SORAYA SIKANDER

Biography

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 bestknown painters making it big internationally, listed as ‘Artist to watch’. Soraya works in oil and acrylics on canvas and is internationally renowned for inventing her pioneering Calligraphy Landscapes. Recognition for her work has come through critical acclaim and nonstop sold-out exhibitions. She is also a TEDx art speaker. Soraya Sikander trained in fine arts through the London Atelier of Representational Arts, and UCL Slade summer intensive. Her art has been reviewed by: China News, HELLO! Magazine, OK!, The National, Khaleej Times, Gulf News, The Gulf Today, Dahabiya, Al Bilad, Jaffat El Aqlam, Artlyst, etc. Soraya Sikander has held over twenty international group & solo exhibitions at premier galleries and museums worldwide including: Beijing Biennale 2019 & 2017 (National Art Museum of China), Galerie Patries Van Dorst (Netherlands), Etihad Modern (Abu Dhabi), National Museum of Bangladesh (Dhaka museum), 2 La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade (London), Unicorn Gallery (Karachi, Lahore, Dubai), Alhamra Art Gallery (Lahore), Sharjah Heritage Museum, The National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) RAK Fine Art Fair, Lahore Biennale and more.

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EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

22 FEBRUARY 2021 Group show: 'THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US' L'Alliance française of Dubai 


11 FEBRUARY 2021 Group show: 'THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US' The Gallery, Sustainable City, Dubai

27 NOVEMBER 2020 Private viewing: ‘ART EXHIBITION LAUNCH’ In collaboration with Select Group, Pacific Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah


01 OCTOBER 2020 Group show: ‘HUNAR ART 2020’ A fundraiser by friends of Hunar, Online International Art Exhibition


01 OCTOBER 2020 Studio launch: ‘DUBAI ART STUDIO’ Launch of Soraya Sikander’s new art studio, Dubai


29 OCTOBER 2019 Group show: ‘VOICES’ Elham Art Gallery, Ras Al Khaimah


26 AUGUST 2019 Biennale: ‘A COLORFUL WORLD AND A SHARED FUTURE’ 8th International Artist Beijing Biennale, National Museum of China, Beijing


03 JUNE 2019 Group show: ‘100 YEARS OF HILTON’ Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah


24 MARCH 2018 Biennale: ‘RESURGENCE’ Lahore Biennale 01 collateral event, Lahore


10 FEBRUARY 2018 Solo show: ‘INSCAPE 2018’ Unicorn Gallery, Lahore


24 SEPTEMBER 2017 Biennale: ‘SILK ROAD AND WORLD CIVILIZATIONS’ 7th International Artist Beijing Biennale, National Museum of China, Beijing


28 FEBRUARY 2017 Solo show: ‘INSCAPE – EXPLORING INNER LANDSCAPES’ Unicorn Gallery, Lahore


20 FEBRUARY 2016 Art Fair: ‘RAK FINE ART FAIR 2016’ National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah, Ras Al Khaimah


28 NOVEMBER 2015 Group show: ‘EMBASSY ART’ Galerie Patries Van Dorst, Wassenaar, Netherlands 3


20 JANUARY 2014 Solo show: ‘IN, AT AND AROUND’ Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore


20 AUGUST 2013 Group show: ‘AWAAZ BALDIA INFERNO’ Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi


10 JANUARY 2013 Solo show: ‘IN, AT & AROUND: EXPLORING URBAN SPACE’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi


28 SEPTEMBER 2012 Group show: ‘NEW ART FROM PAKISTAN’ La Galleria Pall Mall, London


05 SEPTEMBER 2012 Group show: ‘SLADE SUMMER SHOW 2014’ University College London, Slade school of fine art, London


29 JULY 2011 Group show: ‘ART FROM PAKISTAN’ Pakistan High Commission, London


04 OCTOBER 2010 Group show: ‘ART WITHOUT BOUNDARIES’ Total Arts, Dubai


17 JUNE 2010 Group show: ‘THE GOLDEN COLLECTION’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi


17 JUNE 2010 Solo show: ‘AN ODE TO NATURE’ Grand Trunk Road Art Gallery, Singapore


19 FEBRUARY 2010 Solo show: ‘A FLORAL SYMPHONY’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi


16 OCTOBER 2009 Group show: ‘A MEETING OF MINDS’ National Art Gallery Bangladesh, Shilpakala Academy / Dhaka Museum, Dhaka


