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.

Dubai Studio Launch

South Asia’s leading contemporary landscape painter, Soraya Sikander launches her new space in Dubai near Dubai Investment Park. 01 October 2020 from 5 to 9 pm. Drop in or Attend the event virtually on zoom. Zoom Meeting ID: 713 2655 0888 code: art
For queries or to confirm your RSVP Email: info@sorayasikander.com

Shuiyucun

During my stay, I had the privilege to visit Shuiyucun, outside of Beijing. Here, I witnessed nature in all her glory. Pristine water, lakes, waterlilies, sunlight gleaming on soft water ripples, tall majestic trees, mountains & villages. The beauty, serenity, magnificence of the natural world inspired me to paint a new series.
Nature Morte murals are Referencing both Impressionism, Pointillism and Action Painting. Through the use of bright colours, the large scale, nature based, wall paintings revisit the spontaneous joy of painting.


Nature Morte mural by Soraya Sikander for Delhi Private School, UAE.

Soraya Sikander, who paints from her studio in the Emirates, has experimented in a new medium to produce her new work, as part of a larger investigation into painting.

Nature Morte murals are Referencing both Impressionism, Pointillism and Action Painting. Through the use of bright colours, the large scale, nature based, wall paintings revisit the spontaneous joy of painting.


Soraya Sikander ‘Art has the ability to humanise us’ by ASJAD NAZIR (Eastern Eye)

Art has been an important part of Soraya Sikander’s life from a young age and that early passion to create has turned into a flourishing career as a world-class painter.

Today, the leading contemporary artist known for her landscapes and organic forms has made a name internationally with multiple exhibitions, which recently included being a part of the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale. She is also renowned for her pioneering calligraphy landscapes and has a rapidly growing list of collectors snapping up her work.

Eastern Eye got Soraya Sikander to tell us about her life in art.

Soraya Sikander paints with Chinese Master Bill Zhao

Soraya Sikander paints with Chinese Master Bill Zhao Xu.
A special thanks to: XING FENGLIANG, KATHY, DAISY, BILL ZHAO & STUDIO ASSISTANTS, CHINA FOUNDATION FOR PEACE & DEVELOPMENT.
Pakistani Artist 巴基斯坦艺术家 SORAYA SIKANDER 索拉雅•西坎德
is exhibiting her painting A WINTER NIGHT 冬天的夜晚
2018 / oil on canvas 布面油画 / 121.92 cm 厘米 x 91.44 cm 厘米
at the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale in China 北京美术双年展 2019.
索拉雅·西坎德 是当今南亚著名的艺术家之一,以她的风景和有机形式著称。这位艺术家在画布上画油画和丙烯画。她以其开创性的书法风景而著称,结合了山水画和书法绘画。Soraya Sikander is one of the famous artists in South Asia today, known for her landscape and organic form. The artist paints oil and acrylic on the canvas. She is known for her groundbreaking calligraphy landscape, combining landscape painting with calligraphy painting.

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

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

Soraya Sikander ‘INSCAPE’ Reviewed by Nigaah Arts & Culture from South Asia

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 … Continue reading Soraya Sikander ‘INSCAPE’ Reviewed by Nigaah Arts & Culture from South Asia