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.
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 ‘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 new series of calligraphic landscape paintings based on her interpretation of Pakistan. Her paintings ‘Sunset‘ and ‘Horizon dark‘ are a showcase of different times of […]


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 volatility and natural landscape. So essentially, this […]

Soraya Sikander ‘INSCAPE’ Exhibition 28 FEBRUARY 2017

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 at Unicorn Gallery, Lahore  To view the […]

Soraya Sikander listed as ‘Top Pakistani Contemporary Artists Making It Big Internationally’

Pakistan generally makes it to the headlines mostly due to wrong reasons nowadays. But behind all the geo-political turmoil, it has a rich tradition of culture, arts and music that generally goes unnoticed. Its actors and musicians have been working in the entertainment industry of neighbouring India for a long time. But what is lesser known is the new breed of contemporary artists who are making waves in the international circuit. More encouragingly, women have been at the forefront of this movement, which is no mean achieving in a highly conservative and patriarchal society. So, here is an attempt to introduce a few shining starts of the Pakistani art scene

LECTURE: Soraya Sikander TEDx art talk on ‘Images and context- Conditioning in art’

Soraya Sikander TEDxNED talk: Ideas worth spreading Artist Soraya Sikander presents a number of images without any description, outside their context. These images are threaded together in visual slides and the audience builds these images to shape various associations with the work presented. After reviewing several images by French masters, contemporary installation artists, conceptual and […]

PROJECT: Urban Dialogues 2013 with Janice Wilkins and Caroline Jaine (Cambridge)

PROPOSAL URBAN DIALOGUES COLLABORATIONS 2013 reduced mood board for 3FF urban dialogue proposal  Caroline Jaine, Soraya Sikander, Janice Wilkins The above artists propose working in collaboration in response to the  Urban Dialogues 2013 theme of “Reflections” “Becoming Something Else” We are three diverse women living in the UK and Pakistan aged 29, 43 and 51 […]