ Frontier Star

27 JULY 2011

‘Contemporary Art Exhibition at Pakistan High Commission’ AsiaNet

07 JULY 2011

‘Question of peace – answer of art’ The Gulf Today

24 JUNE 2011

‘At one with Nature’ Art & Culture, Khaleej Times

29 MAY 2010

‘The Golden Collection of vivid scenic beauty’ Business Recorder

24 MAY 2010

‘The Golden Collection pays homage’ Daily Times

23 MAY 2010

‘Rustic art – a piece of gold’ Dawn

02 APRIL 2010

‘Flower power’ Business Recorder

26 MARCH 2010

‘Make flowers – not war’ Nigaah

24 MARCH 2010

‘Seeking solace in colours of spring’ Business Recorder

20 FEBRUARY 2010

‘Celebrating nature – not terrorism’ Daily Times

24 FEBRUARY 2010

‘Soraya’s painting exhibition’ The Leader

10 JANUARY 2010

‘Sapphic Tales’ Dawn

23 OCTOBER 2009

‘A meeting of minds’ Arts and Entertainment, The Daily Star

23 OCTOBER 2009

‘Emotions coloured’ Star Weekend

24 AUGUST 2009

‘Interpreting the recession’ Dawn

22 AUGUST 2009

‘Recession on canvas’ Business Recorder

19 JULY 2009

‘Fann-e-Musawari’ Muqadamma

15 JUNE 2009

‘Musawari ko urooj’ Awam

15 JUNE 2009

‘Art in Pakistan’ Regional Times

22 MARCH 2009

‘A place in the sun’ Gulf News



‘Resurgence’, Lahore Biennale 01 collateral event catalogue


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


Ras Al Khaimah Fine Art Fair 2016 catalogue in collaboration with the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah


‘Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art encyclopaedia’ Oxford University Press


‘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


‘Contemporary Pakistani Artists’ (Paperback) General Books LLC, ISBN-13: 9781156558416 Barnes and Noble


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