In this exclusive interview with Geo News, artist Soraya Sikander discusses her work, process, technique, style and subject.
Leading art gallery of Pakistan, Unicorn Gallery was Founded by art critic Seemah Niaz. Unicorn specialises in the history of Pakistani and Indian painting and has presented works by some of the most distinguished South Asian painters including Ustad Allahbux, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, Ahmed Parvez, Bashir Mirza, Colin David, F N Souza, Gulgee, Jehangir Sabavala, Krishen Khanna, M F Husain, Murtaza Bashir, S H Raza, Shakir Ali and Vasudeo S. Gaitonde.
Unicorn has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions, Annual Art Book Fair exclusive to Unicorn, art scholar talks and documentary screenings. Unicorn is also active in the preservation of the history of regional painting by way of a prolific production of art monographs and books.
Unicorn Gallery has hosted retrospectives of major masters including: Sadequain’s Rubbiyats, Jameel Ahmed A Forgotten Master, Ghulam Rasul - Pakistan’s most influential landscape painter and most recently Laila Shahzada a life - The legacy of a pioneer of modern painting in Pakistan.
Unicorn Gallery was Founded by Seemah Niaz.
Unicorn Gallery specializes in Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art and has a high reputation for the quality of its exhibitions, annual art book fairs, lectures, documentary screenings, launches, seminars, internships and other opportunities. Unicorn Gallery holds numerous thought-provoking exhibitions in collaboration with curators, art galleries, museums, institutes and organizations, and sources to auction houses. We encourage scholarly research and exploration of art as seen from its historical, cultural, and social contexts with art critics and historians.
The gallery produces its own exhibitions including traveling shows, introduces new art publications and hosts retrospectives of major painters as well as represents emerging artists, who experiment in a wide-range of media, display technical skill, diversity in portfolio and are innovative in approach. Unicorn Gallery’s exhibitions have encompassed all the visual arts including: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, serigraphs, photography, architecture, film, video and performance.
SEEMAH NIAZ was educated at St.George’s School in London, England and Lahore, Pakistan. She is a M.A previous in English Language and Literature from Punjab University, and B.A. in French and English Literature from Kinnaird College. She has been a freelance journalist and has contributed articles to Herald, Newsline, Dawn, Star etc. She has curated numerous exhibitions on South Asian Art in Dubai, New Delhi, Singapore and London and is the Founder of Unicorn Gallery, Karachi, and Unicorn Space, Dubai. She is widely traveled and has taught at The Lyceum School, St. Patrick’s, Karachi, Westminster College and David Game.
Seemah is actively involved in social work, promoting literacy and child health in Pakistan. She is the author of the ‘Mona Naqsh’ biography. Niaz has lectured on Pakistani Art at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London.
In this exclusive tv interview on the morning show, popular painter Soraya Sikander, best known for her nature based paintings, talks about her upcoming shows and future plans
EXHIBITION: REALMS OF COLOUR AND SPIRIT Zohreen MurtazaMarch 04, 2018 https://www.dawn.com/news/1393108
INSCAPE by UZMA NAWAZ PAKISTANI ARTIST SORAYA SIKANDER EXHIBITS A NEW SERIES ‘INSCAPE – EXPLORING INNER LANDSCAPES’ AT LEADING INTERNATIONAL ART GALLERY UNICORN GALLERY 2018 IN LAHORE. She presents a new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation of Pakistan. Her paintings ‘Sunset‘ and ‘Horizon dark‘ […]
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 […]
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SORAYA SIKANDER AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THE EXHIBITION SERIES: ‘A FLORAL SYMPHONY’ , THE GOLDEN COLLECTION’ , ‘IN, AT, AROUND’ SORAYA SIKANDER RETURNS WITH A NEW ANNUAL EXHIBITION SERIES UNICORN GALLERY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT A NEW SOLO EXHIBITION ‘INSCAPE’ OPENS 10.2.2018, 5 PM AT UNICORN GALLERY 32-B-2 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Artist Soraya Sikander on painting: ‘No city could be more rewarding than Ras Al Khaimah’ THE NATIONAL | Arts & Life MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016 | RAMADAN 1, 1437 Soraya Sikander, who was born in Karachi and moved to the UAE two years ago, has always been immersed in art […]
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 […]
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Contemporary artist Soraya Sikander exhibits at the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RAS AL KHAIMAH as part of the prestigious Art Fair RAS AL KHAIMAH FINE ARTS FAIR 2016
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EASTERN EYE (UK) 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 […]
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 […]
NETHERLANDS: Artist Soraya Sikander exhibits at leading Dutch gallery, Galerie Patries Van Dorst Click to view the artist’s exhibition pre-opening interview [
NEW: Artist Soraya Sikander in conversation, a PTV exclusive, on Weekend World Discussing her painting ‘Breaking Dawn’, art making process, and living in Pakistan
Title: Boom, Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas, Size: 24 by 30 inches, Year: 2015 (Sold)
Title: Pop, Medium: Oil and acrylic on canvas, Size: 30 by 24 inches, Year: 2015 (Sold)
NEW: Artist Soraya Sikander in an exclusive interview with Samaa TV Discussing her latest artworks, projects, process and upcoming exhibitions
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 http://www.patriesvandorst.nl/files/1014/4440/1067/EmbassyArtbookletOctober9-4.pdf Art Exhibition: Artist Soraya Sikander presents a new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation of Pakistan. […]