30 AUGUST 2009 Group show: ‘RECESSION’ Unicorn Gallery, Karachi

 
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REVIEWS

05 MARCH 2021 'Twenty One Fabulous Females' by Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye

13 FEBRUARY 2021 'The World is Too Much With Us - Art Exhibition' by Matt Pomroy, GQ

24 JANUARY 2021 '6 UAE-Based Artists On How They're Encouraging Sustainability Via Their Art' by Athwifa Saleem, Harper's Bazaar Art 

19 NOVEMBER 2020 ‘Soraya has a lockdown art attack’ by Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye


17 NOVEMBER 2020 ‘For the skill within you’ The News


10 AUGUST 2020 ‘Soraya Sikander paints two new murals in a private project for Delhi Private School’ Biz Today


05 AUGUST 2020 ‘Nature more mural by Soraya Sikander for Private School, UAE’ Enewspaper


14 NOVEMBER 2019 ‘Art has the ability to humanize us: Soraya Sikander’ by Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye


16 MAY 2019 ‘The colours pull me’ The Independent


31 MAY 2019 ‘World Galleries Display Artist’s Works’ The News 


31 MAY 2019 ‘A big Eid trip down memory lane’ Eastern Eye


04 APRIL 2019 ‘A painter of life, Pakistani artist travels world for landscape inspiration’ The News


03 APRIL 2019 ‘I surely visit London in Autumn: Soraya Sikander’ Geo News 


21 MARCH 2019 ‘Give Peace a chance’ Indian News 


30 JULY 2018 ‘Soraya Sikander – Painters of Pakistan’ Albilad English Daily


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’ 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’ The Friday Times


22 OCTOBER 2017 ‘Between sight and memory’ 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’, 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’ 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 & 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


DECEMBER 2015 ‘Soraya Sikander at Galerie Patires Van Dorst’ European Association for Asian Art and Archaeology


23 OCTOBER 2015 ‘Embassy Art Exhibition’ Diplomat Magazine


DECEMBER 2014 ‘Top Pakistani Contemporary Artists Making It Big Internationally’ ArtSome


SEPTEMBER 2014 ‘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


FEBRUARY 2014 ‘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


DECEMBER 2013 ‘Sharing an artist’s viewpoint: Soraya Sikander In, at and around’ ADA Architecture Design Art


MAY 2013 ‘Responding to her environment’ Glam Magazine


FEBRUARY 2013 ‘Voyage of Discovery’ Newsline magazine


FEBRUARY 2013 ‘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


SEPTEMBER 2012 ‘Works of leading Pakistani Artists to be showcased in London’ The Samosa


SEPTEMBER 2012 ‘New Art from Pakistan’ Artlyst


SEPTEMBER 2012 The High Commission for Pakistan in United Kingdom – Essay


SEPTEMBER 2012 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

 
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019 The Album of the eighth Beijing International Art Biennale. China 2019 compiled by China Artists Association


2018 ‘Resurgence’, Lahore Biennale 01 collateral event catalogue


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


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


2015 ‘Oxford Companion to Pakistani Art encyclopedia’ Oxford University Press 


2013 ‘In, at and around: exploring urban space’ Noorani Press – With essays by Professor Gerda Roper, Juliet Highet, Marjorie Husain, Dr. Akbar Naqvi, Mohsin Jaffri, MS Kureshi

 
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PROJECTS

2020 ‘Contemporary Nature Murals’, Mural Paintings Project, Commissioned by Delhi Private School, Ras Al Khaimah


2010 ‘Contemporary Pakistani Artists’ (Paperback) General Books LLC, ISBN-13: 9781156558416 Barnes and Noble 


2019 ‘Sharjah Expo’, Art workshop in collaboration with the Sharjah Museum / Sharjah Heritage institute at Sharjah Expo Centre, Sharjah


2019 ‘Art Collaboration with Bill Zhao’, Art collaboration painting with Chinese Master Artist Bill Zhao during the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing


2014 “Conditioning in art: Images without context”, Art Lecture for TED talks, TEDx event at NED University, Karachi